PhD in Global Health

General Inquiries

This program is first of its kind to have emphasis in metrics and implementation science. The PhD program provides students with the latest and most innovative tools to advance global health solutions that are critical for decision-making and priority setting. PhD candidates will have the opportunity to work in one of the true global health capitals – where innovators in research, funding, and delivery work side by side to improve population health.

Students wishing to learn more about the program can reach out to co-program managers Savita Mukhedkar and Sarah N Dillard at They can answer general questions you may have about the program and your eligibility. Those hoping to learn more about the Implementation Science program specifically, should email Savita directly, whereas those interested in Metrics should email Sarah at

Applying to the Program

We have only one admissions cycle, with a midnight December 1 deadline (or the next business day if December 1 falls on a weekend). All applications received between September 1 and December 1 are reviewed together; there is no early application process. Please do not apply until September 1 or later, as materials and procedures change each year. All materials, including test scores, are expected to be submitted by the deadline. Please plan ahead for this.  

The GRE is not required, accepted, or considered. All students must meet the language proficiency requirements defined by the Graduate School in Policy 3.2.

Yes. In fact it is up to you to keep track of your application materials by checking on your application in the system. Once you have started or submitted a UW Graduate School application,  log in to your account to check the status of your submitted application, letters of recommendation, transcripts & test scores. Please check via the electronic system, rather than by emailing staff.

Yes. The applications are entirely separate, with different prompts, and are reviewed by different committees. Prospective applicants must apply to the area of emphasis that they wish to pursue. Those wishing to pursue the Implementation Science area of emphasis will find it listed as “Global Health Metrics and Implementation Science (PhD)”, whereas prospective Metrics students will find their application listed as “Health Metrics Sciences (PhD).” More information about the Metrics program can be reviewed here.


The program begins in fall quarter. Because the coursework is sequential in nature, students cannot begin in winter or spring quarters.

We do keep waitlists in case any of the applicants to whom we offer admission decline our offer and space becomes available. If you are placed on a waitlist, we will let you know at the time admissions decisions are announced (first week of March). We are not able to predict if or when a waitlisted student might be admitted, and we do not release the order of the waitlist to applicants. We will keep the waitlist open until school begins in autumn quarter.

No, we do not permit deferrals. However, if you are admitted and would like to reapply the following year, we can keep your application materials on file for one year as long as you notify the department by April 15th.