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Requirements for Admission into the Clinical & Population Health Research Program

Typically, candidates have a master's degree in public health or a master’s degree in biostatistics, epidemiology, economics, or other discipline with quantitative training. Typically, students entering the PhD program have one year of graduate level biostatistics and one year of epidemiology or other research methods training. While no minimum grade point average is required, students applying for admission must have demonstrated superior academic performance. Experience in research settings is preferred. 

Students with clinical degrees (e.g. PharmD, MD) may also be competitive for admission. Typically, such students should have demonstrated academic excellence and ability to successfully engage in quantitative research. 

Prerequisites for Admission into the Clinical & Population Health Research Program

Satisfactory completion ("B" or higher) of introductory coursework in epidemiology and biostatistics is required of all students. Strong applicants without these courses may be considered for admission. Full matriculation will be conferred only when the prerequisite courses have been satisfactorily completed. 

Application for Admission 

The online application system is open in mid to late September each year. A complete application for admission includes:

  • An official admission application through ApplyYourself
  • A personal statement of two pages describing:
    • educational expectations
    • career aspirations
    • research experience
    • special qualifications or experience
    • which faculty or research programs at UMMS you would like to engage with
  • A current resume or CV
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are able to assess past academic performance, research experience and prospective success in doctoral-level work
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended*
  • Foreign applicants must also submit TOEFL scores*
  • An application fee of $80

*Applicants are required to upload transcripts (official or unofficial) within the application process.  GRE (not required) and TOEFL (or IELTS) scores should be entered on the application.  Official transcripts and score reports are required only if and when applicants matriculate as students.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, national origin, covered veteran status, disability, ancestry or any other characteristic protected by law in employment, admissions, participation in its programs, services and activities, and selection of vendors who provide services or products to UMMS. Further, UMMS is firmly committed to ensuring that all who work, study, visit or seek treatment here may do so in an environment free of harassment and/or discrimination.

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University of Massachusetts Medical School 
55 Lake Avenue North (S1-710) 
Worcester, MA 01655 
Office Phone: 508 856-2179 
Fax: 508 856-1810