Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Ideal applicants will have demonstrated an interest in health policy or health services through a master's degree and/or relevant work experience.  Applicants should have an understanding of quantitative concepts demonstrated by coursework or work experience. 

All applicants to the Ph.D. Program in Health Policy must include the following in the application:

  • Statement of Purpose that includes the concentration(s) and/or policy area(s) of interest
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts for all college/university degrees and courses
  • GRE score (optional)
  • TOEFL score for applicants who have not completed a degree from an English-speaking institution (will also accept IELTS or Duolingo score)
  • CV
Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action, and encourages individuals from diverse, under-represented populations to apply to its graduate programs. The university does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, socio-economic background, or disability.    

The Fall 2024 application is now closed. The Fall 2025 application portal will open in August and will be available here under Biomedical & Biological Sciences:

Applications are due December 15 each year. 

Learn More About the Admission Process

Dr. Stacie Dusetzina, director of Vanderbilt's Health Policy & Health Services PhD program, shares helpful tips on the interview process:

How to Apply

To apply online visit the Vanderbilt Graduate School.

  • Select Apply Now
  • Create an account and login
  • Select start new application
  • Complete the Program page with the information below

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