PhD in Public Health

Curriculum & Graduate Life

More information regarding curriculum can be found on the Department pages.

More information about the Graduate School and student life/activities are on the GSAS pages.

The primary mission of the doctoral program in Public Health is to provide scholars with the disciplinary background and skills required to contribute to the development of our understanding of better ways to measure, maintain and improve the public’s health. Public health spans disciplines that use tools available in the laboratory, field research, social sciences, the public policy arena and mathematics. The core of this training includes the mastery of research tools in the specialty discipline chosen by the candidate. Students engage in a highly focused area of research reflecting scholarship at the doctoral level but are exposed to a broad view of public health as seen in the diverse research interests of the department’s faculty.

This PhD program offers five concentrations:

Students will find that we encourage interdisciplinary research as well as the ability to conduct dissertation research abroad. Placement of PhD students is outstanding. Graduates are employed in government, academia and the private sector. A statistical profile including admissions data, total enrollment, time to degree, and career data is available here:

PhD Application

GRE and TOEFL Code

The GRE and TOEFL code for the Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is: 3987.

PhD applicants must apply through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

The application deadline is December 15. Applications submitted after the deadline are considered on a space available basis only. All candidates begin their program in the fall term. All applicants are notified of final action by April 1st. The non-refundable application fee is $100.

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All PhD students receive full funding. Click here to learn more about fellowships, traineeships and research assistantships.

The Application

When applying via the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences application, please choose “Public Health” as the program. Once this is done, you will be prompted to choose one of the concentrations listed.

All applicants must submit the results of their Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). For information regarding GRE registration and test administration, please visit the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website. The institution code name is Yale University. The institution code for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is 3987. A writing sample is NOT required when applying for a Ph.D. in our department.

The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required of all applicants whose native language is not English. This test is waived ONLY for those applicants who have (or will) receive a baccalaureate degree, or its foreign equivalent, prior to matriculation at Yale, from a college or university where English is the primary language of instruction. TOEFL scores must be sent to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (institution code 3987). We do not have a minimum GRE or TOEFL score requirement.

To apply for the Ph.D. program offered at the School of Public Health or related admissions information of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, please visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Web site by clicking here.