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Admission

The Community Health doctoral program is designed to serve students with a bachelor's level degree, but qualifying students with a master's degree in public health or related discipline may also be accepted to the program.

 

Application for Admission

Doctoral students are admitted in the fall of each academic year; off-cycle admissions are rare.  For the academic year 2014-2015, review of applications begins on March 1st and those submitting complete files by that date will be notified in May.

Applicants will submit two related packets of materials, one to the University’s Office of Admissions, Registration, and Records and the other to the Community Health PhD program office.  Materials for the University Admissions Office should be completed online and include:

·         University Application for Graduate Admission

·         $50 application fee

·         One official transcript (in an envelope sealed by the issuing institution) from each college attended.

·         GRE

·         Official TOEFL scores if the applicant does not speak English as a native language and has not received a graduate or undergraduate degree in an English-speaking territory.

 

For the academic year 2014-2015, materials for the Community Health doctoral program must be mailed to: School of Community Health; c/o Andrew Wyman; Portland State University; PO Box 751-SCH; Portland, OR 97207-0751 Required materials include:

·         Departmental Graduate Admission 

·         One official (sealed) transcript from each college attended. 

·         Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).  Applicants whose GRE scores are more than five years old are strongly encouraged to retake the exam.  The school code for PSU is 4610, and the Community Health PhD code is (0616) (full code 4610 0616) 

·         Official TOEFL scores if the applicant does not speak English as a native language and has not received a graduate or undergraduate degree in an English-speaking territory.

·         Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for success in the doctoral program. 

·         Personal statement (500 words) addressing areas of research interests, including any shared interests with current faculty; career goals; relevant experiences in teaching, research, publishing, and/or volunteering; and how the Community Health doctoral program connects to academic and professional goals.   

·         One academic writing sample.  Examples include a paper written for a graduate course, a published academic journal article, or a professional paper.  Please note that papers should have a single author (i.e., do not submit papers with multiple authors).   

·         Curriculum vitae or resume.