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 15: First day the online application is made available

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

December 3: 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

A list of the materials needed for an application, along with descriptions, is below.

1. Unofficial transcripts from previous colleges and universities: Upload scanned copies directly into the application in pdf format. Please be sure they include a clear indication of the college/university from which they come. If at all possible, include the transcript legend page that explains the grading system for the school in your upload.

2. CV or Resume (upload in pdf format): 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.
UW MD POSTDOC FELLOWS: Must include the following information on the first page (if applicable): Residency, fellowship, doctoral & postdoctoral research titles, type, director, institution & dates.

3. Statement of Purpose (1-2 pages in length uploaded in pdf format): The Statement of Purpose provides faculty reviewers essential information about your background, research interests, possible career path, and your writing skills. 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. 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.

4. Personal History Statement (brief, prompted responses uploaded in pdf format): 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.

Your Personal History Statement should be a brief response to each of the following prompts (no more than 250 words for each).

1. Describe an experience you had in a leadership role: a) what did you do, b) how did these experiences arise, and c) what did you learn from them. Here, “leadership” can be in any aspect of your life (e.g., family, spiritual, scientific, political).

2. Describe a time that you encountered a significant obstacle as a student. How did you handle it?

3. What would your mentor say that you do really well? What areas would your mentor identify as areas for improvement?

5. 3 Recommendations: Include exactly 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. UW MD 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.

6. Official GRE scores: All Epi applicants are required to submit official GRE scores with the following exceptions. MPH and MS applicants with an earned MD from a U.S. institution are exempted. Current UW MD students applying to concurrently complete an Epi MPH or MS degree are exempted. Applicants who have earned a foreign MD equivalent may be exempted if they are both 1) USMLE certified, and 2) concurrently participating in a University of Washington medical fellowship program. 

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.

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. In addition to submitting official score results self-reporting scores directly in the online application is required.

7. Official TOEFL scores: 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.

8. Online application form along with application fee: To be completed directly in the online application.