Application and Admissions

Fall 2024 Admissions are closed


­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­What do we look for in an applicant?

  • 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 epidemiology, public health, or related fields such as biostatistics, medicine, psychology, nursing, allied health professions, and others)
  • Graduate school funding is available.
  • Admissions occur only once per academic year.


All applicants must complete an online application to the Graduate School. The minimum admission requirements for the program are as follows:

  1. A master’s degree in public health or a related field with a minimum GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in all graduate work. Students who have not completed a master’s degree in public health may be required to take additional courses as determined by the Ph.D. Review Committee upon review of current CEPH requirements. Such courses will be specified at the time of admission into the program.
  2. GRE scores are not required.
  3. Non-native speakers of English who do not hold a degree from a US university must demonstrate English language proficiency. Please visit the Graduate School website for accepted standardized tests and minimum scores.
  4. All applicants are required to submit a personal statement explaining why they want to pursue the Ph.D. in their specific area of research at UNC Charlotte.
  5. In addition to the personal statement, a writing sample is required for all applicants applying to the Ph.D. program.
  6. Three letters of recommendation, including at least two letters from former professors familiar with the applicant’s graduate work. Exceptions should be discussed with the program director.
  7. A copy of transcripts from all prior universities or colleges. (note: official transcripts will be needed at the time of matriculation).
  8. Resume/CV

We look at an application in its entirety to determine a person’s strengths and relative fit to our program; availability of advisors, areas of research interest, and academic history are important considerations, as is research and public health practice work experience

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)