College of Public Health students graduating


Students applying to the Doctor of Philiosphy in Epidemiology and Biostatistics must apply through the Centralized Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS), as well as apply to the University of Kentucky Graduate School.

The Admissions Committee requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75, and a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0. Official GRE, GMAT or MCAT scores must show verbal and quantitative scores at the 50th percentile or better.

Applications are due to SOPHAS by February 1
When applying you will need to submit:

  • A personal statement
  • Official GRE, GMAT, or MCAT scores
    • Scores are waived for applicants who have completed any of the following degrees earned from a U.S. institution – Ph.D, MD, D.M.D., DDS, PharmD, DVM, DO, DNP, DSc.
  • Official TOEFL scores must be submitted by international students from non-native English speaking countries.
  • Transcript(s)
    • Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by WES
  • Contact info for 3 recommenders
  • Resume

You will also need to apply to the University of Kentucky Graduate School - by February 1

All information received from your SOPHAS application is sent to the Graduate School from the College of Public Health. When completing your application for the Graduate School, you can upload the documents you used for your SOPHAS application, or you can submit blank sheets of paper.

In addition to submitting all materials to SOPHAS, please send a cover letter and statement of purpose to:
Dr. Wayne Sanderson
Interim Director of Graduate Studies
College of Public Health
111 Washington Ave.
Lexington, KY 40536-0003
Phone (859) 218-2227
Fax (859) 257-8811

Statement of purpose -- Describe career and dissertation research interests, along with qualifications for study in this program.

  • Please include an explicit statement in the cover letter of how the differential and integral calculus prerequisite has been met or will be met. -- Ordinarily we expect grades of “B” or better in two undergraduate calculus courses. However, we will consider applications from students who have had one undergraduate calculus course if a second course will be taken in the Summer semester preceding the Fall semester in which the applicant hopes to begin graduate work. In this case, an acceptance decision may be contingent upon satisfactory completion of the second course in the Summer semester.
  • Please include an explicit statement in the cover letter of whether a research assistant position is desired. -- Identify relevant qualifications, skills, and/or prior experience. Please note, we cannot guarantee that all accepted students who want research assistantships will be offered them.

For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs at or (859) 218-2096.