Admissions Deadlines: Fall - December 1
  Individuals interested in applying to this program should submit their application and supporting documents through SOPHAS (, a general online application for schools of public health. A graduated fee is charged for this application, depending on the number of accredited schools to which you apply.
Standardized Test Scores: Students must submit a GRE general test (institutional code 5268).
Recommendations required: Ph.D. - Three (3) recommendations
Prior Academic Records: Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Transcripts must be forwarded to SOPHAS in their original sealed envelopes directly from the institution. Official transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services (
Statement of Purpose: In an essay of approximately 1500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application. The Committee reviews your Statement of Purpose to determine your motivation for pursuing a career in public health and health services.
International Applicants: Please review International Applicant Information ( carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements. Detailed documentation needed for this program is available here (
  Please note that the following minimum English language test scores are required for admission:
  - Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0; or
  - TOEFL: 100 on Internet-based.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Admissions
Suite 200
Milken Institute School of Public Health
950 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions: ~ 202-994-2160 (phone)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday

Two program options are available: Option A is more quantitative and includes advanced statistical coursework in the Department of Statistics. Option B, while also quantitative, allows for courses and electives with a primary focus on public health.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 72 credits including: 34 to 37 credits1 in required public health, epidemiology, and statistics coursework; these credits include 3 credits in program-specific epidemiology selective coursework, a minimum of 14 credits in graduate elective courses, 3 credits in consulting coursework, and 12 to 21 credits in dissertation research. Successful completion of a comprehensive examination is required.

Preparatory Requirements

Minimum prerequisite courses for admission consideration
BISC 1111
BISC 1112
Introductory Biology: Cells and Molecules
and Introductory Biology: The Biology of Organisms
MATH 1231Single-Variable Calculus I
MATH 1232Single-Variable Calculus II
MATH 2233Multivariable Calculus (option A only)
Additional course requirements for admissions consideration
The courses listed below are additional course preparatory requirements. Applicants lacking these courses (or equivalents to these GW courses) will be considered for conditional admission with the expectation that these courses will be completed within two semesters following matriculation in the program. Credit for these courses does not count toward the 72 credits required for the degree and grades earned are not reflected in the overall grade-point average.
MATH 2184Linear Algebra I
STAT 2183Intermediate Statistics Lab/Packages
or PUBH 6853 Use of Statistical Packages for Data Management and Data Analysis

Degree Requirements

Required courses (34 to 37 credits) 1
Epidemiology and public health core
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology
PUBH 6080Pathways to Public Health
PUBH 6247Epidemiologic Methods I: Design of Health Studies 2
PUBH 6252Epidemiologic Methods II: Advanced Epidemiologic Methods 2
PUBH 6421Responsible Conduct of Research
PUBH 8099Doctoral Topics (PhD seminar: Cross Cutting Concepts in Public Health)
PUBH 8419Measurement in Public Health and Health Services 2
PUBH 8435PhD Dissertation Proposal Development 3
STAT 6210Data Analysis
PUBH 6866Principles of Clinical Trials
PUBH 6865Applied Categorical Data Analysis
PUBH 8877Generalized Linear Models in Biostatistics 2
Coursework for either Option A or Option B:
Option A
STAT 6201Mathematical Statistics I
STAT 6202Mathematical Statistics II
Option B
PUBH 8364Quantitative Methods
One of the following two-course sets for a total of 3 credits:
PUBH 6242
PUBH 8242
Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health: Reading the Research
and Advanced Topics in Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health: Reading the Research
PUBH 6244
PUBH 8244
Cancer Epidemiology
and Doctoral Topics: Cancer Epidemiology
PUBH 6245
PUBH 8245
Infectious Disease Epidemiology
and Doctoral Topics: Infectious Disease Epidemiology
PUBH 6250
PUBH 8250
Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS
and Doctoral Topics: Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS
PUBH 6259
PUBH 8259
Epidemiology Surveillance in Public Health
and Doctoral Topics: Epidemiologic Surveillance in Public Health
Electives 1
At least 14 credits in graduate-level EXNS, HSML, PUBH, or STAT courses.
Consulting (3 credits)
PUBH 6869Principles of Biostatistical Consulting
PUBH 8283Doctoral Biostatistics Consulting Practicum 4
Dissertation research (12 to 21 credits)
PUBH 8999Dissertation Research (taken in units of 3 credits for a total of 12 to 21 credits)

1The total number of credits varies depending on whether the student is following Option A or Option B and/or if the consulting requirement is waived (see footnote 4).

2Basis for PhD general comprehensive examination.

3PUBH 8435 may be waived and replaced with dissertation credits at the discretion of program director.

4The program director may waive the consulting requirement based on written documentation of prior equivalent coursework or relevant work experience. Waiver of the consulting requirement increases the total required number of elective credits proportionally.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Program options: Students may choose either curriculum Plan A or curriculum Plan B for the Doctor of Philosophy degree in the field of epidemiology.
  2. Graduate credit requirement: 72 graduate credits are required.
  3. Prerequisites: Review official program guide for minimum prerequisite requirements for admission.
  4. Comprehensive (General) exam
    1. A written comprehensive exam will be administered within 24 months from date of matriculation based on the course content of PUBH 6247 Epidemiologic Methods I: Design of Health StudiesPUBH 6252 Epidemiologic Methods II: Advanced Epidemiologic Methods, and PUBH 8419 Measurement in Public Health and Health Services. The exam is administered once per year in August. 
    2. An oral presentation of the proposal for dissertation is made to the students’ Dissertation Research Committee. The Committee will determine the student’s readiness to pursue and complete the proposed research.
  5. Dissertation: 12-21 credits of dissertation research are required. Students may register for up to 6 credits of PUBH 8999 Dissertation Research prior to completion of the proposal defense.
  6. Grade point requirements: An overall GPA of 3.0 (B average) is required.
  7. Time limit requirement: The degree must be completed in 7 years.
  8. Transfer credit policy: Up to 24 credits from an applicable master's program may be approved to be transferred to the doctoral program. Credits must have been earned from an accredited institution with a grade point average of B or better.