Graduate Division

Public Health Ph.D.

Section 1

Overview

  • There is no better time in history to engage with public health at UC Irvine, home to innovative and resourceful public health research, practice, and education initiatives.
  • With concentrations in Disease Prevention and Global Health, the doctoral degree is designed to emphasize the sociocultural diversity and global context of public health.
  • Graduates of the Ph.D. program will be prepared to lead independent and collaborative research careers in academic institutions, to teach at advanced levels of instruction, and to lead research efforts at agencies dedicated to public health at all levels of organization.

What Sets Us Apart?

  • Admitted students will have the opportunity to conduct research with extraordinarily gifted faculty members on the most pressing public health questions of our time.
  • Our curriculum is designed to prepare students to formulate hypotheses, design and conduct population studies, and evaluate research findings in the context of risk factors, vulnerable populations, and disease outcomes. Doctoral students in our program will acquire the research skills necessary to make discoveries that advance understanding of the determinants of health and strategies to prevent disease.
  • Students who complete the research training program will create new knowledge through a deep understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of public health challenges, research methods, and their application to contemporary and emerging trends in public health.

Quick Facts

Program Type

Doctoral Program

Normative Time to Degree

6 years

Capstone Type

Dissertation

Accordion Section

Admissions Requirements

We're excited that you have chosen to apply to UC Irvine for your PhD in Public Health degree. Students are admitted for the Fall quarter only. We encourage you to begin the application process early to ensure that your file is complete by the deadline. Applications are reviewed after the posted application deadline.

The deadline for receipt of all PhD in Public Health application materials, including test scores, letters of recommendation, transcripts, and the SOPHAS and UC Irvine applications is December 1.


Qualifications for the PhD in Public Health

To be eligible to apply to the PhD, an applicant must meet the minimum academic requirements:

  • Successful completion or expected completion of a bachelor's degree (or foreign equivalent) from a recognized academic institution prior to enrollment at UCI
  • Have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (B average)
  • Possess strong verbal and quantitative skills as reflected by GRE General Test scores


As the PhD Public Health is an interdisciplinary program, we encourage students from a variety of majors to apply.

Application Requirements

The following items are required to apply:

  • Online UC Irvine application and fee and SOPHAS application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose (Submitted in both applications)
  • Personal History Statement (Submitted in both applications if applicable)
  • GRE General Test scores (Submitted to SOPHAS and UCI Graduate Division)
  • Official transcripts from all institutions including community college and graduate coursework (see Transcripts below)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (Submitted online to SOPHAS and UCI Graduate Division)


SOPHAS and UC Irvine Application:

  • We do require both applications to be complete and paid in full in order for your application to be considered for review.
  • There is a fee for both applications (SOPHAS- $135 for the initial application; UC Irvine- $105 domestic and $125 international)
  • The UC Irvine Application window opens on September 1st. The SOPHAS application window opens September 3rd.


International Applicants

In addition to the above mentioned items, international applicants must also submit:

  • TOEFL or IELTS scores

Please see the test score section below for instructions on how to submit official test scores. Test scores that are two years or older are not acceptable.

For more helpful information on applying to UCI as an international student, see the UCI Graduate Division International Admissions page.

Transcripts, Test Scores, and Letters of Recommendation


Submitting Transcripts

During the application period, official transcripts from every school that you have attended after high school must be submitted to SOPHAS.


SOPHAS ADDRESS:

SOPHAS
PO BOX 9111
Watertown, MA 02471-9111
UCI Graduate Division:

For application review purposes only, scan and upload copies of transcripts for all institutions attended after high school. In the online application, you will be prompted to upload your scanned documents. Please upload both the front and back sides of the transcript. Uploaded transcripts should be recent and include the following: your name, dates of attendance, grades/marks received, credits and grading legend. UCI reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admission process, and rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between uploaded and official transcript(s) are found. Official transcripts will be requested if and when you are admitted and decide to attend UCI. Do not send official transcripts until this time, unless you are requested to do so.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If admitted to the PhD program, you will be required to submit official transcripts to the UCI Graduate Division from every school that you have attended after high school. Admission to the PhD program will be contingent upon receipt of your official transcripts. SOPHAS will not forward official transcripts to the UCI Graduate Division.

How to Submit your Graduate Admission Test Scores

The procedure for submitting your test scores varies by exam score(s) you choose to send. Please read the directions below carefully and remember that your application will not be considered complete or reviewed by the Admissions Committee without the required test scores!


GRE (Graduate Record Examination)

GRE scores must be submitted electronically by the testing service to the UCI Graduate Division and SOPHAS. To send an official GRE score report to UCI, please select institution code 4859. For SOPHAS, please use code 0617. GRE scores are not valid for more than five years.


TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

TOEFL or IELTS scores are required from all applicants from countries in which the official language is not English (please see http://www.grad.uci.edu/admissions/applying-to-uci/english-proficiency.html for exceptions to this policy). Scores must be submitted to SOPHAS and UCI. To send scores to SOPHAS, use code 5688 SOPHAS for TOEFL scores www.toefl.com or the code "SOPHAS" for IELTS scores www.ielts.org. To send scores to UCI, please use code 4859 to send official electronic TOEFL scores. IELTS scores may be submitted by asking the testing center to send electronic scores to UC Irvine. No institution code is required.


Letters of Recommendation

  • We require a minimum of three letters of recommendation to be submitted electronically to both the SOPHAS application and the UCI Graduate Division application.
  • The SOPHAS recommendation form has two components, a form with numerical ratings and a comments section. Recommendations without the written comments are considered incomplete by UC Irvine, and will not be sent forward for review by the department.
  • Graduate applications that do not include submitted letters of recommendation to both SOPHAS and the UCI Graduate Division will be considered incomplete by UC Irvine, and will not be sent forward for review by the department.
  • We do not accept hard-copy letters sent to our offices.


Essays -- Statement of Purpose And Personal History

  • You will need to upload your essays to both the SOPHAS application and the UC Irvine application. These must be identical statements that adhere to the word/character limits written below.
  • DO NOT upload your essays to only one application and indicate that we need to see the other application to find your essay. This will be considered incomplete.
  • Word Limits
    • Statement of Purpose - 1200 words
    • Personal History Statement - 4500 characters (about 750 words)
  • Guidelines
    • Your Statement of Purpose should explain why you want to pursue graduate training and conduct research in public health at UC Irvine. You need not choose a specific advisor or research topic when applying, but be sure to identify the issues, questions, and/or experiences that motivate your interest in public health research. Please also review our faculty profiles and identify one or more professors with whom you might be interested in conducting research, which will help us identify a first-year faculty advisor.
    • Personal History Statement - Your Personal History Statement gives you an opportunity to add some individuality and depth to the basic information contained in your Statement of Purpose. Please discuss how your personal background informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree; how you might contribute to social or cultural diversity within your chosen field; and/or how you might serve educationally underrepresented segments of society with your degree. You will enter this essay in the "Additional Questions" section of the SOPHAS application.


PLEASE NOTE

Due to the large volume of applications we receive, we cannot confirm receipt of UC Irvine Graduate applications. The department will not confirm the receipt of application materials or online applications to SOPHAS, as SOPHAS has a status page that you can access after your application is received. The completeness and timeliness of your applications is your responsibility, so check back often. Be sure to allow yourself enough time to turn in the applications by the deadline, remembering that unanticipated technical difficulties do sometimes occur. Incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

Financial Support

Most Ph.D. students at UCI are supported by a combination of fellowships, teaching assistantships, research assistantships and faculty training grants. Because student funding is coordinated at the departmental level, be sure to ask your department about your options.

The Graduate Division also offers an array of financial support resources, such as fellowship competitions open to incoming and current UCI students, and funding workshops and writing tutors available through the Graduate Resource Center.

For information on funding opportunities for international graduate students, read more here.

Click here to access the associated nomination and application deadlines for various fellowship opportunities.

Click here for a summary of funding eligibility for UCI graduate students who meet AB540 and/or DACA criteria.

Tuition & Fees

Graduate/Credential Student Fees 2018-19

  Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Spring 2019 Annual
Student Services Fee 376.00 376.00 376.00 1,128.00
Tuition 3,814.00 3,814.00 3,814.00 11,442.00
Assoc. Grad Students Fee 9.00 9.00 9.00 27.00
Student Center Fee 137.88 137.88 137.87 413.63
Bren Events Center Fee 23.00 23.00 23.00 69.00
Recreation Center Fee 88.00 88.00 88.00 264.00
eTech Fee * 60.00 60.00 60.00 180.00
Document Fee † 80.00 0.00 0.00 80.00
Student Health Insurance 1,348.00 1,347.00 1,347.00 4,042.00
Total California Resident $5,795.88 $5,794.88 $5,794.87 $17,385.63
Nonresident Supplemental Tuition 5,034.00 5,034.00 5,034.00 15,102.00
Total Nonresident $10,829.88 $10,828.88 $10,828.87 $32,487.63

Posted 10 August 2018 at http://reg.uci.edu/fees/2018-2019/graduate.html

The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.

The non-refundable eTech Fee is required of all students and is used to support the maintenance and improvement of existing education technology, and new services and capabilities. The eTech fee is listed separately as the charged amount varies based on the amount of undergraduate units the student is enrolled in and is assessed later in the term than the other fees listed. The fee is $4 per unit of undergraduate lecture course, up to a maximum amount of $60 (or 15 units) per quarter. It will be assessed after the third week of instruction. The $60 eTech Fee included on this chart reflects the maximum possible fee.

† The Document Fee provides lifetime access to official transcripts and academic verifications without a fee for in-person pickup or delivery by USPS. In addition, there is no fee for mailing the initial diploma. Effective Fall 2018, new undergraduate, professional, and graduate students are assessed the one-time document fee. Eligible students are able to use financial aid to cover the Document Fee.

Core Faculty

Alpesh N. Amin, M.D. Northwestern University, Thomas and Mary Cesario Endowed Chair in Medicine and Professor of Medicine; Biomedical Engineering; Paul Merage School of Business; Program in Public Health (hospital medicine, quality/safety, new technologies in healthcare)


Dean B. Baker, M.D. University of California, San Diego, Professor Emeritus of Medicine; Environmental Health Sciences; Program in Public Health


Scott Bartell, Ph.D. University of California, Davis, Associate Professor of Program in Public Health; Environmental Health Sciences; Social Ecology; Statistics


Hans-Ulrich Bernard, Ph.D. University of Goettingen, Professor Emeritus of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry; Program in Public Health


Zuzana Bic, Dr.P.H. Loma Linda University, Lecturer with Security of Employment of Program in Public Health


Stephen C. Bondy, Ph.D. University of Birmingham, Professor of Medicine; Environmental Health Sciences; Pharmacology; Program in Public Health


Tim-Allen Bruckner, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Associate Professor of Program in Public Health; Urban Planning and Public Policy


Bharath Chakravarthy, M.D. Boston University, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine; Program in Public Health


Wayne Wei Chung Chang, M.D. Saint Louis University, Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine; Program in Public Health


Yunan Chen, Ph.D. Drexel University, Associate Professor of Informatics; Program in Public Health (medical informatics, human computer interaction)


Bongkyoo Choi, Sc.D. University of Massachusetts, Assistant Professor of Medicine; Environmental Health Sciences; Program in Public Health


Ralph W. Cygan, M.D. State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, Health Sciences Professor of Medicine; Program in Public Health


Robert Detrano, M.D. Sapienza University of Rome, Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Radiological Sciences; Program in Public Health


Karen L. Edwards, Ph.D. University of Washington, Chair and Professor of Epidemiology; Genetic Epidemiology Research Institute; Program in Public Health


Rufus D. Edwards, Ph.D. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Professor of Program in Public Health; Environmental Health Sciences; Epidemiology


Daniel L. Gillen, Ph.D. University of Washington, Department Chair and Professor of Statistics; Program in Public Health


Michele B. Goodwin, J.D. Boston College, Director, Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy and UCI's Chancellor's Professor of School of Law; Criminology, Law and Society; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Program in Public Health


Lisa B. Grant Ludwig, Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, Professor of Program in Public Health


Suellen Hopfer, Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, Assistant Professor of Program in Public Health


F. Allan Hubbell, M.D. Baylor University, Professor Emeritus of Medicine; Program in Public Health


Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, M.D. University of Bonn, Professor of Medicine; Program in Public Health


Michael T. Kleinman, Ph.D. New York University, Adjunct Professor of Community & Environ Medicine; Environmental Health Sciences; Program in Public Health


Elliott H. Kornhauser, M.D. University of Toronto, Health Sciences Professor of Medicine; Program in Public Health


Cynthia Lakon, Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Associate Professor of Program in Public Health


Alana Lebron, Ph.D. University of Michigan, Assistant Professor of Program in Public Health; Chicano/Latino Studies


Shahram Lotfipour, M.D. University of Iowa, Professor of Emergency Medicine; Program in Public Health


Yunxia Lu, Ph.D. University Tongi Medical College, Associate Professor of Program in Public Health


Ulrike Luderer, M.D., Ph.D. Northwestern University, Director of the Environmental Health Sciences Graduate Program and Professor of Medicine; Developmental and Cell Biology; Environmental Health Sciences; Program in Public Health (reproductive toxicology, developmental toxicology, developmental basis of ovarian toxicity, ovarian cancer)


Frank L. Meyskens, M.D. University of California, San Francisco, Daniel G. Aldrich, Jr. Endowed Chair and Professor of Medicine; Biological Chemistry; Program in Public Health


Michael J. Montoya, Ph.D. Stanford University, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology; Program in Public Health (social inequality and health, race and ethnicity, social and cultural studies of science, technology, and medicine, participation of ethnic populations in biomedical research, the U.S./Mexican border, critical bioethics)


Dana Mukamel, Ph.D. University of Rochester, Professor of Medicine; Program in Public Health


Andrew Noymer, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Associate Professor of Program in Public Health


Oladele A. Ogunseitan, Ph.D. University of Tennessee, Department Chair and Professor of Program in Public Health; Environmental Health Sciences


Anamara Ritt-Olson, Ph.D. University of Southern California, Lecturer of Program in Public Health


Annie E. Ro, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Assistant Professor of Program in Public Health


Miryha Gould Runnerstrom, Ph.D. University of California, Irvine, Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment of Program in Public Health


Mojgan Sami, Ph.D. University of California, Irvine, Assistant Project Scientist of Program in Public Health


Terry L. Schmidt, Dr.H.A. Medical University of South Carolina, Lecturer of Program in Public Health


Peter L. Schnall, M.D. Stanford University, Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Medicine; Program in Public Health


Tonya L. Schuster, Ph.D. University of California, Riverside, Lecturer of Sociology; Program in Public Health (sociology of medicine and alternative medicine, social relationships and health social psychology, research design)


Roxane C. Silver, Ph.D. Northwestern University, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior; Program in Public Health (coping with traumatic life events (personal losses and collective traumas), stress, social psychology, health psychology)


Dara H. Sorkin, Ph.D. University of California, Irvine, Associate Professor in Residence of Medicine; Program in Public Health; Psychology and Social Behavior (close relationships, behavioral lifestyle interventions for chronic disease management, health disparities, program evaluation)


Lisa Sparks, Ph.D. University of Oklahoma, Adjunct Professor of Program in Public Health


Sharon M. Stern, Ph.D. University of Utah, Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment Emerita of Program in Public Health


Daniel Stokols, Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Social Behavior; Program in Public Health; Religious Studies; Urban Planning and Public Policy


Bryan Sykes, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society; Program in Public Health; Sociology (demography, criminology, research methods, health, social inequality, statistics)


David Timberlake, Ph.D. University of California, San Diego, Associate Professor of Program in Public Health


Veronica M. Vieira, D.Sc. Boston University, Professor of Program in Public Health; Environmental Health Sciences


Lari B. Wenzel, Ph.D. Arizona State University, Professor of Medicine; Program in Public Health


Jun Wu, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Associate Professor of Program in Public Health; Environmental Health Sciences


Guiyun Yan, Ph.D. University of Vermont, Professor of Program in Public Health; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Program in Public Health

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