PhD Admissions Requirements


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  • A strong academic background and public health or research relevant experience.
  • Interest in the social and behavioral sciences and their influence on health and health outcomes.
  • A master’s degree in public health or related field is preferred.

For fullest consideration, all materials must be submitted to the Graduate School by January 10th for admission to the Fall semester. Students with master’s degrees in related fields (psychology, sociology, gerontology, nursing, social work, allied health professions, and others) are encouraged to apply.

  • This deadline is especially important for applicants who want to be cinisdered for assistantships or fellowship opportunities.
  • Applicantions completed after January 15 but by March 15 will be reviewed and decisioned regarding admission made on a space available basis.
  • Admissions occurs only once per academic year.

For further information please consult the Student Handbook.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must complete an online application to the Graduate School. Applications must be completed by January 15, for full consideration. The minimum admission requirements for the program are as follows:

  1. Master’s degree in public health or a related field with a minimum GPA of 3.5 (A=4.0) in all graduate work.
  2. Competitive GRE scores. GRE scores taken within the past five years.
  3. Minimum score of 83 (Internet based), 220 (computer-based test) or 557 (paper-based test) on the TOEFL if the previous degree was from a country where English is not the official language. 
  4. A statement of purpose in which the applicant details why she/he wants to pursue a PhD in Public Health Sciences in the specified concentration at UNC Charlotte.
  5. Three letters of recommendation; including at least two letters from former professors familiar with the applicant’s graduate work.
  6. Students who have not completed a CEPH (Council on Education for Public Health) accredited Master’s degree in public health may be required to take additional master’s level courses as determined by the PhD Review Committee.  Such courses will be specified at the time of admission into the program.

The University Catalog, application forms and materials can be obtained from:

Graduate Admissions
UNC Charlotte
Cato 210

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte NC 28223-0001
704‑687‑5503 (Phone)
704‑687‑3279 (Fax)

Application Review

Applications are reviewed for admission in January. We strongly encourage prospective students to visit the campus and meet with program faculty. Admission decisions are typically made in early February.



L. Michele Issel, PhD, RN
Professor, Director PhD in Public Health Sciences Program
Dept. of Public Health Sciences
College of Health and Human Services
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.Charlotte, NC 28223
Phone: 704-687-7191

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