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PhD in Epidemiology

Program Overview

Core Competencies

Program of Study


The Ph.D. in Epidemiology program provides a unique educational experience for students who plan careers as independent researchers and educators in public health and epidemiology.

Doctoral-level training enables scientists to investigate causes and correlations of health problems through interventional and observational research. Students in the program complete advanced coursework in epidemiology and biostatistics, develop and execute an independent research project, and prepare manuscripts for publication. The program works with students seeking university funding, either by providing them with program funding through graduate research or teaching assistantships or by helping them to identify funding outside of the program.

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

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 PhD Epi Handbook and Program Planner documents. Students must successfully complete the PhD Epidemiology core courses (indicated in the Program Planner) prior to taking the Comprehensive Examination.

Application questions – Josh Hodsden, MBA

Registration questions – Laura Ehrlich, M.Ed.

Program Director – Lynn Marshall, ScD