- The School of Public Health offers ~50 degrees/tracks and ~15 graduate certificates. Carefully consider which
program best matches your qualifications and goals before applying as you will have to start your application over if you decide to change your
program or track. Complete list of degrees and certificate
programs offered by the School.
- Epidemiology is the study of the distribution of disease in populations and the study of risk and preventive factors for
- If you are interested primarily in program design, implementation, or management, health education, law, or policy, or health
services research, you should apply to Health Services (requires about 2 years
health sciences work experience) or Global Health (requires about 2
years health-related work experience in a developing country) instead of Epidemiology.
- Read the Admissions Criteria in advance of
- Relevant work (especially research) experience in epidemiology, health sciences or related fields (e.g. quantitative social
sciences) is especially important. If the applicant has no or limited health sciences work/research experience, more emphasis will be
placed on appropriate educational background, health-related research experience as a student, and excellent grades, GRE, statement of
purpose and references.
- Read the Direct UW application directions carefully well in advance
of the deadline. Click on each item to learn what is expected.
- Select recommenders well in advance after reading the criteria for
recommenders and reference letters.
- Send recommenders the information we seek in reference
letters and give them AT LEAST a month to write the letter.
- Read the Statement of Purpose information concerning
what to include in your statement.
- If you do not have a health sciences background, we recommend the following courses, as applicable to your interests, to provide some
of the knowledge needed in public health:
- Human Anatomy/Physiology - recommended for all
- Human Genetics
- Statistics - recommended for all
- Public Health (especially epidemiology, environmental health or survey courses in public health) - recommended for all
- Microbiology (if interested in infectious diseases)
- Molecular/Cellular Biology
- Study hard for the GRE and take it the prior summer so you can
retake it if your scores are lower than our preferred GRE scores at the 75th to 80th percentile or above. Early November is the latest you
can take the GRE to reach us in time.
- TOEFL/IELTS: See recommendations under GRE above.
It is strongly recommended if your GRE verbal score does not meet the above standard, that you take the TOEFL/IELTS to improve your
admission chances, even if it is not required.
This page was last updated on
November 7, 2011