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What will I learn?

The PhD Health Sciences program is designed to meet the critical need for doctoral-prepared faculty and researchers in areas such as biomedical sciences, communication sciences and disorders, health informatics, kinesiology, occupational therapy and physical therapy.

Health Sciences PhD Program

You will work closely with research faculty in your selected area of concentration and complete cross-disciplinary courses that emphasize an interdisciplinary perspective in health-related education and research. Your independent research and dissertation will be structured according to your area of specialization.

  • Only a handful of universities nationwide offer a PhD in health sciences, and UWM offers the only such program in the state.
  • The diversity of our programs, faculty and their research will allow you to develop interdisciplinary perspectives to broaden your scientific approach.
  • Many of our students publish in peer-reviewed journals and present at national and international conferences before graduation.
  • All of our graduates have found employment within their chosen field, going on to a variety of faculty positions, postdoctoral fellowships and industry jobs.

Which department am I in?

College of Health Sciences

Study options

Full Time (72 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$25,650.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected January 2022

Start date

6 September 2022


College of Health Sciences

Enderis Hall,

2400 E. Hartford Avenue,



53211, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants for admission to the UWM Graduate School must have the following: A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent as determined by the UWM Centre on International Education, from a regionally accredited institution, completed before the first term of enrolment in the Graduate School. Students applying to approved integrated bachelor’s/master’s programs are exempt from this requirement, A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, or an equivalent measure on a grading system that does not use a 4.0 scale.

For international students

Master’s degree or equivalent in an area that provides foundational academic preparation in the proposed PhD in Health Sciences. Area of Concentration.

Bachelor’s degree with exceptional promise, as indicated by research experience/evidence of writing or an undergraduate project, recommendations, GRE scores and undergraduate GPA.

English proficiency requirement: TOEFL IBT - 79 – 120; IELTS - 6.5 - 9.0; Cambridge English Advanced/Cambridge English Proficiency - C1 level or higher.

Application deadline: fall term - January 15; spring term October 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

With more than 200 academic programs the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has been the first choice for more than 195,000 alumni across the globe.

  • A globally engaged, top research university
  • Located in Wisconsin’s largest city, Milwaukee
  • Offers over 200 academic programs
  • 17:1 student-to-teacher ratio

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