Students in the PhD program in Epidemiology master core knowledge in epidemiologic and biostatistical methods related to the design, implementation and evaluation of public health studies surrounding psychosocial, behavioral, biological, and cultural factors.  Working closely with their advisor, students will develop a course of study best suited to meet their specific research interests. Or, applicants may designate one of the following specializations: social epidemiology or environmental epidemiology.

Our faculty in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics has multi-faceted interests and expertise in the epidemiology of infectious disease and chronic disease with particular focus in the areas of HIV/STIs, cancer, health disparities, cardiovascular disease, obesity/physical activity, and sexual and reproductive health. Additional areas of specialization include social and behavioral determinants of health, aging, cultural competency, and community-based interventions.

The PhD in Epidemiology requires a minimum of 64 credit hours beyond the master’s degree in epidemiology or public health, including 12 credit hours of dissertation research. Students may design their own specialization or select to specialize in either 1) Social Epidemiology or 2) Environmental Epidemiology. 

If an entering student does not have an MPH degree prior to entering the program they will have to complete 13 additional credits for these fundamental courses. Students entering the program with a master’s degree in a field other than epidemiology are required to take MPH courses in epidemiology and biostatistics to gain competency in these content and method areas. A minimum of 12 credit hours in a cognate area is required for specialization (included in the 64 credits).