Specialized training in critical population health topics
Our Population Health doctoral students conduct research that addresses key determinants of health including:
Social and Neighborhood/Community Contexts
Health Care Access and Delivery
All Population Health PhD candidates must earn at least 33 credits by completing core research courses, selecting a concentration, and taking additional electives and directed study courses, as needed and in consultation with their faculty advisors. They must complete a dissertation in order to earn their degree.
Students investigate the underlying causes of adverse health, including disease, disparities, and disability, through training in core population health disciplines.
Students are trained to conduct research examining the social and environmental determinants of health through a cohesive, transdisciplinary program that integrates topics that include the five pillars of public health, including epidemiology, biostatistics, health program evaluation, environmental health, and social determinants of health.
Students are trained to conduct highly rigorous research examining the financing, organization, and delivery of health care services through the use of quantitative and qualitative research methods.
The Population Health PhD Program accepts applications through 12/15 for Fall entry only.
|Applicants accepted:||Domestic and International|
|Delivery:||On campus with some options to take classes online|
|Student status:||Choice of part-time or full-time|
|Term Start:||Fall only*|
*Requests for a Spring start are considered on a case by case basis by the Program Director.
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No, our program does not have specific requirements with regard to classes applicants must take or have taken prior to applying.
While competitive applicants typically already possess an advanced degree, we will consider exceptionally qualified applicants with a bachelor’s degree, as well.
A maximum of 9 semester/12 quarter hours of credit obtained at another institution may be accepted towards the degree, provided the credits consist of work taken at the graduate level for graduate credit, carry grades of 3.000 (B) or better,, and have not been used toward any other degree. These courses must have been taken within 5 years prior to the transfer.
Admission to the Population Health PhD program is contingent on receiving GRE scores (taken within the past five years) from all applicants, and this requirement cannot be waived. In addition, TOEFL scores are required from all international applicants who have received degrees from institutions outside the United States. Guidelines for submitting a request to waiver the TOEFL requirement are outlined in the Admissions section.
Certain required classes (for example, introductory classes in Biostatistics and Epidemiology) can be waived if you’ve taken equivalent classes in previous graduate programs. Course waivers will be determined on a case by case basis once a student is accepted and officially matriculates into the PhD Program.
Doctoral students in the Population Health PhD program pay per credit taken. The latest cost per credit for Bouve College of Health Sciences programs can be found on Northeastern’s Student Financial Services webpage.
Our program offers a select number of graduate assistantships for doctoral students, which covers tuition and includes a yearly stipend in exchange for 20 hours of work each week. You do not need to do anything further than submitting an application to the Program to be considered for a graduate assistantship.
Some required courses have online course equivalents that doctoral students may choose to take, but it is not required.
Many courses in the PhD Program meet in the early evenings, and some meet during the day. Most courses meet once a week or twice a week. With enough work flexibility, it is possible to work full time and attend school part-time.
Yes, you can apply to both programs and be considered for both. Please note the application process is separate for the two programs. Please see the MPH Program page for more information about applying to that program.
Yes, we would be happy to put you in touch with our faculty. Please send your query to Tracy Hunt, Population Heath PhD Program Manager, at PopHealth@northeastern.edu along with a description of your research interests so you can be appropriately matched.
We welcome any questions you might have about our program. Please feel free to send general program inquiries and admissions-related questions to Dr. John Griffith, Interim Program Director.