Frequently Asked Questions
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The UW requirements for TOEFL and other English language proficiency tests are available here.
Otherwise, incoming students' coursework is determined by their past experience with statistics and epidemiology. If a student has already taken these courses (and did well in them), they start with the advanced courses. Sample schedules can be found on our website.
If you have received an MPH from the UW, that will put you in a good position to finish our PhD program more quickly than if you had not.
There is no established requirement for a minimum GRE score. However, the scores are heavily considered in granting admission and applicants in or above the 80% percentile are considered competitive.
Unfortunately, GRE scores submitted past the December 15 deadline will be too late for consideration. The admissions committee reviews applications soon after the deadline. If you were to apply without GRE scores, the competitiveness of your application would be significantly reduced and/or considered incomplete.
You may submit your application at any time up until the December 15 deadline. GRE scores are submitted to the University of Washington, code 4854, at which point they are matched with your electronic application. Therefore, you can submit your application first and your GRE scores later. However, please ensure that ETS sends your GRE scores as close to the deadline as possible. Otherwise, if your application goes to review without GRE scores, it will be considered less competitive.
If your GRE scores are going to expire soon, your best strategy is to ask ETS to submit your scores to the University of Washington. These stay in the UW system for at least a full year. They're saved in an electronic file called "unmatched test scores." Once you apply, the scores automatically match up with your application and we're able to have access to them. Once you actually submit your application to our program, it's likely that your GRE scores will link up with your application.
GRE scores are submitted to the University of Washington, code 4854. We do not have separate codes for departments or school. All scores are sent to the one code, and then matched with the applicant once the online application is complete. The scores are sent to the UW, and ETS provides students with the school code. The ETS website is www.ets.org. If you don't see your scores on your online application in the next couple days after submitting them, try calling UW Graduate Admissions at 206-543-5929. They administer the online system and can help you with this matter.
The PhD program will not accept the GMAT in lieu of the GRE.
If you are ultimately denied admission to the program and have additional questions about how to strengthen your application to re-apply the following year, please contact the Student Services Counselor (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Regrettably, we cannot guarantee support for international students. We sometimes have research assistant positions on faculty grants, and international students can be funded on these. But this is unpredictable and rarely can be arranged until the student is enrolled. Our other sources of funding are pre-doctoral fellowships, which are federally funded and open only to US citizens and permanent residents.
The UW Graduate School offers an extensive list of FAQ's for international students.
Financial aid information can be found via this link.
Additional information about funding for international students may be found on the Office of Fellowships and Awards page.
Here is the relevant section from the Graduate School FAQ for international students:
Do you require TOEFL, IELTS or any other English examination?
Proficiency in English is required for graduate study at the University of Washington. Therefore, every applicant whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency. No waivers of this English proficiency requirement may be given. See Graduate School Memo #8 and English proficiency tests comparison tables for the University's policy.
Please read Memo #8 - if your education at the relevant University is consistent with point #2 in that Memo, and you submit the appropriate documentation to the Graduate School, then that would count as proof of your English proficiency.
Special Admission Cases
The required courses do not contain in-depth content on health care delivery in other countries. Most, if not all, of the financial support that we have for students come with the requirement that students focus their doctoral work on U.S. topics. We have admitted some students with global health interests into the program in the past, but finding financial support has always been challenging and this has limited our ability to admit students in this area.
The Department of Global Health offers a PhD program. Please visit their website, or feel free to contact Dane Boog to learn more, at email@example.com
The goal of the Department of Health Services is for each PhD student to have sufficient financial aid to support their scholarship. The Admissions Committee matches incoming students with funding, and looking at these funding sources may help you determine your best funding match. We will work with each student to put together an aid or work package which meets their particular needs.
Our main sources of funding are predoctoral fellowships in the areas of Health Services Research, Biobehavioral Cancer Prevention and Control, and Occupational Health Services. You may learn more about these opportunities here. We have other sources of funding, too, including research assistant-ships (RAs), but these sources are not guaranteed and vary from year to year.
We encourage visitors to schedule appointments with faculty directly. One way you may determine faculty who share your research interests is by viewing the faculty bios on the web. Another way you may determine this is by reviewing our areas of emphasis. Each student must choose an area of emphasis after the first year of the program. In looking at these, you may see where your best fit is and contact the faculty lead to learn more about current research activities and opportunities for student involvement.
The PhD Program and the Department of Health Services are in the H-wing of the Magnuson Health Sciences Building. Please visit this link for a building map, directions to the nearest parking lot, and directions to the Department.
Courses can be found on the time schedule via this link (be sure to indicate the correct quarter and year).