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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 2015-2016 applications are handled through the SOPHAS system. 



Apply to SOPHAS here


Please note that our PhD program appears under the participating
institution listing of  "Oregon MPH Program - Oregon Health & Science
University/Portland State University" 


APPLICATIONS ARE DUE December 1st for Early Decision, and Feb. 1st is the final deadline. 


Applications to the department are done through the SOPHAS web application system. 


Required materials include:

·         One official (sealed) transcript from each college attended. Transcripts are requested via the SOPHAS system.

·         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.  SOPHAS GRE Code is 1045. 

·         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 - 1000 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.   

·         Curriculum vitae or resume. 

·         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).