Applicants to the Indigenous Health PhD must demonstrate adequate preparation to complete the doctoral degree.
Evidence of preparation for graduate work is indicated by the grade point average (GPA) from all post-secondary schools attended; work experience and accomplishments; and professional references. Applicants are required to have a Master's degree to be considered for admission, preferably the Master of Public Health degree. The program is also well-suited for those with a master’s degree in Social Work, Public Policy, Public Administration, or related field.
Prior to applying, applicants will have taken at least one 3-credit Master’s level course in biostatistics and one 3-credit Master's level course in epidemiology. Graduate-level courses in biostatistics and epidemiology are offered at the University of North Dakota, both on-campus and online.
Admission decisions are based upon full review of all information in the application in order to ensure fairness and to balance the limitation of any single indicator. Preference for admission will be given to applicants with at least one year of public health-related work experience.
General Admissions Requirements
- Completion of the online application and payment of the application fee.
- A master’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university (for U.S. degrees, accreditation by one of the six regional accrediting associations: MSA, NASC, NCA, NEASC-CIHE, SACS-CC or WACS-Sr.).
- A graduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00.
- Applicants will have taken at least one 3-credit, graduate-level course in biostatistics and one in epidemiology.
- Fluency in written and spoken English. All non-native speakers of English must meet the School of Graduate Studies requirements regarding fluency in written and spoken English. Please refer to the School of Graduate Studies website.
Applicants are required to submit the following supporting documentation:
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals who the applicant feels are most qualified to evaluate their academic potential and leadership potential in public health.
- Curriculum vitae
- A written personal statement that describes the applicant’s professional goals and motivation for seeking a degree in public health. In addition, applicants should comment on any personal qualities, characteristics, and abilities they believe will enable them to be successful in achieving their career goals. See below for detailed requirements.
- A written Indigenous research statement that demonstrates the applicant’s strong interest in a specific Indigenous health area and, if possible, to indicate interest in particular Indigenous and/or Western ways of knowing and study designs. See below for detailed requirements.
- Official post-secondary academic transcripts from all institutions attended. Transcripts must be sent directly from the institutions to the UND School of Graduate Studies.
The Admissions Committee may request an in-person or Zoom interview with an applicant to assist in the decision process. A background check will be completed on each student before admission is final.
PhD applicants are required to submit both a personal statement and an Indigenous research statement. Limit each document to two pages.
Personal Statement (limit to two pages)
Describe your experience and background from both a professional and cultural perspective. Also, discuss why you are interested in the Indigenous Health PhD program and your long-term career goals. Applicants are encouraged to comment on any personal qualities, characteristics, and abilities they believe will enable them to be successful in achieving their career goals. The personal statement is required to assess your writing ability and to determine if the program suits your needs.
Indigenous Research Statement (limit to two pages)
The statement of research interests is intended for the applicant to: demonstrate a strong interest in a specific Indigenous health area; indicate interest in particular Indigenous and/or Western ways of knowing; and describe considerations for appropriate study designs and methodology.
In this statement, please describe the specific content area in which you propose to focus your doctoral work, and why this area is of interest to you. It is not intended to be as specific as a dissertation statement and will not preclude your exploring other areas during your doctoral work.
The admissions committee expects that you have a specific content area in mind within your desired field of study, and within that content area, have some specific issues in which you are interested. Also describe proposed methodologies (Indigenous, quantitative, qualitative or mixed) related to this content area. Familiarity with the field is essential for successful application to the program.
Upon matriculation, all Ph.D. students are required to have their own personal computer that is no older than 3 years upon entering the Public Health Program. This requirement applies to both on-campus students and distance students. Please read Public Health Program Computer Requirements for minimum requirements in hardware and software.