The PhD in Health Services & Policy is awarded by the Graduate College. Instruction is offered through the College of Public Health's Department of Health Management and Policy.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the Admission Requirements of the Graduate College and the department offering the degree program (review the department's web site or the General Catalog for departmental requirements).

Estimated Cost of Attendance

Tuition and fees vary by degree program and the type of student you are.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester only

  • The priority deadline is January 15. Because financial decisions are made throughout the admissions period, early applicants are more likely to receive full consideration for financial aid.
  • Applications will be accepted after this date as space allows.

Application Procedures

A complete application to the University of Iowa Ph.D. in Health Services and Policy Program is comprised of two parts: 1) an application and supporting documents submitted to SOPHAS and 2) an application and supporting documents submitted to the University of Iowa Office of Graduate Admissions.

The graduate application process has two steps

  • You must first submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).
  • Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email instructing you on how to upload your supporting documents and submit letters of recommendation.  A few programs require materials be sent directly to them. However, almost all supplemental material can and should be uploaded from your Admissions Profile in MyUI, our online service center for applicants and students.  You can only access this AFTER you have submitted your application.

Degree Program Supplemental Materials

  • Materials sent to the department via SOPHAS:
    • Application
    • Official transcripts showing all previous undergraduate and graduate work with grades and degrees.
    • Official GRE scores– use code 0658
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Personal Statement– Please identify and rank which focus area(s) you are applying to and why. Visit the HMP website for detailed information on the three Focus Areas: Health Economics, Health Policy, and Health Management and Organizations.
    • Resume
    • TOEFL (International Students only)

Materials to send to Admissions


Apply Online, the $60 application fee ($100 for international students) is payable by Discover, MasterCard, or Visa.

Contact Information

Department of Health Management & Policy
The University of Iowa
Betsy Winter
145 N. Riverside Dr.
Iowa City, IA 52242

Office of Admissions
The University of Iowa
107 Calvin Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1396