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.