PhD in Global Health


Special Note: The SOPHAS application is for non-Taiwan (Republic of China) citizens only.  Applicants with Taiwan(ROC) citizenship should refer to the NTU Office of Academic Affairs for application/admission information.


Program Description

The College of Public Health (CPH) at National Taiwan University has recently received its CEPH accreditation, opening new opportunities for students to obtain PhD in Global Health. NTU is uniquely located in the heart of Asia with well-established practicum opportunities across Asia and Africa. 


CPH is committed to providing an interesting and thought-provoking academic experience, preparing students with the necessary skills and knowledge applicable to critical health issues worldwide. The program will equip you with the methodology and skills to kick start your career in a global health context or help build upon your current skills. We aim to prepare students to become independent investigators in academic and non-academic research institutions, and emphasizes contributions to theory and basic sciences.


Note: Language of instruction is English.



Admissions Requirements

1.      International (non-Taiwan citizens only)  


2.      Master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university


3.      Proof of English language proficiency in the form of one of the following:


  • Previous degree from an English-speaking country or taught entirely in English
  • TOEFL or IELTS for non-native English speakers. Minimum scores: 


‧   TOEFL: 250 CBT; 100 iBT; 600 PBT (paper-based test)


‧   IELTS: 7


‧   (optional) Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Please submit your official test scores to National Taiwan University, College of Public Health; there is no need to enter a department code. GRE® test scores are valid for five years after the testing year in which you tested.



Application Requirements


Applicants must provide the following with this application:


  1. SOPHAS application form 
  2. Official transcripts
  3. SOPHAS Statement of Purpose and Objectives
  4. Resume/CV
  5. Reflective Essay
  6. Letters of recommendation*3


Official transcripts


1.         From each U.S./Canadian (English-speaking) college or university (if applicable)


2.         Applicants with non-U.S./Canadian (English-speaking) credentials must provide documentation in the form of ONE of the following:


‧    Official transcripts/marksheets - have sent to: National Taiwan University, R122, No.17 Xu-Zhou Road, Taipei 100, Taiwan or email copies to: Note: If your academic records do not include official evidence of the award of your degree, you must also submit additional documents that verify the degree conferral.


‧    World Education Services (WES) evaluation - have sent directly to SOPHAS




SOPHAS Statement of Purpose and Objectives


This statement should be a concise, well-written essay about your educational background and reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in public health, specifically the area of study you wish to follow. This essay should be approximately 1,500 words in length. You should give information about:


  1. Your background as it pertains to your academic and professional goals.
  2. The motivating influences that stimulated interest in your specific discipline.
  3. Your future career goals and objectives.
  4. Indicate how an advanced degree will help to achieve your educational and career objectives.




Applicants may upload a resume or CV directly to SOPHAS via their online application. No cover letter is required.



Reflective Essay


Please provide a brief description (approximately 500 words in length; 3,000 character limit) of how your personal or academic background and experiences will bring a unique perspective to the program and contribute to a diverse and inclusive NTU-GH community. If application, please also discuss and explain any unusual patterns or anomalies in your academic or professional record (for example, gaps in work or education, or a poor semester performance).  This essay will be pasted into the Additional Questions section of our programs.



 Letters of recommendation*3


We require three letters of recommendation from either academic (i.e. a professor) or professional (i.e. a supervisor) sources. We do not accept personal references.


These letters should be submitted electronically via SOPHAS by your references. Once you input the contact information of your references, SOPHAS will contact them directly with instructions.








Contact Information

Telephone: +886 (0)2 3366 8094