Doctoral Applicants

Get your PhD in public health!

Rollins offers doctoral programs in the following seven fields:

  • Biostatistics (BIOS)
  • Environmental Health Sciences (EHS)
  • Epidemiology (EPI)
  • Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences  (BSHES)
  • Global Health and Development (GHD) 
  • Health Services Research and Health Policy (HSRP)
  • Nutrition and Health Sciences (NHS)

All applicants to any of our doctoral programs will need:

  • Transcripts
  • $75 application fee
  • Resume or CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • A completed application
  • GRE scores taken within the last five years (requirements vary by Program)

In addition to these requirements, all departments require international students to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. All PhD candidates will need to apply through Laney Graduate School.

Test Codes

The codes needed to send test scores to Emory are as follows:

Center R5187
Department 5199


Institution 5187
Department 99

International students: If you earned a degree from an institution within the U.S., TOEFL scores are waived.

Additional Application Requirements

All Applicants
  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Course in multivariate calculus (typically calculus III)
  • Course in linear algebra
  • GRE scores in the 50th percentile or higher are recommended.

International Applicants

  • TOEFL scores should be: at least 96 on the Internet-based test, 243 on the computer-based test, and 590 on the paper-based test.

All Applicants

  • Strong background in environmental, biological, and/or behavioral sciences with a cumulative B+ average or better in upper-division courses.
  • GRE scores in the 50th percentile or higher are recommended (though applicants below the 50th percentile may still be considered).
International Applicants
  • TOEFL scores with a minimum of 79-80 on the Internet-based test.

All Applicants
  • Most applicants have an advanced degree in epidemiology or a related field.
  • All applicants must show evidence of quantitative ability, which can be demonstrated through Calculus, Biostatistics, Statistics, other mathematics coursework; relevant work experience; or through GRE scores.
  • Applicants are encouraged to view the faculty website and PubMed to determine whether or not a faculty member(s)'s research is a match for the applicant. Click here for a list of epidemiology faculty. 

International Applicants

  • A WES transcript evaluation and degree certification are strongly recommended.
  • TOEFL scores are required.

All Applicants

  • Students must have completed all requirements for a master's degree. If you received a master's degree in a field outside of public health, you may need to take courses outside of the typical core doctoral curriculum once admitted.
  • Recommended GRE scores are: 1100-1500 for verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning, and 4 or 5 for analytical writing.
International Applicants
  • TOEFL scores that are a minimum of 560 or more on the paper TOEFL or a score of 100 or better on the Internet-based TOEFL.

  • No additional requirements

All Applicants

  • All applicants must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree or its equivalent. A master's degree is not necessary for this PhD program.

  • No additional requirements

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