phd in epidemiology


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About the program

The PhD in Epidemiology provides students with advanced training in epidemiological methods and prepares them for careers in research, teaching, and applied public health. The program is designed to support students with some experience in public health who seek additional training related to research methods and their application to population health. Areas of focus are driven by faculty research interests and admission to the PhD program requires matching an applicant’s research interests with a faculty member.

All students receive research and/or teaching assistantships.

  • Cancer Epidemiology
  • Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology
  • Disaster Epidemiology
  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • Field Epidemiology
  • Social Epidemiology
  • MPH, MSPH, MS or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Official GRE scores in at least the 50th percentile on quantitative and verbal reasoning within the last 5 years.
  • Written statement of goals and objectives (the personal statement) that clearly identifies the applicant’s research and curriculum interest and explains how admission to the program relates to previous research experience.
  • Current resume and three letters of recommendation.
  • Applicants must connect to the program prior to applying to identify a potential faculty advisor. Admission is based on available funding and identification of a willing faculty advisor who is a good fit for the student’s interests.

For International Students: The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required of all international applicants (unless your country of residency has English as an official language or you already have been issued a higher education degree earned from an institution in a country with English as an official language). Please refer to the Graduate College regarding requirements for any and all updates such as accepted test scores and accepted measures of language proficiency.