The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Epidemiology is an intensive research training program for students with prior training in Epidemiology or related disciplines. It provides advanced education and training for students seeking a professional career in medical and health-related research, as well as for physicians and other persons who have attained professional degrees and are seeking to integrate epidemiological research and methods into their ongoing careers. 

As a research-focused degree, students are given the skills necessary to approach health problems to generate consequential research questions and use the most appropriate epidemiological methods to address them.  The methodologically rigorous training comprises both formal classroom education and guided research with faculty mentors.  Key research areas include:  chronic disease epidemiology, including cancer, diabetes, and obesity; behavioral epidemiology relating to substance abuse and HIV/AIDS, occupational disease epidemiology; and health disparities.  

Pre-requisites:  The program is primarily designed for persons who have completed an MPH degree, as well as for physicians and others who have a master or doctoral degree in a related discipline.  At a minimum, students should have successfully completed a graduate-level, foundation of epidemiology course as well as two biostatistical courses.  

All PhD in Epidemiology students are required to complete 63 credit hours. These include:

  • core courses in epidemiology and biostatistics
  • elective coursework
  • the dissertation

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