Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science

Public Health -- Epidemiology (PB79)

University of California, San Diego (UCSD), in collaboration with San Diego State University (SDSU), offers doctoral degrees in 3 Public Health areas: Epidemiology, Global Health, and Health Behavior.

Epidemiology is an essential scientific discipline in public health, which deals with the causes of and prevention of factors associated with disease. Our understanding of the etiology of many infectious and chronic diseases is based on data from epidemiologic studies.

If you are you interested in researching the causes of disease, why some populations are healthier that others, and investigating methods to promote health, this program offers the training. The program applies the principles of population‐based research. Methodology for investigating the etiology of infectious and chronic diseases. Use of epidemiologic methods for the prevention and control of disease in human populations. A wide range of research opportunities with a multidisciplinary faculty from two campuses.

Emphasis is on producing graduates with a mastery of the central concepts and analytic processes of epidemiology and biostatistics. Required and elective courses include epidemiologic methods, study design, occupational and environmental health, exposure assessment, clinical epidemiology, women's health, cancer prevention, research dissemination and scientific ethics. The PhD in Epidemiology trains individuals for careers in research and teaching in a variety of settings, including academic and research institutions, government agencies, and the private sector.

Applications to both institutions are required for admission. Please make sure to submit your applications in your area of choice to UC San Diego, San Diego State University and the national application system, SOPHAS.

Program Info

Area of Study Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science
Department Public Health: Joint Doctoral Program
Major Public Health -- Epidemiology
Degree Doctor of Philosophy
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines December 15, 2021 (Fall 2022)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General is recommended.

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Three letters of recommendation are required. Two should be academic references, from professors who have taught you in class. The third letter can be another academic reference or a professional reference (employer, volunteer work, etc.).

Please submit letters of recommendation to BOTH UC San Diego Grad Apply and to SOPHAS. Letters of recommendation must be submitted to SOPHAS directly. Please see the SOPHAS application instructions for details.

Note: Do Not submit your letters of recommendation to the SDSU Graduate Application.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Your statement of purpose and objectives (approximately 1500 word limit) should address all of the following items:

Describe those experiences that have shaped your interest in public health. Comment on your current orientation or preferences in the public health field.

Describe the one academic experience that has meant the most to you in your educational career.

Outline your professional goals, both immediate and long term.

Discuss why you are interested in the SDSU-UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health, the strengths you bring with you, and those areas in which you would like to increase your expertise and personal growth.

Resume/CV

Required

Contact Info

Website http://ph.ucsd.edu/jdp/
Email publichealthjdp@health.ucsd.edu
Campus Office University Center 202 ( UCtr 202), Room 404
Phone (858) 246-5423
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0725
La Jolla, CA, 92093-0725

Public Health -- Health Behavior (PB80)

University of California, San Diego (UCSD), in collaboration with San Diego State University (SDSU), offers doctoral degrees in 3 Public Health areas: Epidemiology, Global Health, and Health Behavior.

Many of today’s leading causes of death are preventable through lifestyle changes. The Health Behavior program will help students master the central concepts and analytic processes of health promotion. Faculty research interests are numerous, and include smoking uptake and cessation, using technology to promote good health habits, strategies to improve nutrition and physical activity habits, investigating how our environment influences health behaviors, and conducting community based participatory research. If you are you interested in learning how a person's actions influence their health, and investigating innovative ways to promote health and prevent disease, this program offers the training. The program applies behavior change theories and strategies for population application; as well as, qualitative and quantitative research methods. Training in the development and evaluation of health behavior interventions in underserved populations. Understanding and changing health policy.

Emphasis is on producing graduates with a mastery of the central concepts and analytic processes of health behavior. Required and elective courses include health behavior theory, study design and development of interventions, clinical trial design, health-related measurement scales and health policy. Students can develop advanced skills deploying and evaluating mHealth, ‘Big Data’, and sensor-based technological solutions to public health problems. Graduates of the program are competitive for a variety of research, teaching, and community service positions in areas such as academic institutions, local and state health departments, federal and international agencies, and both privately and publicly sponsored research institutions.

Applications to both institutions are required for admission. Please make sure to submit your applications in your area of choice to UC San Diego, San Diego State University and the national application system, SOPHAS.

Program Info

Area of Study Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science
Department Public Health: Joint Doctoral Program
Major Public Health -- Health Behavior
Degree Doctor of Philosophy
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines December 15, 2021 (Fall 2022)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General is recommended.

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Three letters of recommendation are required. Two should be academic references, from professors who have taught you in class. The third letter can be another academic reference or a professional reference (employer, volunteer work, etc.).

Please submit letters of recommendation to BOTH UC San Diego Grad Apply and to SOPHAS. Letters of recommendation must be submitted to SOPHAS directly. Please see the SOPHAS application instructions for details.

Note: Do Not submit your letters of recommendation to the SDSU Graduate Application.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Your statement of purpose and objectives (approximately 1500 word limit) should address all of the following:

- Describe those experiences that have shaped your interest in public health. Comment on your current orientation or preferences in the public health field.

- Describe the one academic experience that has meant the most to you in your educational career.

- Outline your professional goals, both immediate and long term.

- Discuss why you are interested in the SDSU-UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health, the strengths you bring with you, and those areas in which you would like to increase your expertise and personal growth.

If you are interested in working in a particular field or with specific faculty members, please identify this in your statement. This information is used to match students to mentors and tracks.

Resume/CV

Required

Contact Info

Website http://ph.ucsd.edu/jdp/
Email publichealthjdp@health.ucsd.edu
Campus Office University Center 202 (UCtr 202), Room 404
Phone (858) 246-5423
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0725
La Jolla, CA, 92093-0725

Public Health -- Global Health (PB81)

University of California, San Diego (UCSD), in collaboration with San Diego State University (SDSU), offers doctoral degrees in 3 Public Health areas: Epidemiology, Global Health, and Health Behavior.

Global health relates to health issues and concerns that transcend national borders, class, race, ethnicity and culture. Studies in global health stress the commonality of health issues for the United States and international partners, and involve collective, science-based interventions to resolve these issues. If you are passionate about these issues and concerns, this program offers the training. The program applies rigorous scientific methods to contemporary global health issues. There is an emphasis on principles of social justice and health diplomacy. Cross‐cultural learning near the largest international border crossing in the world. Field‐based and multi‐national organization research opportunities. Plus dynamic faculty working in more than a dozen different countries.

Emphasis is on preparing graduates with the fundamental scientific knowledge, ethical understanding, and specific skills necessary to become public health researchers and professional leaders in multiple settings. Required and elective courses include global health practice and theory, program planning and evaluation, emerging infectious diseases, advanced epidemiology and biostatistics, research methods, environmental health, and global maternal/child health. In addition to didactic classes at both partner institutions, students will be expected to complete an international field practicum involving research, policy work, or cultural training. Graduates of the program are competitive for a variety of research, teaching and service positions in academic institutions, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and businesses with global health interests both within and outside of the United States.

Applications to both institutions are required for admission. Please make sure to submit your applications in your area of choice to UC San Diego, San Diego State University and the national application system, SOPHAS.

Program Info

Area of Study Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science
Department Public Health: Joint Doctoral Program
Major Public Health -- Global Health
Degree Doctor of Philosophy
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines December 15, 2021 (Fall 2022)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General is recommended.

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Three letters of recommendation are required. Two should be academic references, from professors who have taught you in class. The third letter can be another academic reference or a professional reference (employer, volunteer work, etc.).

Please submit letters of recommendation to BOTH UC San Diego Grad Apply and to SOPHAS. Letters of recommendation must be submitted to SOPHAS directly. Please see the SOPHAS application instructions for details.

Note: Do Not submit your letters of recommendation to the SDSU Graduate Application.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Your statement of purpose and objectives (approximately 1500 word limit) should address all of the following:

- Describe those experiences that have shaped your interest in public health. Comment on your current orientation or preferences in the public health field.

- Describe the one academic experience that has meant the most to you in your educational career.

- Outline your professional goals, both immediate and long term.

- Discuss why you are interested in the SDSU-UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health, the strengths you bring with you, and those areas in which you would like to increase your expertise and personal growth.


If you are interested in working in a particular field or with specific faculty members, please identify this in your statement. This information may be used to match students to mentors and tracks.

Resume/CV

Required

Contact Info

Website http://ph.ucsd.edu/jdp/
Email publichealthjdp@health.ucsd.edu
Campus Office University Center 202 (UCtr 202), Room 404
Phone (858) 246-5423
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0725
La Jolla, CA, 92093-0725

Master of Public Health (PB75)

Program Info

Area of Study Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science
Program Overview The MPH program is designed to be a contemporary, academically rigorous 2-year program with both thesis and experiential capstone options. The program will provide instruction in the core public health disciplines of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences, Health Policy and Management, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Further, it will address key aspects of 21st century public health, by leveraging existing strengths of the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and UC San Diego colleagues in different areas such as climate change, data science and mental health. MPH students will benefit not only from high quality academic training, but also from opportunities to engage in innovative public health research and public health practice in community settings.
Specializations

Epidemiology
Health Behavior
Public Mental Health
Technology & Precision Health
General Public Health*

*Must meet specific eligibility criteria

Department Public Health
Major Master of Public Health
Degree Master of Public Health
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines February 3, 2021 (Fall 2021)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests
We are temporarily waiving the GRE requirement for the Fall 2021 application cycle due to the impacts of COVID-19.
English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Two should be from faculty who can speak to your academic performance. The third letter can be from a mentor, advisor or employer who has knowledge of your research experience.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Your statement of purpose (approximately 1500 word limit) should address the following items:
-Describe those experiences that have shaped your interest in public health.
-Discuss why you are interested in the Master of Public Health program at UC San Diego.
-Discuss the strengths you bring with you and areas in which you would like to increase your expertise.
-Describe any prior experience you’ve had engaging in public health research.
-Discuss your preference for which concentration (Epidemiology, Health Behavior, Public Mental Health, or Technology and Precision Health) you would like to pursue. (NOTE: Your preference will not affect your chances of admission.)

Resume/CV

Required

Contact Info

Website https://ph.ucsd.edu/mph
Email mphinfo@health.ucsd.edu
Campus Office University Center 202

Biostatistics (PB76)

Program Info

Area of Study Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science
Program Overview The Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics offers a Master of Science (MS) in Biostatistics. This UCSD graduate program is an interdepartmental program housed within the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Longevity Science at UCSD, in the Health Sciences.

There is a growing demand for MS-level biostatisticians in academic medical centers, government agencies, and pharmaceutical and biotech industries. The UCSD Biostatistics MS program emphasizes both didactic and experiential learning. We aim to train the next generation of biostatisticians in the mathematical theory, computational skills, and inferential methods needed to analyze complex data, and to bring innovative and cutting-edge developments from the theoretical data sciences into the practical world of tools and methods for biomedical data analysis. Our program is distinguished by its interdisciplinary nature and collaboration with UCSD's world-class biomedical research environment. Our program integrates rigorous data science theory and methods, training in practical collaborative skills, and the use of rich sources of data from many areas of the biomedical sciences.
Department Biostatistics
Major Biostatistics
Degree Master of Science
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines January 5, 2022 (Fall 2022)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General is required.

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Three letters of recommendation; at least two should address academic and/or professional qualifications for pursuing a MS program in biostatistics. If more than three are received, the first three received will be reviewed.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Your statement of purpose and objectives (500-1000 word limit suggested) should address all of the following items:

1) Describe those experiences that have shaped your interest in biostatistics.
2) Outline your professional goals, both immediate and long term.
3) Discuss the strengths you bring with you, including work and other experiences which you feel makes you more likely to succeed in this program
4) Discuss why you are interested in the Biostatistics MS program offered in the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science (Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, UCSD)
5) Describe the one academic experience that has meant the most to you in your educational career.

Resume/CV

Required

Additional Requirements

1. Transcripts (official transcripts will be required if admitted into the program)
GPA >= 3.0 required for admission.

2. List of mathematics and statistics courses taken/projected as well as textbooks used and grade earned. (Can be in table format)

Contact Info

Website https://ph.ucsd.edu/biostat/index.html
Email biostatistics@health.ucsd.edu
Campus Office Pepper Canyon Hall
Suite 256
9500 Gilman Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92093
Phone 858-246-2595
Mailing Address
Division of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics
Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health
and Human Longevity Science
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, mailcode 0725
La Jolla, CA 92093-0725

Biostatistics (PB77)

Program Info

Area of Study Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science
Program Overview Welcome! The Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics offers a doctoral degree in Biostatistics. This UCSD graduate program is an interdepartmental program housed within the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Longevity Science at UCSD, in the Health Sciences.

There is a growing demand for PhD-level biostatisticians in academic medical centers, in government agencies, and in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. The UCSD Biostatistics PhD program emphasizes both didactic and experiential learning. We aim to train the next generation of biostatisticians in the mathematical theory, computational skills, and inferential methods needed to analyze complex data, and to bring innovative and cutting-edge developments from the theoretical data sciences into the practical world of tools and methods for biomedical data analysis. Our program is distinguished by its interdisciplinary nature and collaboration with UCSD's world-class biomedical research environment. Our program integrates rigorous data science theory and methods, training in practical collaborative skills, and the use of rich sources of data from many areas of the biomedical sciences.
Department Biostatistics
Major Biostatistics
Degree Doctor of Philosophy
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines January 5, 2022 (Fall 2022)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General is required.

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Three letters of recommendation; at least two should address academic and/or professional qualifications for pursuing a PhD program in biostatistics. If more than three are received, the first three received will be reviewed.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Your statement of purpose and objectives (500-1000) word limit suggested) should address all of the following items:

1. Describe those experiences that have shaped your interest in biostatistics. Do you have a preferred area of interest within the biostatistics discipline?
2. Describe the one academic experience that has meant the most to you in your educational career.
3. Outline your professional goals, both immediate and long term.
4. Discuss why you are interested in the Biostatistics PhD program offered in the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, the strengths you bring with you, and those areas in which you would like to increase your expertise and personal growth.

**Please specify if you have publications, work or other experience which you feel makes you more likely to succeed in this program.

Resume/CV

Required

Additional Requirements

1. Transcripts (official transcripts will be required if admitted into the program)
GPA >= 3.0 required for admission.

2. List of mathematics and statistics courses taken/projected as well as textbooks used (please include author name and edition) and grade earned. (Can be in table format)

Contact Info

Website https://ph.ucsd.edu/biostat/index.html
Email biostatistics@health.ucsd.edu
Campus Office UCtr 202; Office 442
9500 Gilman Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92093
Phone 858-246-2595
Mailing Address
Division of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics
Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health
and Human Longevity Science
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, mailcode 0725
La Jolla, CA 92093-0725