The PhD in Epidemiology is offered by the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Epidemiology is the scientific discipline concerned with the causes and prevention of human disease. Epidemiology focuses on the occurrence of disease among human populations, considering changes within populations over time and differences among and between populations in disease risk.
Epidemiologists today are involved in attempts to understand the causes and means of controlling AIDS and other infectious diseases, as well as chronic diseases including cancer and coronary heart disease. Much of our understanding of the links between sexual practices and AIDS risk, of smoking and cancer, of serum cholesterol and coronary heart disease, of obesity and mortality risk and of air pollution and chronic lung disease derives from epidemiologic studies.
The PhD in Epidemiology trains individuals for careers in research and teaching in academic settings, research institutes, government agencies and industry. It has been designed for students whose careers will focus on conducting investigator-initiated and collaborative epidemiologic research. On average, the doctoral program requires approximately four to five years for completion.
The first two years of this time are usually devoted to coursework, the qualifying exam, the comprehensive doctoral examinations, and development of doctoral research. The program is research oriented and centers on a major research project.
At least 46 credits are required for the major (including up to 10 units of independent study), plus a minimum of 18 dissertation units (EPID 920), and at least 9 units minimum for the minor (depending on minor department requirements). Consult the course listings for further details on specific course requirements and schedules.
The overall course of study will be developed by the student and the advisor and approved by the student's Graduate Committee and Chair of the Epidemiology Section.
View more about the program and the curriculum at: http://publichealth.arizona.edu/academics/doctoral-programs/epi
Arizona's first and only accredited college of public health, the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is uniquely situated in the culturally rich and diverse Southwest. Distinguished for our outstanding community-based research and for our focus on eliminating health disparities among populations of the Southwest and globally, the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health offers tremendous opportunities to its students for education, research and community involvement.
The College of Public Health's interdisciplinary activities are enhanced by being part of the Arizona Health Sciences Center with campuses in Tucson and Phoenix. The College consistently ranks among the top five in American Indian and Hispanic graduates and students enrolled among accredited schools of public health, according to recent data from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. In addition, the University of Arizona is one of only 62 members in the Association of American Universities, a prestigious organization that recognizes universities that have developed exceptionally strong overall research and academic programs.
College of Public Health
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
View more detailed admissions criteria at: http://publichealth.arizona.edu/prospective-students/ms-phd-epi-admissions-criteria
Applications should be submitted through SOPHAS, the centralized application service for accredited schools and programs of public health, at www.sophas.org.
GRE - Send scores to the University of Arizona College of Public Health/SOPHAS, code 4253
International Students - Tests of English Proficiency
International applicants are required by the UA Graduate College to submit a TOEFL score of 90 on the iBT test. For students who take the IELTS examination, an overall score of 7 is required, with a score of no less than 6 on any individual band or module. TOEFL and IELTS test scores must be dated within two years of the year of enrollment. Students may be requested to enter the Center for English as a Second Language to improve their verbal skills.
SOPHAS TOEFL Scores - Code 5688
SOPHAS IELTS Scores - Code SOPHAS
A variety of funding is available in the form of scholarships/fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. More information regarding tuition and financial assistance is available at: http://publichealth.arizona.edu/prospective-students/tuition-financial-assistance
Federal Financial Aid https://financialaid.arizona.edu/apply-for-aid/graduate-professional
Priority deadline: December 1
Secondary deadline: April 1
Note: Students who apply by the priority deadline will be given the highest priority for admissions and consideration for scholarships and assistantships.
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
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Required Major Courses (32 units)
Electives (minimum of 14 units)
Minor Courses - minimum 9 units (required minor units and examinations is dependent on the minor department requirements)
Dissertation (EPID 920, minimum 18 units)
Students will be required to defend their dissertation through a public presentation and oral examination with their committee.
Electives (minimum of 14 units; 9 of which must be in Epidemiology/Biostatistics with at least (3) BIOS units in a Biostastics course beyond BIOS 576B)
Note: maximum of 10 units of Independent Study/Research Credit (EPID 599, 699, 799, 900).
Some examples of electives include:
Qualifying Exam (QE)
All PhD Epidemiology students are required to take and pass the Qualifying Exam (commonly referred to as the “QE”) before they can proceed to work on the PhD Comprehensive Exam.
This exam is a closed-book, two-day, written examination, typically taken at the end of the first year in residence or completion of the basic epidemiology/biostatistics courses (EPID 573A, EPID 573B, BIOS 576A, BIOS 576B).
Epidemiology doctorate students must choose a minor other than Epidemiology. Some common examples of doctoral minors chosen include Biostatistics, Cancer Biology and Pharmaceutical Economics.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.
|Application Acceptance Rate||35.71%|
|Med. Time-to-degree (years)||4.50|
|Enrollment Percent Male||35.29%|
|Enrollment Percent Female||64.71%|
|Enrollment Percent International||11.76%|
|Enrollment Percent URM||32.35%|