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PhD Degree in Epidemiology

The PhD in Epidemiology comprises both formal classroom training and guided research with faculty mentors trained in a variety of areas of public health. The program prepares students to approach problems with the critical analytic skills necessary to generate meaningful epidemiologic questions and utilize the most appropriate research strategies to address them.

Additionally, the core values of the School and Department concerning human rights and social justice will infuse students with the commitment to pursue important and innovative public health research topics even when faced with methodological challenges, and to undertake studies that generate knowledge applicable to diverse social, ethnic, and geographically defined populations. Students have five calendar years to complete the program and typical completion time ranges from three to four years.


Students will be admitted on a competitive basis, and those with a demonstrated ability to integrate public health competencies and skills into public health practice will be preferred.

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Application Deadline

  • December 15 for fall entry.


  • Master's degree in public health, master’s degree in epidemiology, or a related field
  • Potential for high level of performance in the PhD program and subsequent contributions to the field of epidemiology.

Applicants to the PhD in Epidemiology program should apply through the Drexel University Graduate Application.

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Application Requirements

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended
  • Official results from the GRE taken within the last 5 years (no other standardized test accepted for this program)
  • Results from the IELTS or TOEFL exam (non-native English speakers only)
  • World Education Service evaluation of all foreign transcripts (international applications only)
  • three letters of recommendation from faculty or professionals who can evaluate the applicant’s promise as a graduate studen
  • a written statement of career and educational goals, professional experience, and area of research interest.
  • Resume
  • An in-person or telephone interview is required of all finalists.


Degree Requirements

  • A minimum of 69.0 quarter credit hours of course work beyond the master's degree
  • minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3
  • Passing the doctoral comprehensive examination
  • Passing the candidacy oral examination
  • Completing a dissertation of publishable quality
  • Passing the final defense

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Faculty and Research

The mission of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (EB) is to develop, teach and apply approaches to understanding the distribution and determinants of disease in populations in order to generate knowledge that can be used to improve public health.

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