Admission

ITEHP Fall 2021 Application Deadline: December 8, 2020

*Application deadlines vary by program. Click HERE to view deadlines for all Duke PhD programs.*

Application to the Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program (ITEHP) may be completed in one of two ways:

(1) If your primary interest is Environmental Health, you may apply for admission directly to the Program.  Once in the Program Information section in your Duke University Graduate School application, indicate your Intended Degree as “Ph.D. (Biomedical Sciences Programs – School of Medicine” and your Department/Degree as “Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health – Ph.D.”.  Students who are admitted directly into the ITEHP program affiliate with a department depending upon their choice of research mentor; this is typically done in the second year.  Please note students directly admitted to ITEHP are awarded a fellowship.  These fellowships are restricted to US Citizens or permanent residents only.  Non-US Citizens who are interested in ITEHP must apply via Option #2 through a participating department and pursue the ITEHP certificate.

(2) If your primary interest is in a departmentally-based field, you should apply to your primary program of interest through the standard Duke University Graduate School application.  Once in the Program Information section in your application, indicate your Intended Degree as “Ph.D. (All Otheres)” and your Department/Degree as your program of interest (e.g. Environment – Ph.D.”).  Intended Degrees include graduate programs within Duke University Schools of Arts and Sciences, Medicine, Engineering, or Environment.  In order to indicate your interest in ITEHP, do both of the following:

  • Enter “Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health certificate” in the free text “Area(s) of Interest” field in the Program Information section of your application.
  • Email the DGS and DGSA listed on our Contact Us page to indicate that you are interested in the ITEHP certificate. This step is an important notification for us so we can contact the relevant program and keep tabs on your progress upon admission.

There is no difference in the eventual degree granted through either mechanism; both routes result in a PhD granted by a specific department, with certification in Toxicology.

Students are offered direct admission to the Program with fellowship support based on rank among all applicants.  Students may be awarded a Program fellowship (Option #1) or may be accepted into the Program via the certificate (Option #2), with support from Departmental funds.  For each entering year, approximately three (3) full fellowships (tuition, fees, and stipend) are awarded.

Applicants to the Program must have a bachelor’s degree with a strong foundation in the biological and physical sciences, and in mathematics.  Applicants must submit transcripts and three (3) letters of recommendation.  It is expected that course work and research experience will vary among applicants but that the applicant’s academic credentials will be sufficient to ensure successful completion of the degree.

*Important Updates: Applicants for Fall 2021 Admissions:

  • Submission of GRE scores for this admissions cycle is optional.  If you have taken the GRE and feel that your scores enhance your application, you will have the option to submit your scores in your application.  However, GRE scores are not required for application to ITEHP for Fall 2021 admission.  ITEHP admissions takes a holistic approach, where our Admissions Committee takes a broad range of factors into account when reviewing applicants for admission — we seek to look beyond only grades and test scores and consider whether an applicant will truly be successful in our program. (Note that if you are planning to pursue the ITEHP certificate and are applying to another program for admission via route #2 above, or if you simply are applying to multiple programs, you will need to review each specific program’s GRE requirements.)
  • When writing your Statement of Purpose for your application, you are encouraged to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you.  We recognize that the global situation has been difficult on everyone and that it may have prevented you from obtaining the training or experience that you had originally planned for.  While not required, this is an opportunity for you to acknowledge your individual situation within your application to our Admissions Committee.  Feel free to weave this information throughout your Statement of Purpose or create a separate section within your Statement to specifically address this topic.
  • If applying directly to ITEHP via route #1 above, you can now include a short video component in the Departmental Requirements section of your application.  This optional video is a helpful additional tool for our Admissions Committee, enhancing our ability to perform a holistic review of applicants.   The video can be recorded on your smartphone or computer.  You should describe in two (2) minutes or less how a Duke PhD training experience would help you achieve your academic and professional goals.  If you are applying via route #2 above, you have the option (but, again, are not required) to include a video in Supplemental Uploads section of your application.
  • The Duke Graduate School is offering limited application fee waivers. If interested in requesting a waiver, you should begin an online application, but before submitting, you should inquire about the availability of a fee waiver by contacting Assistant Dean Alan Kendrick at alan.kendrick@duke.edu.  Due to the limited nature of these waivers, you are encouraged to apply early.

Accepted ITEHP students will rotate with three different labs during their first year.  The student should contact faculty members ahead of time to ask IF they are taking students for rotations or, possibly, as a part of their lab.  Not all faculty listed on the ITEHP webpage will be taking new students for rotations or for dissertation research projects. 

Ready to apply?  Visit The Graduate School’s Admissions page to start your application!

Last updated 05Oct2020