For a better experience, click the Compatibility Mode icon above to turn off Compatibility Mode, which is only for viewing older websites.

PhD Degree in Epidemiology

About the PhD 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.

Applicants to the PhD in Epidemiology program must meet the following requirements:

  • 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.

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.

Application requirements

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.

Explore department faculty and research

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

Review degree requirements and courses

Sample Plan of Study

image of graduation cap with percent of Doctoral student's that receive some kind of funding

Paying for Your Public Health Degree

95 percent of PhD students receive tuition remission, stipend, and health insurance.

Explore scholarships and financial aid


Mary Genevieve Carty, MHEd
Senior Program Manager
Epidemiology and Biostatistics

David A. Wood, MBA, MS
Director of Recruitment, Enrollment, and Retention