Epidemiology PhD

The Epidemiology PhD is a doctoral program in the College of Public Health that can lead to a broad range of career options in academic, nonprofit and governmental positions, as well as private sector positions in the pharmaceutical industry or health systems.

Graduate students in the Epidemiology PhD program focus on the quantitative study of biological and public health processes, and become proficient in collecting data, designing studies and spurring innovation in analysis and public health campaigns. Students also deepen their research interests and invest in advanced training in epidemiological and biological methods, and design and conduct research studies investigating key questions that will improve global health.

Full-time study on campus allows you to strengthen collegial bonds with faculty. You’ll develop grant-writing skills and tools for teaching in a higher education context and write publication-caliber papers, as well as a final dissertation to contribute to the professional community.

Take core public health courses in the Epidemiology PhD including foundations in biostatistics, epidemiology, grantsmanship and research design. Then deepen your studies with advanced courses and electives in epidemiologic and biologic methods. Build your identity as a public health professional through the many opportunities for professional development in the PhD program. The program sponsors opportunities like departmental colloquia, journal clubs, professional conferences and professional development workshops.

Classes & Curriculum

You’ll take 45 credits to earn the PhD: 39 credits of regular coursework and six credits of preliminary exams and dissertation work. Advanced standing from previous graduate coursework in epidemiology may be granted for doctoral students; ask the program director for details.

See a full list of required and elective courses for the Epidemiology PhD.

Labs & Research

Doctoral students use research and lab spaces to develop papers for publication and presentation at conferences; expand their professional connections; define dissertation projects using existing funded research studies; and gain funding in the form of research assistantships. Learn more about labs and research in the Epidemiology PhD.


The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics offers all students accepted to the Epidemiology PhD program a competitive level of support, including tuition, stipend and health insurance, for four years.

Graduate assistantships sponsored by the College of Public Health include

  • research assistants (RAs), who perform supervised research activities. Research assistantships are frequently supported by faculty grant funding, and RAs are expected to work with faculty on grant proposals and develop both research and grant-writing competencies.
  • teaching assistants (TAs) could be assigned to assist in teaching courses, including grading exams and papers or teaching lab sections. TAs learn current pedagogies that prepare them for academic teaching careers and can receive certification in higher education teaching.

Highly qualified candidates will be nominated for university fellowships, and minority candidates will be nominated for Temple’s Future Faculty Fellows program.

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