Department of Epidemiology
The Department of Epidemiology offers two different degrees:
a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). The M.P.H. degree is administered through the School
of Public Health while the Ph.D. is administered through
School of Graduate Studies. For detailed descriptions
of the degrees, please refer to our Department's Programs and Degrees web page.
To apply for the M.P.H. degree, please visit the School
of Public Health's Application and Deadline page where you will be directed to SOPHAS.
To apply for the Ph.D., please visit the Rackham School of Graduate Studies Application page.
Applicants must submit a complete online application, a non-refundable application fee, official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, three letters of recommendation, a personal statement, a statement of purpose and GRE or MCAT scores. Applicants whose first language is not English must also submit TOEFL or MELAB scores (English Requirements). For additional information on the School of Public Health's policies and procedures regarding the application procedure, please visit the SPH Application Process page.
Minimum Requirements for Applying
- All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
- Applicants for the Doctoral Program (Ph.D.) must have a relevant master's degree (i.e. Master of Public Health, or M.S. in Biostatistics or other public health field) prior to being considered for admission.
- All applicants are required to submit GRE or MCAT scores. The score must be from within the last 5 years.
- Applicants whose native language is not English will need to present evidence of competency in English (TOEFL or MELAB scores). However, if a non-native English speaker has been granted a degree in an English speaking institution, the TOEFL or MELAB test is not required. Please refer to the Admissions page for International Applicants for details on English proficiency requirements as well as other requirements specific to international students.
Note for all applicants: The department works on a rolling admissions process and reviews and makes admission decisions prior to the application deadline. It is recommended that you try to submit a complete application in advance of the deadline.
- An undergraduate course in statistics is highly recommended
M.P.H. Admission Information
Application Deadlines for Fall 2013
- Domestic Deadline: January 15, 2013
- International Applicant Hard Deadline: January 15, 2013
- Although our hard deadline is January 15, 2013, it is best to submit your application in advance of the deadline. Applications are reviewed beginning in December on a rolling basis.
In addition to completing the application, applicants must submit the following to SOPHAS (you do not need to submit these documents to the University of Michigan). Please note that MCAT and TOEFL scores must be submitted via SOPHAS, GRE scores must be submitted directly to University of Michigan using code 1954.
- Statement of Purpose - a concise, well-written essay about your career goals and how the graduate program will help you meet your career and education objectives. This essay should be approximately 1500 words in length.
- Personal Statement - a brief description about your background. This essay should be approximately 500 words in length. (In SOPHAS, under Applications<School Designations, click on "Additional Questions" and scroll down to "Optional Personal Statement")
- Official Transcripts documenting all undergraduate and graduate work (official transcripts should be sent to SOPHAs)
Students with non-US undergraduate institutions will need to have a World Education Services (WES) analysis submitted with their transcripts.
- Three Letters of Recommendation - academic and professional recommendations are desired; personal recommendations are not accepted
Ph.D. Admission Information
Application Deadlines for Fall 2013
- HARD Deadline: December 1, 2012
- Typically, it takes a long time to receive letters of recommendation, test scores and transcripts. It is best to submit your application far in advance to make sure that all documentation arrives before the deadline date.
- Only complete applications will be reviewed.
All Rackham applications and supplemental materials should be submitted in accordance with the directions on the Rackham application at http://www.rackham.umich.edu/admissions/applying/submit_your_application/start/apply_annarbor/.
In addition to completing the application, applicants must submit the following:
- Statement of Purpose - a concise, well-written essay about your career goals and how the graduate program will help you meet your career and education objectives
- Personal Statement - a brief description about your background (500 word limit).
- Official Transcripts documenting all undergraduate and graduate work (Official transcripts must be sent to Rackham AND to the Epidemiology Department) Students with non-US undergraduate institutions are strongly encouraged to have a World Education Services (WES) analysis submitted to the epidemiology department with their transcripts.
- Three Letters of Recommendation* - academic and professional recommendations are desired; personal recommendations are not accepted
- GRE (Rackham code - 1839) and/or MCAT scores taken within the last five (5) years
* If you submit your letters electronically through Rackham, you do not need to send the hardcopy letters to the Epidemiology Department. If you send hardcopy letters you only need to send them to the Department of Epidemiology:
Epidemiology Ph.D. Admissions
University of Michigan
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1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029