For Doctoral Degrees

Requirements for admission to the doctoral programs are generally more stringent than those for the MPH or MS degree programs. Considerable attention is given to the match between the expertise of the faculty and the specific interests of the candidate. Students may work towards a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree at Rutgers School of Public Health.

**UPDATE** Please note we are not accepting applications to the DrPH degree program for the 2017-2018 academic year as we revise the DrPH curriculum. The PhD degree program is accepting applications.

The PhD degree program require a minimum of 72 credit hours for completion. Candidates for the PhD degree are required to complete comprehensive written and oral examinations, as well as complete and defend original dissertation research. Through doctoral level research, students will develop expertise on a single topic, design and implement a research project, integrate and interpret complex data, and complete a comprehensive dissertation. Students must plan this carefully.

Although students will work closely with their faculty advisors, they will bear responsibility for developing research of publishable quality. Doctoral students are accepted in five concentration areas: Biostatistics, Environmental & Occupational Health, Epidemiology, Health Education & Behavioral Science, and Health Systems & Policy, at our New Brunswick location; the Epidemiology concentration is also available at our Newark location. The program is designed to be flexible and responsive to the needs of individual students. A specific course of study will be selected by the student in consultation with his/her major advisor and then must be approved by the doctoral committee, although individual students may make substitutions with the written approval of the doctoral committee.

Each applicant to the doctoral program is required to submit a full application, including identification of an area of proposed research. These materials will be reviewed by the entire doctoral committee for quality and compatibility with the interests of the faculty. Personal visits are strongly encouraged for applicants to meet with faculty prior to this review. After review by the doctoral committee and upon identification of a Rutgers School of Public Health faculty member (at the rank of assistant professor or higher) willing to serve as the applicant’s advisor, the doctoral committee may recommend admission of that student.

(all transcripts must be official sent directly from accredited institution)
Required from an accredited school in the US or Canada; International applicants see footnote below
IN LIEU OF GRE2 MCAT, GMAT, DAT, or Pass USMLE, Step I; or have U.S. or Canadian Medical Board Certification; or have a doctorate from an accredited school in the US or Canada; LSAT for JD/MPH applicants or the LSAT can be substituted in all departments except BIST and EPID.

Three letters are required for doctoral degree applicants.

WAIVERS FOR UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE TRANSCRIPT2 MD, DO, PhD, DDS, DMD, DVM, EdD, DrPH, ScD, PharmD from an accredited US or Canadian school
(must be official copy)
Required for students educated outside the US in Non-English speaking countries, or a passing score in the English Portion of the ECFMG
WORK EXPERIENCE Relevant work experience is preferred
PREREQUISITE COURSES Varies Department of Specialization


1For students who obtained an undergraduate degree in a country other than the U.S. or Canada, a course-by-course evaluation of their transcripts is required unless an advanced degree has been earned in the U.S. SOPHAS only accepts transcript evaluations by the World Education Services Inc. (WES). It is the responsibility of the student to obtain this evaluation.

2In the case of a doctorally-trained applicant, who is a faculty member at Rutgers, a Letter of Appointment by the Board of Governors or other employment official may replace the transcripts and GRE scores.

3 If coming directly from an academic setting, a letter from a faculty member is preferred.