Program information

In addition to the information on this page, please review the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Epidemiology Program page before you apply to the program.

Epidemiology is the quantitative study of the distribution and determinants of disease and injuries in human and animal populations. The PhD program in Epidemiology is designed to 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:

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


Thesis or project based program

Graduate students in a thesis or project based program pay tuition three times a year for as long as they are enrolled in their program.

Application process

Find a supervisor

Find a potential research supervisor from the list on the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies program page. Read about the work each supervisor is currently doing and, if you think you'd like to work with them, contact them and describe your research interests and past academic experience. If they are accepting students, they will instruct you to begin a formal application.

Submit an online application

Contact us

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