School of Public Health

How to Apply

Thank you for considering graduate study in Epidemiology at the University of Washington. To better understand our application process, please review the admissions deadlines and requirements detailed below. 

Unsure which degree to apply for? Contact an advisor or review our program descriptions.

Applications to the MS, MPH, and PhD program are reviewed once a year for entry the following Autumn quarter. The next admissions cycle will be for Autumn 2019.

October 1: First day the online application is made available

November 23: Last day to apply for an application fee waiver

December 1: Application and all supporting materials are due

January: PhD admission results sent via email

February: Master’s admission results sent via email

March: Admitted Students Visit Days

Application instructions are detailed below. Please do not submit applications to multiple degree programs within the Department of Epidemiology. We will only review one application per applicant and will not be able to refund application fees for an individual who submits multiple applications to the Department of Epidemiology. If you have any questions about your application contact the Epi Student Academic Services Office (

  1. Online Application. Begin the UW Graduate School Application for Graduate Study. An $85 application fee is required when submitting. A limited number of need-based application fee waivers are available for US citizens, Permanent Residents, and Immigrants only. The fee waiver is available by choosing “Fee Waiver (For Qualified Applicants)” in the Pay Fee and Submit Application section. 
  2. CV/Resume. Include detailed descriptions of your health-related positions and responsibilities. Provide all relevant education and experience including: undergraduate and graduate research, health-related volunteer work, publications, manuscripts and posters, scholarly presentations and awards, certifications, and computer skills.
    1. Global Health Track Applicants: Substantial (approximately 2 years) health sciences work experience in a developing country is highly recommended. Work with underserved or immigrant populations in the US may substitute for part of the 2 years.
  3. Transcripts. Include transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended (including community colleges). We accept unofficial transcripts for the review process, which may be uploaded into the UW Graduate School Application. If you are accepted and decide to enroll, you will be asked to submit official transcripts to the UW Graduate School. 
  4. Letters of Recommendation. Include 3 letters of recommendation from people familiar with your academic or related professional endeavors and your potential for achieving your goals. All of your recommenders should hold advanced degrees. ​When you name your recommenders within the UW Graduate School application system, they will be sent detailed instructions via email for submitting their letter online. When you contact your recommenders, encourage them to monitor their spam folder for letter submission instructions.
    1. Postdoc Fellows Applicants: Balancing a full-time course/study schedule with your responsibilities as a postdoc fellow or resident can be challenging, Knowing this, we require that you include references from both your fellowship director and research mentor (if known) that includes a statement indicating you will have the necessary release time from those responsibilities to attend all classes on a regular basis, and to study outside class. 
  5. The Statement of Purpose provides faculty reviewers essential information about your writing skills, background, research interests, and possible career path. It should convey your reasons for pursuing graduate study in epidemiology, your area/s of interest, faculty you would like to work with, and why you have selected the discipline and the university.
    1. Although you may not know what type of research or project you might pursue, spend some time researching the department and the faculty. It shows the Admissions Committee that our program can help you fulfill your aspirations.
    2. Your statement should be 1-2 single-spaced pages. Please use 11 point Arial or 12 point Times Roman.
    3. MCH Track Applicants: If you are applying for the MCH Track, you must submit a 1-page supplemental statement of purpose and interview with an MCH faculty member. Please see the MCH website for more information regarding these supplemental application requirements
  6. Personal History Statement (optional). The University of Washington Department of Epidemiology is committed to enhancing the intellectual and social enrichment of the University community and to preparing our students to become leaders, innovators, and responsible community, state, and global citizens.The Department actively seeks and welcomes students with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.
    In this section provide a 1 page statement describing how experiences within your personal history (family, educational, cultural, and economic background) have influenced your intellectual development, interests, career plans, and goals.
    Please note that this is not an academic "Statement of Purpose," but rather an opportunity to reflect on your intellectual growth and development, both inclusive of and beyond your academic goals.
  7. Official Test Scores must be sent from the Educational Testing Service directly to the University of Washington. The University of Washington is under institution code 4854. 
    1. ​GRE General Test. All applicants (except Master’s degree applicants with an MD degree from an accredited US institution, or foreign MD equivalent with full USMLE certification) must submit valid GRE scores. If the test scores are more than five years old, it must be re-taken. There is no minimum score requirement for admission consideration, though competitive applicants typically score in the 75th percentile or above. Use institution code 4854.
    2. TOEFL Test. Applicants whose native language is not English must meet the Graduate School requirement for English proficiency or submit official TOEFL scores. Official IELTS test scores from exams taken prior to June 1, 2017 may substitute for TOEFL scores. IELTS scores from exams taken on June 1, 2017 or later will not be accepted. Use institution code 4854.