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Application to Epidemiology
Another UW Graduate or Professional Degree Program
and Concurrent Degree Application

Students who are currently in a graduate or professional degree program in another department at the University of Washington, and who wish to transfer to, or earn a concurrent degree in, the Epidemiology Department, must re-apply through the Graduate Admissions application system following the directions below.



Students May Start Only in Autumn or Possibly Summer Quarter
Entry in Spring Quarter may be possible only if you are a postdoctoral fellow at UWMC or a related teaching hospital, and have already completed both EPI 510, 512-13 and BIOST 511-12 or BIOST 517-8. If you meet these criteria, you may petition for entry in Spring Quarter.  The petition should include the reasons for entering Spring Quarter and be addressed to the Admissions Committee. It should be sent to epi@uw.edu. The result will depend on the reasons and room in the program. Winter Quarter entry is not allowed. Summer Quarter has almost no classes for new students, but students who have only one year to complete an master's degree should finalize their thesis topic and MPH students should conduct their practicum. MD/MPH and MCB PhD/MS students see appropriate section/webpage.

Sometimes a concurrent applicant is more competitive when he or she has been in the other UW program for a year because it allows time to possibly take a few public health classes, consider the area of interest within the epidemiology field, contact Epidemiology faculty members and discuss 2-4 faculty members with whom a student may like to work on his or her thesis. Such discussions are not a commitment on anyone's part. Thesis chairs must be Epidemiology core or adjunct faculty. See faculty research interests.


  • December 1: We must receive the following items by the deadline in order for your application to be considered: Graduate School On Line Application, copy of previous UW Graduate or Medical School application including transcripts, reference letters, prior GRE scores (See Medical Student Application, if applicable) and TOEFL/IELTS/PTE scores (if applicable), a new statement of purpose, new CV or resume, 2-3 new references (depending on degree goal) , and new Optional Diversity Statement, if desired. See Application Procedures below for detailed information.

  • December 15: Applications must be complete, including new reference letters, new unofficial UW transcript, and new test scores (if applicable). See Application Procedures for detailed information.

All concurrent degree applicants must re-apply through the Graduate school


Students currently enrolled in in a graduate or professional degree program at UW.

Submit these items by the appropriate deadline above.

  • Completed on-line Epidemiology Program Form
  • New Statement of Purpose: See Statement of Purpose Instructions. You should have thought carefully and done some background research into potential areas of research for the PhD. If applying for the PhD, please discuss your Master’s thesis in about one paragraph (if applicable).
  • New CV
  • Current Unofficial Transcript: Obtain one at no cost from MyUW. It should include the most recent Autumn Quarter grades, if applicable. If the grades will not be available until after December 15th, send your MyUW transcript by email to epiapply@uw.edu. This applies to all applicants enrolled at the UW.
  • New References
    For MS or MPH: at least 2 new reference letters
    For PhD: three new reference letters
    All letters should be from faculty and/or research supervisors with a doctorate who know your work well. No special form is required. See Recommenders for the appropriate content. Also indicate which letters to use from your previous application, if desired. If you use the online reference system be sure to contact the recommenders in well advance so the system email is not discarded as "junk".If you choose "send by mail", ask the recommender to send hard copies.to Epidemiology Program Office, Box 357236, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195 or as an email attachment to epiapply@uw.edu.
  • Items from your current department: Ask your current department to send one copy of the following items from your previous application to the Epidemiology Program Office, Box 357236, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195: 1) transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate institutions, as applicable; 2) reference letters, and 3) GRE scores. (An applicant with a U.S. doctorate applying for only an MPH or MS need not provide GRE scores). All UW MD/MPH and UW Medical Scientist Training Program applicants must provide copies of their MCAT scores instead of GRE scores.  Other MD applicants to either a master’s or a doctoral program must provide GRE scores. See Medical Student Application below. An international applicant must also request that his/her current department send a copy of the previous TOEFL/IELTS/PTE score, if applicable.
  • The Epidemiology Doctoral Preliminary Examination score will be considered for a PhD applicant who has taken the exam. Provide a copy of your score letter. Applicants who have taken the examination, but have not passed will not be considered for the doctoral program.


  • MD/MPH Concurrent Degree Applicants must apply to the UW Graduate School using the procedures above. GRE scores are not required from MD/MPH applicants at UW. Non-UW MD students must submit GRE scores and apply using the regular Application Procedures
    • An MD/MPH applicant should apply in his or her first year in the MD program if possible. He/she should contact epi@uw.edu upon arrival in Seattle to obtain application and MD course advice. Admission is very competitive.
  • Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) MD/PhD Applicants
    • Follow the Procedures above
    • GRE scores are not required for applicants who are part of the UW MSTP.
    • It is your responsibility to find guaranteed funding from a faculty mentor at the basic science level for your entire PhD program. During your first year in the PhD Program, your mentor must supplement your MSTP stipend to the basic science level. During your second through final PhD years, your mentor must provide full basic science-level funding. Securing such a commitment may be difficult because faculty in the Department of Epidemiology are dependent on NIH grant funding of limited duration and Epidemiology faculty usually pay the standard UW RA rate, which is signifacantly lower. Consult Funding for Graduate Students for more information. The Epidemiology Program Office may be able to assist you with your search.
  • MD/PhD Applicants who are not enrolled in the UW MSTP: Apply using the same method as the MD/MPH applicants above. GRE General Test scores are required. You are not required to locate funding prior to admission, but it would be wise to try to do as early as possible.  Consult Funding for Graduate Students for more information.

Students not currently enrolled in a graduate or professional program at UW:

  • You must apply to both programs separately.
    • You should not use the same statement or references because both should speak to public health for your Epidemiology application.
    • You need not send GRE or English test scores separately.
    • You must pay two fees, although you may be able to waive one based on need if requested at least 7 calendar days in advance of submission. See the regular application instructions below.
  • Follow the regular application instructions.
  • Read this entire page for more important information.


  • Both degrees must be at the UW. (A student may earn a concurrent degree at another institution, but the requirements are completely separate.)

  • Concurrent students in the following programs may count 12 UW credits toward both degrees if approved by both departments:

    • A UW doctoral student in one department earning a UW master’s degree in another department, including, but not limited to the MD/MPH, PhD/MPH or PhD/MS.

    • A master’s student enrolled in formal concurrent master’s programs, including the MPH/MAIS, MPH/MPA, and MS/MPA. (We do not have a formal concurrent MSN/MPH in Epidemiology at the present time. See below for an alernative)

    • A student earning informal concurrent master’s degrees may not count 12 credits for both degrees according to Graduate School regulations. However, if a student earns more than the credits required by the Graduate School, it may be possible to count certain relevant courses toward both degrees with the approval of both departments. Consult epiapply@uw.edu and your current degree program office for more information.

    • Some non-thesis master’s programs in other departments will allow an Epidemiology thesis to count for the final paper or research component.  For more information, consult the other department. Epidemiology does not have a non-thesis option and a thesis from another department will not count in Epidemiology.

    This page was last updated on August 16, 2012