Admission Requirements

Fee: $60 with the online application.

Process: Submit an application via the Centralized Application Service for Public Health and a supplemental application to Temple.

Program Prerequisites: Applicants for the Health Policy PhD program must have a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline. Nearly all admitted applicants have a master’s degree, and preference is given to those with backgrounds in the health sciences or public health.

Application Components

  1. Recommendations: Submit three letters of recommendation from evaluators who can speak to your capacity for doctoral-level research and study.
  2. Goals statement: In no more than 750 words,
    • describe why you’re interested in the PhD in Health Policy in particular.
    • articulate your academic and research achievements and interests.
    • detail how your interests in health policy relate to your career goals and to the work of faculty members associated with the PhD program. Alignment of your interests with the work of the faculty members in the department plays a significant role in admissions decisions, so emphasize linkages wherever you can. Learn more about faculty research interests.
    • submit a writing sample no longer than 10 pages unless it is a published work. The department prefers scholarly articles, technical reports or academic professional papers.
  3. Prerequisite courses: a number of foundational courses must be taken before admission, including
    • Environmental Health
    • Biostatistics
    • Fundamentals of Epidemiology
    • Political and Economic Aspects of Health (or Political-Economic Aspects of Public Health)
    • Theoretical Foundations of Health Behavior
  4. GRE score: The median score of recently admitted students is 550 verbal and 620 quantitative on the old test, or 156 verbal and 149 quantitative on the new test. This requirement can be waived for doctoral candidates with a terminal degree from an accredited U.S. institution.
  5. A current résumé or CV is required.

Additional International Student Requirements

TOEFL score (if necessary): A minimum 79 iBT or 550 PBT is required. Learn more about applying to Temple as an international graduate student.

Application Deadlines

 Applications are now being accepted for the Spring, Summer and Fall 2018 semesters. Submit your application.