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Social and Behavioral Health Sciences (PhD)

The PhD in Social and Behavioral Health Sciences is a 45 credit program, and admissions requirements are below. 

Applying to this program

  • Deadline: January 5
  • SOPHAS: Required
  • Temple University Supplemental Application: Required
  • GPA: Required; 3.0 minimum
  • GRE: Required; 50th percentile or higher
  • TOEFL: Required; 79 iBT or 550 PBT minimum (international only)
  • College Level Transcripts: Required
  • References: Required; three, professional/academic letters of recommendation should be obtained from evaluators who can provide insight into the applicant's academic abilities and talents, as well as comment on the applicant's aptitude for doctoral-level study and research (recommendations from college/university faculty members are preferred)
  • Resume/CV: Required
  • Statement of Goals: Required; in no more than 750 words, describe important academic and research achievements and interests, and specify how your research interests relate to your ultimate career goals in the field of public health and to ongoing work by faculty members affiliated with the PhD in Social and Behavioral Health Sciences program. The match between faculty and student interests is important in the admissions decision. Be sure to articulate clearly the linkages among your training goals, the expertise of our faculty, and the training emphasis of the PhD program. Click here for a description of Social and Behavioral Science faculty interests.
  • Interview: Not required
  • Additional Information: Writing sample required; scholarly articles, technical reports, or academic professional papers are preferred in which the applicant is the first author. Unless it is a published work, the writing sample should be no more than 10 pages.

Program Prerequisites 

  • For questions regarding the PhD in Social and Behavioral Health Sciences, please contact Brad Collins at

Other Information 

  • Advanced Standing: A student enrolled in the PhD in Social and Behavioral Health Sciences program may apply for advanced standing credits for graduate coursework graded "B" or better from an accredited institution. Credits for courses taken as part of a master's degree are considered; credits for thesis work, fieldwork, clinical practice, or directed projects/readings cannot be used for advanced standing credit. To be approved for advanced standing, the courses must be deemed appropriate as part of the student’s training in the PhD program. 
  • Test Waivers: Postdoctoral applicants who hold a terminal degree from an accredited US institution may request a waiver of the GRE.
  • Mentorship: Mentorship is critical to applying to the PhD in Public Health. Successful PhD applicants start meeting faculty about a year before they start the program to look for common research interests and discuss potential support.