PhD Admissions Requirements


Application Deadline is January 10


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We continue to review applications submitted after January10 until the Fall class is complete.

However, for best consideration applications should be completed before January 10.

Completing applications before January 10 is especially important for applicants who want to be considered for assistantships, or fellowship opportunities.



­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­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 public health or related field (such as psychology, sociology, gerontology, nursing, social work, allied health professions, and others)

For fullest consideration, all materials must be submitted to the Graduate School by January 10 for admission to the Fall semester. 

  • This deadline is especially important for applicants who want to be considered for assistantships or fellowship opportunities.
  • 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.  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 (on a 4.0 scale) in all graduate work

2) Competitive GRE scores taken within the past 5 years

3) TOEFL if the previous degree was from a country where English is not the official language, with a minimum score of 83 (Internet-based test), 220 (computer-based test), or 557 (paper-based test)

4) 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) Have completed a CEPH (Council on Education for Public Health) accredited Master’s degree in public health.  Students who have not completed a Master’s degree in public health may be required to take additional courses as determined by the PhD Review Committee upon review of current CEPH requirements.  Such courses will be specified at the time of admission into the program (see below for Prerequisite Coursework).

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)


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