Application and Admissions

Application Deadline is February 1

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We continue to review applications submitted after February 1 until the Fall class is complete.

However, for best consideration applications should be completed before February 1.

Completing applications before February 1 is especially important for applicants who want to be considered for assistantships, or for fellowship opportunities.

Applications to the HSR PhD program must be submitted through an online system which is available through the website of the Graduate School at UNC Charlotte. The website includes general admission requirements.  All applications must be made on-line.  Applicants should review the requirements thoroughly before applying. Highly competitive applicants will be automatically considered for graduate assistantship positions without the need for an additional application.  Availability of assistantships varies by year.


Admission Requirements

  1. Master's or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited university in a health related field, including, but not limited to public health, nursing, medicine, social work, kinesiology, health psychology, public administration, business administration, and nutrition.
  2. A graduate GPA of at least 3.5 on a four-point scale from an accredited program.
  3. Strong scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).    
  4. Completed at least one graduate level course in each of the following areas, with a grade of B or higher in each: Statistics or Biostatistics, Health Policy, Epidemiology, Foundational Public Health Knowledge
    • Applicants will be considered for admission if they have not completed the prerequisite graduate courses.  If admitted, students must consult with the Program Director to determine when to take these prerequisites during the course of their studies.  Graduates of a CEPH accredited degree program are waived from the foundational public health knowledge requirement.  Master's level courses taken to fulfill the prerequisite requirements are not counted toward the 61 credit hour total for the Ph.D.
  5. An essay addressing professional and academic experiences, motivation for pursuing the degree, specialty area of emphasis to pursue in the program, and how the program fits your career plans.  The essay should also identify at least one member of the HSR PhD Program Faculty or Participating Faculty with whom the applicant would like to work, based on shared research interests.  The applicant must include a statement indicating how his or her specific research interests align with those of at least one specific member of the HSR PhD Program Faculty or Participating Faculty.
  6. A current curriculum vitae.
  7. Applicants whose native language is not English must submit a satisfactory score on Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  8. Interviews may be scheduled with select applicants. Interviews are led by the Ph.D. Program Director and potential mentor(s) on the HSR Ph.D. faculty and are conducted either in person or by telephone. Before the interview, the applicant should provide the Program Director and potential mentor(s) with a current curriculum vitae and a record of completed degrees, including their grade point averages.
  9. Three letters of reference, at least one of which is from a graduate faculty member who taught the applicant, and one from a former supervisor.

Credit Transfer

  • To obtain approval to receive transfer credit, the student must submit an Application for Transfer of Credit into a Graduate Degree Program form (available in the Graduate School office), approved by the HSR PhD Program Director, to the Dean of the Graduate School.  If the courses being transferred are from another institution, the student must include an official copy of the transcript along with the request.  The University is not obligated to accept any courses for transfer credit.
  • No more than six semester hours of transfer credit will be considered for acceptance into the HSR PhD program.
  • Undergraduate courses are not transferable for graduate credit.
  • Graduate courses that appear in the undergraduate section of a transcript are only transferable if the Registrar of the institution where the credit was received can verify in writing that the graduate courses in question were not counted toward the student’s undergraduate degree requirements.
  • The grade in any course accepted for transferred credit must be “A” or “B” as defined by UNC Charlotte.  Courses that have been graded on a Pass/No Credit or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis will not be accepted for transfer.  Although the credit for a course may transfer, the grade will not be used to calculate the graduate GPA at UNC Charlotte.
  • Courses accepted for transfer are subject to the same time limitation as courses taken in residence.
  • To be considered for transferred credit, the courses must have been undertaken at a regionally accredited institution.
  • Courses in which credit is accepted must be clearly relevant to the HSR PhD curriculum.


Larissa Huber, PhD
Professor, Director of PhD Programs in Health Services Research and Public Health Sciences
Department of Public Health Sciences
College of Health and Human Services
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223
Phone: 704-687-8719