Applicant Checklist

The PhD in Population Health Sciences (PHS), which is based at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA, is administered through the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, MA.

APPLICATION: You are required to complete the Harvard University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Admissions Application to apply to the PhD in Population Health Sciences, located at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Application information and instructions are available at

Program Number:
Program Name: Population Health Sciences

Name/Number: Population Health Sciences


APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 1, 2022 at 5 p.m Eastern time.

FEE: Payable to GSAS-Harvard University. This fee must accompany the application for admission; applications will not be processed without the full fee.

REQUIREMENTS: Matriculants are required to have at minimum a bachelor’s degree.

RECOMMENDATIONS: It is suggested that you communicate to recommenders you listed on the application that they will receive a request for a recommendation to be submitted online

General Record Examinations (GRE): GRE scores will not be required for the 2021-2022 application cycle. Though, it is recommended that the applicant try their best to take the GRE and submit their scores along with their application.

When requesting score reports, be sure to indicate the receiving institution as Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences code R-3451.

Applicants should take the GRE test no later than November to ensure that score reports arrive in time to be considered. Score reports of paper tests taken after November may arrive too late to be taken into consideration when the application is evaluated. The computer-based General Test will be offered regularly. Please refer to the GRE schedule for specific dates when GRE Tests are given. See the GRE Information & Registration Bulletin or visit the GRE web site at for more information. Call the Educational Testing Service at 609-771-7670 for a copy of the bulletin.

TOEFL TEST: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

If English is not your native language, there are only two acceptable ways to demonstrate English proficiency: 1) Hold a bachelor’s degree from an institution at which English is the language of instruction; 2) Score at least 100 on the TOEFL iBT Test.

When requesting TOEFL score reports, be sure to indicate the receiving institution as Harvard University, Graduate Division, Arts & Sciences code 3451.

More information can be found on the GSAS Application instruction website.