Epidemiology Degree Programs



The PhD program is designed for students who plan to become independent researchers in epidemiology. Emphasis is on the development and mastery of epidemiologic and biostatistical skills required for the highest levels of scholarship, investigation, and leadership in public health work. Students design and complete their own investigator-initiated research projects, and are prepared to compete for research grant awards supported by the National Institutes of Health and other agencies that fund epidemiology research. Learning experiences are pursued through coursework and readings, apprenticeships with supervising faculty, participation on a research team, and completion of the dissertation research project.


The master's degree program is designed to provide students with the epidemiologic and biostatistical skills essential to engaging in clinical and population-based research. Students are trained in a wide range of applications of epidemiologic methods, from investigation into the causes of disease to the means for prevention. The program prepares students to participate in public health activities sponsored by government and non-governmental organizations such as health planning, disease control, and community health projects.

Our Graduates impact public practice at the local, state, national and international levels


our graduates

  • Department Of Community Health
  • Academia
  • Centers for Disease Control
  • Private Industry
  • Global health organizations
  • National Institute of Health
  • Non-governmental organizations



Epidemiologists work in hospitals, for county and state health departments, for government agencies, in universities, and for pharmaceutical companies. Hospital epidemiologists study nosocomial (hospital-acquired) diseases, conduct drug trials, research treatment outcomes, or may be involved in hospital planning. Epidemiologists employed with county or state health departments investigate disease outbreaks, or conduct studies of disorders of importance to the geographical entity. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National Institutes for Health (NIH) and other federal agencies employ epidemiologists to conduct epidemiologic studies, perform risk factor analyses, track the prevalent incidence of disease, and formulate public health policy. Epidemiologists employed with pharmaceutical companies are involved in drug trials, post marketing surveillance and pharmaceutical needs assessment.



Our faculty strive to produce convincing evidence that will lead to improvements in public health, and to develop new and innovative statistical and epidemiological methods for producing this evidence.

A few areas of current faculty research interests are listed here.