Doctorate in Epidemiology Program

The Epidemiology Program will produce highly qualified epidemiologists capable of investigating complex population and public health issues, and independently designing and conducting quantitative research to address the biological and environmental determinants of health. Through classroom instruction, hands-on experience in the research programs of faculty of the School of Public Health, and their own dissertation research, students will develop expertise in one or more of the following areas of specialization:

  • Infectious disease epidemiology
  • Environmental epidemiology
  • Occupational epidemiology
  • Chronic disease epidemiology
  • Nutritional epidemiology
  • Clinical epidemiology
  • Epidemiology of zoonotic diseases

The PhD in epidemiology is a three-year dissertation degree. Graduate students are required to complete a minimum of 15 credit units.

  • 9 credit units of core required courses
  • 3 credit units of additional courses (selected from the restricted electives list)
  • 3 credit units of additional courses  (selected from restricted or open electives list)

Minimum residency requirements at the PhD level are two academic years. During the residency period students are expected to accomplish their qualifying and comprehensive examinations, as well as all course requirements with the exception of the dissertation and oral defense. 

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