Phd Public Health Connecticut

Last Updated on August 12, 2023 by Oluwajuwon Alvina


Admission to the Doctoral Program is competitive and students are selected on the basis of their demonstrated commitment to public health, academic preparation and experience.


We expect applicants to the doctoral degree to demonstrate commitment to public health through education, professional experience or volunteer service. In addition, our most competitive applicants:

  • Have completed a rigorous baccalaureate degree in a relevant discipline with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in all courses of record at the undergraduate and graduate level of study.
  • Have earned a master’s degree in a relevant field of study, preferably an M.P.H. It is possible, although highly unusual, for a student with an exemplary undergraduate background plus exceptional public health experience to earn admission into the Ph.D. study without a prior graduate degree. These students complete both M.P.H. and Ph.D. course requirements during their graduate study at the University of Connecticut.
  • Show evidence of having completed graduate courses with grades of B or better in at least three of the five core disciplines of public health (Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Behavioral Sciences, Occupational/Environmental Health, and Health Services Administration). Exceptional candidates who do not meet this criterion will be considered for admission with the expectation that three to five core discipline courses will be completed for non-degree credit in addition to other credit requirements of the doctoral degree (i.e., credits earned for these pre-requisites will not count against the program credit total).


Prospective students apply directly to the Graduate School, which sets admissions regulations and policies for all graduate programs at the University of Connecticut. Completed applications are then forwarded to the Program in Applied Public Health Sciences for review.

A complete application includes:

  • Complete our online application
  • The on-line application process requires a $75 fee and must be paid with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover).
  • Submission of Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are not required.
  • A copy of the official transcript from each university-level school attended by the applicant (uploaded into the application). It is suggested that foreign applicants have their transcript grades evaluated by a credential evaluation service.
  • Three (3) current letters of reference from faculty or others who can address your potential for success in the doctoral program.
  • A residence affidavit for determination of in-state/out-of-state tuition status can be found in the application.
  • A recent TOEFL test score or IELTS test score if English is not your native language.  A minimum TOEFL score of 600 (paper) or 250 (computer) is required for admissions. The TOEFL should be taken well in advance of the admission deadlines to assure consideration for the requested admit term. Copies of score reports sent to students are acceptable. The IELTS test is also acceptable. A minimum IELTS score of 7.0 with a speaking minimum of 27 is required. To send your TOEFL scores along with your application, please use institution code 3915; a department code is not necessary.
  • A personal statement expressing your reasons for applying to our program, your educational and professional goals, and a description of all relevant research and professional experiences to date. This statement should also include a suggestion of two to three members of our faculty whose work most interests you and might serve as academic advisors.

Successful applicants demonstrate commitment to public health by evidence of at least three years’ duration – through education, professional experience, or significant volunteer contributions. Background or interest in research methods, as evidenced by demonstrated work experience, participation in independent or team-based research, a thesis-based master’s degree, description of research interests in the personal statement, or authored publications is highly desirable.

For further explanation of requirements, including frequently asked questions, see links on the Apply to UConn page.

Applications are first reviewed by our Admissions Committee who ensure that minimum requirements for admission are met. Applicants who fail to meet these requirements are notified why their application will not be considered for admission. Complete applications will be forwarded to our Admissions Committee for full review. You can expedite this process by promptly submitting all the required material to the Graduate School Apply Yourself on-line system. The Admissions Committee considers all aspects of the application: evidence of strong commitment to public health, grade point average in graduate studies, rigor of courses taken in graduate school, experience in public health-related projects, statement of intent, and letters of recommendation. The committee evaluates potential applicants on the totality of these criteria, so that a weakness in one area may be outweighed by strength in other areas.

Final acceptance is dependent on finding an appropriate faculty mentor for your doctoral work.

Admissions, with rare exceptions, start in the fall semester of each year.

The official transcript should be sent to:
Graduate Admissions Office
438 Whitney Rd. Ext., Unit 1152
Storrs, CT 06269-1152


For preferred consideration, applications must be received for program review by April 1 for matriculation to start the following fall (applications submitted after the 2nd week of July cannot be considered for fall admission).


Any questions about transcripts or the online application can be emailed to: [email protected]

For more information on applying to the UConn Program in Applied Public Health Sciences contact:

Danica Brown
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue, MC 6325
Farmington, CT 06030-6325
Phone: 860-679-1510
Email: [email protected]

Danica Brown
Phone: 860-679-1510
Email: [email protected]

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Low Residency Phd Programs

A Ph.D. residency requirement refers to a number of credits that must be completed at the institution where you are getting your degree. Generally, there is an in-person component to a residency requirement. Some degree programs allow students to determine the timing of the residency sessions. Others structure the sessions intermittently throughout the program in order to build upon the concepts that the student is learning.

Online Ph.D’s and Residency Requirements

Online PhDs generally require several short residencies. The list of the 10 top online PhDs in Special Education Programs from the site Masters in Special Education Program Guide gives the various residency requirements from the top Special Education PhD programs. Most of the programs on the list require around 3 – 4 on campus intensives or residency visits in order to fulfill the residency requirements. A few of the schools on the list require no residency at all.

Examples of how online residency requirements differ:

  • Liberty University, a school that is ranked very highly for its online degree programs requires three on-campus intensives as well as an on-campus dissertation defense.
  • The Universities of Northcentral, Concordia and West Virginia have online Special Education PhDs that have no residency requirements at all.
  • Nova Southeastern University requires students to attend a summer institute on campus.

Traditional PhD programs have similar requirements to online programs. Because students generally live near the campus for traditional studies, residency requirements only require special attention in regard to their academic connotations.

Residency Structure and Content

The structure of a residency will change from school to school. Generally, an in-person component is a part of a PhD residency program. Online universities usually provide weekend or summer residencies. Traditional universities may have meetings weekly. Other residency programs will have conference-like meetings. Students may have pre-residency requirements which could involve extensive reading and assignments by a faculty-mentor. There could also be post-residency coursework as well.

Each program will vary in what is covered in residencies but the following are skills and topics that will generally be covered:

  • Learn how to identify a research problem
  • Examine and narrow down potential topic areas
  • Develop a literature review
  • Craft a well-formed research question
  • Select the appropriate research methodology and design
  • Develop a full research plan

These skills and topics are from Capella University’s “What is a Doctoral Residency?” page.

Residencies and Research

“Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought.” – Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Whether your PhD is being completed online or traditionally, the first focus of a residency requirement will be to establish the relevant coursework and literature review to give students a foundation for their research. These core topics will include research methods and relevant specialization strategies unique to your field of study. All of the groundwork in research will lead, through the residency meetings or classes, to defining your dissertation research topic. Professors and other faculty who lead residency sessions will be available to guide their students in research topics such as:

  • Discovery of research problems
  • Topics that they can further develop for their dissertations
  • Developing research plans
  • Preparing students to make logical arguments in their dissertations

The proficiency gained in research will prepare students for both the comprehensive exams and what has been called by many the heart of the PhD — the dissertation. Specific training in research prepares students for future success when they apply the methods and techniques they have learned into their daily work tasks.

Libraries and Residencies

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Residencies provide students with certain resources that they need in order to do legitimate research. In online PhD programs that require no residency, make sure that you have the resources you need in order to feel secure in your research. One of these is a research-caliber library.

PhD students will need regular access to a research-caliber library. A research library is needed as a supplement to the online databases that are provided by distance learning programs. A PhD student could potentially use a distant library and archive for their research. Library resources will be a vital component for research and will affect the quality of your dissertation.

Onlinephdprogram.org provides a list of 101 university library websites that “offer varying levels of access, but many of them have amazing informational assets that savvy researchers should know about, including:”

  • Databases of scholarly journals
  • Digitized versions of historical documents
  • Instructions for properly citing sources in APA, MLA, and other recognized styles.

These online databases will be vital of use to a PhD student. However, certain books will not be available in the online database. Prepare a list of books you will need for your research and, during your residency, use the library to gather the information that you can’t gather elsewhere.

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