Epidemiology PhD

Help solve public health grand challenges by analyzing trends in population health.

Epidemiologists identify factors that contribute to good population health and the risk of disease. Their work is highly applicable in the biological, clinical, environmental, behavioral, and social sciences.

A PhD in epidemiology allows you to examine public health trends, design and implement studies, and interpret study results for policy and program development, as well as examine and analyze significant public health problems, such as pandemics, cancer, obesity, and lifestyle.

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Why Minnesota?

  • Breadth: The program has 83 faculty members ready to serve as your academic adviser. These faculty members are not only located in the School of Public Health, but in other University colleges and departments, such as College of Nursing, College of Veterinary Medicine, Masonic Cancer Center, and Department of Family Medicine/Community Health. Faculty also come from affiliated organizations such as the VA Medical Center and the Minnesota Department of Health.
  • Location: Situated at a top research university, our program allows you to work across disciplines and take advantage of internationally recognized faculty.
  • Track record: The School of Public Health consistently ranks first or second in federal grant dollars among schools of public health in public universities, with $92 million in external support in 2014.
  • Focus: The program provides focused training in either Social/Behavioral Epidemiology or Clinical/Biological Epidemiology, allowing you to tailor your education to your interests.

Application Deadline
for Fall Admission

Scholarship Consideration Deadline: December 1
Final Deadline: February 1

Contact Us

Program Coordinator
Andrea Kish
612-626-9989
kish@umn.edu

Program Director
Michael Oakes
oakes007@umn.edu

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