We are now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year.

Program Director - Michael Orlich

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3.5 - 5 years 

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PhD Epidemiology

The aim of this program is to prepare students with a strong background in a health science such as medicine or public health for a career in research and teaching at academic and non-academic institutions, governmental agencies, research institutes, non-profit organizations or private industry.

The curriculum is designed to fulfill program requirements while addressing the nature of the student’s proposed research program, as well as the student’s interest and academic needs as determined by advisors. Ph.D. degree students are expected to write scientific journal articles as part of their training. In addition to participating as a teaching assistant and/or a laboratory assistant, the student will also deliver course lectures. The student is responsible for identifying an appropriate faculty member to serve as his or her research mentor.

The program professors are welcoming, always willing to listen, and encourage applied learning as well as innovative thinking.

–Mericarmen Peralta, PhD Epidemiology candidate

Learner Outcomes

Upon completion of the PhD degree in Epidemiology, you will be able to:
• Demonstrate knowledge of human disease etiology and apply this knowledge to epidemiologic investigations.

• Interpret descriptive epidemiologic data to generate hypotheses in the examination of possible risk factors for disease.

• Critically evaluate the scientific literature pertaining to exposure and disease relationships, study designs, measures of association, and issues of bias, confounding and effect modification, and to identify gaps in knowledge.

• Utilize classical, modern and innovative epidemiologic methods in designing studies.

• Apply quantitative skills to analyze and synthesize epidemiologic data, and use available statistical software packages

• Communicate population-based study results orally and in written formats

• Design and present an epidemiologic study resulting in publishable manuscripts

• Develop research proposals using National Institutes of Health (NIH) guidelines

Possible Careers: University Professor, Epidemiologist, Researcher, Clinical Epidemiology