Admissions Deadlines: Fall - December 1 (This program enrolls on a biennial basis every even year.)
Individuals interested in applying to this program should submit their application and supporting documents through SOPHAS, a general online application for Schools of Public Health. A graduated fee is charged for this application, depending on the number of accredited schools to which you apply.
Standardized Test Scores: GRE general test (institutional code 5268).
Recommendations required: Three (3) recommendations
Prior Academic Records: Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Transcripts must be forwarded to SOPHAS in their original sealed envelopes directly from the institution.
Official transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. Please see the list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.
Statement of Purpose: In no more than 1500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application.
In addition to the above, please describe your current skills and future goals related to research, leadership, and problem solving.
The Committee reviews your Statement of Purpose to determine your motivation for pursuing a career in public health.
International Applicants: Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 GW, and English language requirements. Detailed documentation needed for this program is available here.
PLEASE NOTE that all programs in the Milken Institute School of Public Health require the following minimum English language test scores for admission:
- Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0.
- TOEFL: 100 on Internet-based.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

Office of Admissions
Suite 200
Milken Institute School of Public Health
950 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions: ~ 202.994.2160 (phone)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 48 credits, including 8 credits in PhD core courses, 20 credits in program-specific courses, at least 10 credits in elective courses; and 10 credits in dissertation  research; and successful completion of a comprehensive examination.

PhD core courses (8 credits)
PUBH 6080Pathways to Public Health
PUBH 6421Responsible Conduct of Research
PUBH 8099Doctoral Topics (Phd Seminar: Cross Cutting Concepts in Public Health ONLY)
PUBH 8416Study Design & Evaluation Methods
PUBH 8418Applied Statistical Analysis
Program-specific courses (20 credits)
PPPA 8022Econometrics for Policy Research II
PUBH 6340Health Economics and Finance
PUBH 8404Advanced Topics: Health Systems and Health Policy Research
PUBH 8405Advanced Topics: Health Economics Research
PUBH 8417Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis
PUBH 8620Seminar: Foundations of U.S. Health Policy
PUBH 8622Health Care Payments, Systems, and Delivery Models
At least 10 credits in elective courses. A recommended list of electives is available in the program guide.
10 credits
PUBH 8435PhD Dissertation Proposal Development
PUBH 8999Dissertation Research (8 credits)
Comprehensive examination
Successful completion of a comprehensive examination is required.

Graduation requirements as follow:

  1. Credits: Successful completion of 48 credits.
  2. Comprehensive examination: Once the course of study is completed, students are required to pass the comprehensive exam to be officially admitted to the candidacy phase.
  3. Dissertation: PUBH 8435 dissertation proposal writing plus 8 credits in dissertation research are required. Once the proposal has been successfully defended and the dissertation research credit requirements has been met, the oral defense may be scheduled.
  4. Grade-point average: A minimum overall grade-point average of B (3.0).
  5. Time limit: The degree must be completed within seven years.