How to Apply to the Department of Epidemiology

Please review these detailed instructions and requirements for applying to the University of Iowa Department of Epidemiology.

Admission Requirements

The department bases admissions decisions on:

  • An applicant’s academic potential as demonstrated through grade point average, test scores and academic and personal references.
  • An applicant’s motivation and interest in an area of epidemiology as demonstrated by prior experience and the statement of purpose. In addition, Ph.D. admissions decisions are strongly affected by an applicant’s fit with the research interests of the Epidemiology faculty.

MS in Epidemiology

  • A bachelor’s or professional degree.
  • A minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0.
  • A GRE (preferred) minimum verbal and quantitative scores of 151 each and a writing score of 4. Scores must be less than five years old.
  • Undergraduate preparation must have included two semesters of biological sciences and mathematics.
  • For international students: TOEFL (or IELTS during the 2006-2007 year) scores are required for international students except permanent residents or those who have earned a degree from an accredited institution in the US, Canada (except Quebec), Australia, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom. The minimum recommended score is 100. The minimum recommended IELTS score is 7.0.

Application Deadlines for MS in Epidemiology

  • Fall: June 1 for U.S. students, April 15 for international students.
  • Summer : April 1 for U.S. students and international students.
  • No spring admissions

MS in Clinical Investigation

  • At a minimum either (1) receipt of a clinical professional or doctoral-level degree (RN (BSN required), MD, DO, DDS, PhD, PharmD, DVM) in a clinical discipline, (2) enrollment in a health science professional program or 3) eligible for admission for graduate study in the College of Public Health with a goal of clinical research.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree with at least grade-point average of 3.0.
  • TOEFL (or IELTS during the 2006-2007 year) scores are required for international students except permanent residents or those who have earned a degree from an accredited institution in the US, Canada (except Quebec), Australia, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom. The minimum recommended score is 100. The minimum recommended IELTS score is 7.0.
  • Courses in biostatistics and epidemiology with a B or equivalent (3.0) performance prior to admission.

Application Deadlines for MS in Clinical Investigation

  • Fall: June 1 for U.S. students, April 15 for international students.
  • Summer : April 1 for U.S. students and international students.
  • Spring: December 1 for U.S. students, October 15 for international students.

MPH in Epidemiology

Please visit How to Apply to the MPH Program for requirements and deadlines.

PhD in Epidemiology

  • A bachelor’s or professional degree and an MS or MPH degree in an area closely related to epidemiology.
  • A minimum grade-point average of 3.0.
  • A GRE (preferred) minimum verbal and quantitative scores of 151 each and a writing score of 4. Scores must be less than five years old.
  • Courses in the biological, physical and mathematical sciences are highly recommended. This includes one semester of calculus and two semesters of biological sciences.
  • Interview (In-person or Skype)
  • For international students: TOEFL (or IELTS during the 2006-2007 year) scores are required for international students except permanent residents or those who have earned a degree from an accredited institution in the US, Canada (except Quebec), Australia, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom. The minimum recommended score is 100. The minimum recommended IELTS score is 7.0

Application Deadlines for PhD in Epidemiology

  • Fall: December 1 (priority deadline for consideration for financial support; April 1 is the final deadline.)
  • Summer : April 1 for U.S. students and international students.
  • No spring admissions

Submit Application

A complete application to the University of Iowa (UI) College of Public Health is comprised of two parts:

  • An application submitted to the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS)
  • Once SOPHAS is complete, and student is prompted, paying the University of Iowa Graduate College Application fee

SOPHAS

You can apply through SOPHAS at sophas.org. You will be required to:

  • Complete an application
  • Provide official transcripts showing all previous undergraduate and graduate work with grades and degrees
    • A note for International Students: SOPHAS only accepts WES-evaluated transcripts. However, the University of Iowa does NOT accept WES evaluated transcripts. Therefore, you MUST send a separate official transcript to University of Iowa Office of International Graduate Admissions. Please click here for the address
  • Provide official GRE scores (the University of Iowa SOPHAS GRE code is 0658). The following scores may be substituted for the GRE: MCAT, LSAT, PCAT, DAT, GMAT, VCAT.
    • Please note: GRE and MCAT scores can be sent directly to SOPHAS; other standardized test will need to have an unofficial copy uploaded, and the official copy must be sent to the University of Iowa Graduate Admissions Office
  • Provide three letters of recommendation. These letters are submitted by your letter writers through SOPHAS. Detailed instructions on how these letters are submitted can be found here. 
  • Provide your resume, describing educational and employment history.
  • Provide your TOEFL scores, if you are an international student.
  • Provide your master’s thesis (for Ph.D. applicants only. Applicants who did not complete a thesis should submit a sample of scholarly writing).
  • Write a personal statement. Please address the following questions in a two- to three-page essay, typed and double-spaced. Provide equal time to each question, and in your answers use as much detail as possible, and use specific examples:
    • Describe your specific areas of interest within epidemiology.
    • Which primary faculty members in the Department of Epidemiology do you think most closely share your areas of interest?
    • What previous experiences have influenced your decision to pursue a degree in epidemiology?
    • How do you see yourself using this degree in the five years following graduation?

Set up UI account and pay supplemental University of Iowa fee

  • Once you have submitted all your materials to SOPHAS and your transcripts have been verified, you will receive an email from the University of Iowa which will provide you with detailed instructions on setting up a University of Iowa account and paying the supplemental University of Iowa fee. Your application will be reviewed once this step is complete.
  • All students (except those whose undergraduate degree was conferred at the University of Iowa), will need to send their final transcript (showing degree conferral) to the Office of Graduate admissions.