PhD in Epidemiology

The PhD is a research degree and is granted on evidence of general proficiency, distinctive attainment in epidemiology, and particularly on ability for independent investigation as demonstrated in a dissertation presenting original research with a high degree of literary skill.

The core coursework of the PhD program was designed to incorporate competencies recommended in the report of the 2002 workshop on doctoral education in epidemiology from the American College of Epidemiology and the Association of Schools of Public Health and criteria for applied epidemiology competencies.

Graduates of the Epidemiology PhD program will be able to:

  • Apply epidemiological methods to address critical and/or emerging public health and clinical research issues through the use of:
    • Appropriate epidemiological research designs
    • Advanced statistical analysis methods for health studies
    • Data structures and measurement methods for health research
    • Biological, behavioral, and social theory applied to the understanding and prevention of contemporary threats to health and well-being
    • Depth of knowledge in an area of specialization
  • Assimilate the history, philosophy, and ethical principles of epidemiology into current research
  • Develop grant proposals and manage research projects
  • Write scientific papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals, and communicate research results to scientists, policy makers, and the public
  • Compete successfully for research and teaching positions in academic institutions, federal or state agencies, or private institutions

The program consists of required coursework, successful completion of a qualifying examination, preparation and oral defense of a dissertation proposal, admission to candidacy, preparation and oral defense of a dissertation. The curriculum, graduate school and graduation requirements are detailed in the PhD Student Handbook. Use the navigation links to the left to browse our curriculum, concentrations, courses, application processes, and frequently asked questions.