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PhD in Epidemiology Applicants

Application, admission, and degree-granting requirements and regulations shall be applied equitably to all individuals, applicants and students regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or national origin.

Admission Process and Requirements

Admission into the Epidemiology PhD Program is based on completion of a baccalaureate degree, although it is anticipated that many applicants will have completed a post baccalaureate degree in public health or other health related discipline.

Fall Semester Application Deadline: December 15

All required application documents must be submitted by the Epidemiology PhD program deadline, with the exception of recommendation letters, which may be submitted up to two weeks past the deadline.

Online Application Steps

You may apply to our Epidemiology PhD program online via SOPHAS, the centralized Schools of Public Health Application Service.

Remember to designate the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health as one of your school choices, along with your desired program.

The application deadline for Fall admission is December 15. All required application documents must be submitted no later than November 15 and completed by the program deadline.

PhD Epidemiology applications and supplemental materials must be submitted to SOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Application Service). SOPHAS is meant to facilitate the collection of common application materials and general information. For more information and frequently asked questions please visit In addition to the SOPHAS application all applicants will be required to complete a short application to the IU Graduate CAS application system (select IUPUI campus) at the link provided within the SOPHAS application or by clicking below.

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Please note that all applications must be verified by SOPHAS prior to the deadline to be guaranteed review by the PhD Epidemiology Admissions Committee. Applications that are not verified by the deadline are not guaranteed review. Applications take 4 to 5 weeks to be verified by SOPHAS. We recommend submitting your application to SOPHAS no later than one month prior to the deadline.

We'll notify you by e-mail once your application has been received. If you have questions about the application process or about the PhD in Epidemiology program, contact Shawne Mathis,

Supporting Documentation

In addition to completing the SOPHAS application, you are also required to submit the following supporting documentation directly to SOPHAS:

  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives: Provide an essay of approximately 750 words describing your past education, experience, and current professional career objectives. You are encouraged to comment on any or all of the following: plans you have to use your education and training; the needs and/or challenges you perceive as important in your field of study; and, any personal qualities, characteristics, and skills you believe will enable you to be successful in your chosen field of study.
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)
  • Official post-secondary transcripts from all U.S. institutions attended (must be sent directly from the institutions to SOPHAS). This includes previous study at Indiana University. This includes previous study at Indiana University.
  • It is strongly recommended that all transcripts be submitted no later than November 15 to allow SOPHAS adequate time to verify transcripts. Please note that it can take up to four weeks for transcripts to be verified.

    For regular mail, please send your transcript to:
    P.O. Box 9111
    Watertown, MA 02471-9111

    For Overnight Delivery ONLY :
    c/o Liaison International
    311 Arsenal Street
    Watertown, MA 02472
    Phone: 617-612-2090
  • World Education Services (WES) ICAP course-by-course evaluation for all post-secondary foreign institutions attended. Please Note: U.S. applicants who studied at foreign institutions as part of a study abroad experience at their U.S. college or university, do not need to provide a WES evaluation of their study abroad coursework.
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons qualified to assess your academic work; clinical, public health, or professional experiences; or, leadership potential in public health. These letters should be from professional sources that can provide an unbiased, current and critical assessment of your abilities, skills, strengths and weaknesses related to successfully completing a doctoral program.
  • Sample of scholarly writing – Applicants must submit an electronic copy of a course paper or published article in which the applicant is the sole author. This document can be uploaded to your SOPHAS application.
  • GRE test scores - GRE or other graduate entrance exam scores are required for all applicants. In addition to the GRE, the Epidemiology PhD program also accepts scores from the MCAT, LSAT, GMAT, DAT. However, testing services other than the ETS (GRE) may not submit scores directly to the SOPHAS system. If your testing service does not submit scores to SOPHAS, you can have them sent directly to IUPUI.
  • Test Score Waiver - If you have a graduate or professional degree from an accredited U.S. institution, you may request a waiver for the test score requirement. Click here to obtain copy of the EPI Waiver Form. This form can be uploaded to the SOPHAS application or emailed to Shawne Mathis,

Please Note: If you plan to attend the Epidemiology PhD program as a full-time funded student, you are strongly encouraged to submit GRE scores with your application, since some funding sources require current GRE scores (less than 5 years old) for students to be eligible.

On-site Interview Steps

In-person interview: Applicants will be invited to participate in an in-person interview with several members of the Admission Committee. Alternative arrangements can be made for applicants unable to be interviewed onsite.

Completion of an on-site essay: Applicants participating in the interview process may be asked to write a short essay on a specific topic assigned to them using Microsoft Word. The purpose of this step is to allow the Admissions Committee to assess the applicant's English writing skills.

Review of Applications

Completed applications will be carefully reviewed by the Epidemiology PhD Admissions Committee after the program deadline. Applicants are notified of their admission status in late March. The Admissions Committee will determine each applicant’s acceptance or non-acceptance to the Epidemiology PhD program by using the following selection criteria:

  • Scientific Leadership Potential: Assessed by the applicant’s resume / curriculum vita, personal statement, and personal interview.
  • Ability to Engage in Advanced Graduate Work: Assessed by the applicant’s personal interview, evaluation of letters of recommendation, overall grade point average in prior graduate work, and scores from the GRE or other graduate entrance exams.
  • Learning Goals and Objectives: Assessed by the applicant’s personal statement and personal interview.

SOPHAS Applicants

SOPHAS applicants should use the following designations:

  • TOEFL scores to SOPHAS using the following designation DI Code 5688.
  • IELTS scores can be uploaded electronically to SOPHAS and official copy sent to IUPUI School Code 1325.

English Language Test Waiver

The English Language test requirement may be waived if an applicant has earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from the U.S. or other English-speaking country. For more information, visit (