As part of the College of Global Public Health’s rigorous PhD in Public Health program, you’ll balance the theoretical and the practical through methodological preparation that is tailored specifically for your unique interests and goals.
If you’re ready to work side-by-side with an interdisciplinary network of venerated faculty and research experts from across NYU’s global sites, then we encourage you to apply to the PhD program today. Learn more about what we look for, how to apply and more below.
Who Should Apply?
All applicants to the PhD in Public Health must hold an undergraduate or first professional degree from an accredited institution. We suggest, but do not require, that you hold either a Master of Public Health degree or equivalent graduate coursework to apply. If you do not have these credentials, you can complete the required coursework in the first year of the PhD program.
We also strongly recommend that you have some amount of applicable work and/or research experience related to public health. Although this is not a formal requirement for admission, successful applicants will usually have completed at least 2-3 years of work or research in a relevant area.
How Are Applications Reviewed?
The review process for the PhD program is holistic, taking into account all factors and experiences in a prospective student’s application and reviewing your overall potential for success in doctoral public health studies and future careers. Our review of applications examines the following characteristics:
Prior academic performance: Usually at least a cumulative 3.3 GPA in prior undergraduate and graduate programs and have received A or A- grades in quantitative courses
Work and research experience: Usually 2-3 years of relevant experience, including professional, research, publications, internships or volunteer
Statement of purpose: Evaluated for evidence that the applicant understands the program and the field, can clearly articulate professional and academic goals, and has carefully considered how the program will help them achieve those goals
Writing sample: Help the admissions committee understand the applicant’s critical and analytical skills, facility in writing, and potential as a future researcher
Recommendations: Evaluated for the extent to which recommenders indicate the applicant’s potential for advanced graduate training and career in public health
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) performance
Personal interview (if invited)
TOEFL scores from applicants for applicants whose native language is not English and who have not completed a previous degree at an accredited U.S. college or university; A minimum score of 100 on the internet-based test is required.
Doctoral applicants are encouraged to list potential faculty mentors in the application. Please note that if you choose to identify potential mentors, they should be drawn from the below list of GPH faculty who are eligible to mentor doctoral students in the College. See below for a complete list of potential faculty mentors.
- Complete List of Faculty Mentors
NAME POSITION Abrams, David Professor Abramson, David Clinical Assiociate Professor Avina, Julie Associate Dean for Student & Alumni Affairs Boden-Albala, Bernadette Professor/Associate Dean for Research & Prog. Development Bragg, Marie Asssitant Professor/Joint SOM Caravanos, Jack Clinical Professor Cartwright, Julia Associate Dean of Communication Chang, Ji Eun Assitant Professor Chang, Virginia Interim Chair/Associate Professor Chunara, Rumi Assistant Professor (Joint with Tandon) Cook, Stephanie Assistant Professor D'Aunno, Thomas Professor (Joint with Wagner) Deierlein, Andrea Assistant Professor Dickey, Chris Program Director/Clinical Social Professor Epstein, Joshua Professor/Dir. of NYU Lab of Agent-Based Modeling Gershon, Robyn Clinical Professor Dir. of Early Career Initiatives Ghedin, Elodie Professor (joint with FAS) Giorgio, Margaret Cliinical Assistant Professor Goldmann, Emily Clinical Assistant Professor Goodman, Andrew Clinical Professor Goodman, Melody Associate Professor Hatna, Erez Clinical Associate Professor Healton, Cheryl Dean & Director/Professor of Public Health Kapadia, Farzana Associate Professor Kirchner, Thomas Assistant Professor Knippenberg, Rudolf Clinical Professor Liao, Matthew Director/Professor Merdjanoff, Alexis Clinical Assistant Professor Merzel, Cheryl Clinical Associate Professor Moon Howard, Joyce Clinical Associate Professor Navario, Peter Clinical Assistant Professor Niaura, Raymond Professor O'Connor, Joyce Interim Chair/Clinical Associate Professor Ogedegbe, Olugbenga Professor/Director Div of Health & Behavior Ompad, Danielle Associate Professor Pagan, Jose Professor and Chair Parekh, Niyati Program Director/Associate Professor Parikh, Nina Clinical Associate Professor Pomeranz, Jennifer L. Assistant Professor Silver, Diana Associate Professor Silverman, Andrea Assistant Professor (Joint with Tandon) Tozan, Yesim Clinical Associate Professor Watkins, Beverly Interim Chair, Clinical Associate Professor Xu, Violet Clinical Assistant Professor Yang, Lawrence Associate Professor Yates, Karen Visiting Associate Professor
All applications are due on December 2nd. The NYU PhD in Public Health only accepts applications for fall enrollment.
How To Apply
For an application to be considered complete, all of the following application materials must be received by the deadline:
The completed SOPHAS application
Resume or curriculum vitae
Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended, with English translations if applicable
Three letters of recommendation
Writing sample of 5 to 15 pages
TOEFL scores from all applicants whose native language is not English and who did not receive the equivalent of a US bachelor's degree at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction. Applicants holding or completing only a graduate or professional degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction are still required to submit a TOEFL score unless the graduate program was four or more years in duration. When ordering test reports from ETS, you must include the proper institution code for the NYU GIPH (8752).
Official GRE score report
NOTE: Applications are due on December 2nd. Applicants should ensure that all of the above required documents are received by SOPHAS in time for them to be processed by this date. Applications will not be considered complete or reviewed for admission unless ALL required supporting documents have been received.
Tuition & Financial Aid
Students who are admitted to the program will be fully funded by a fellowship or a combination of fellowship and Research Assistantship for five years. Learn more on GPH’s Financial Aid page.