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Program Overview

Epidemiology is defined as the study of the distribution of health and disease in populations, including the factors that influence population health. The Doctoral Program in Epidemiology is intended for students who have an interest in quantitative population-based health research.

Epidemiologic training is based on a broad spectrum of introductory and advanced courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, and public health. Doctoral-level training enables scientists to investigate causes and correlates of health through interventional and observational research and to advance the methods for such research. This program provides a unique educational experience for students interested in immediately applying theory to practice as they prepare for careers as researchers and educators.

The epidemiology program works with students seeking university funding, either by providing them with program funding through graduate research and/or teaching assistantships or by helping them to identify funding outside the program.

Core Competencies

Students graduating from this program will be able to:

  • Identify public health issues that warrant epidemiologic study and conduct independent, scholarly research that advances knowledge about the causes, prevention, and amelioration of human disease
  • Work collaboratively across disciplines on research and applied projects
  • Teach graduate students and health professionals in academic, governmental, non-profit and private sector settings

Course of Study

The doctoral program in epidemiology requires the completion of a minimum of 135 credits in the following areas:

  • Epidemiology Methods Core
  • Biostatistics Core
  • Public Health Core
  • Approved Methods Electives
  • Other Approved Electives
  • Dissertation Credits

For more information on the curriculum, please see the Course Planning Worksheet. Students must successfully complete the PhD Epidemiology core courses (indicated on the worksheet) prior to taking the Qualifying Examination.


Program Coordinator – Laura Ehrlich, M.Ed.

Program Director – Lynn Marshall, ScD


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