- How do I apply?
- Is there funding for Ph.D. Students?
- What courses will I be taking?
- What if I already have a Masters of Public Health or a clinical degree?
- What are the milestones I have to meet and the time to degree?
Instructions on how to apply to our program can be found on our How do I Apply? page.
Yes. Many Ph.D. students are offered financial support through teaching assistantships. There are also a limited number of fellowships and graduate research assistantships available. For a full list of support sources at UC Merced, visit the Graduate Division's Financial Support page.
Our curriculum has a strong base of coursework, including courses in the five core areas of public health (environmental health, social and behavioral health, health services research, epidemiology, and statistics). A full description can be found on our Curriculum page.
The Ph.D. is expected to take four to five years to complete. Students who enter with a Masters of Public Health or a related field can petition to have courses waived, which may shorten the length of time to completion of degree. A full description can be found on our Curriculum page.
The planned course of Public Health graduate study includes a number of courses that constitute the basis of public health, which are standard across institutions. Students who have obtained a masters degree at another university may petition to have courses in the required course of study waived.