Doctoral Degree (PhD) in Epidemiology

Earn the highest degree in epidemiology with our research-intensive PhD program.

You will learn to design, conduct, analyze, interpret and discuss original, independent epidemiologic research.

In addition to courses in epidemiology and biostatistics, you can study biology, medicine, oncology and geography. The primary emphasis is on advanced courses in various specialty fields such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, women’s health, genetic, environmental, molecular and nutritional epidemiology. The balance of coursework is tailored to your interests and is planned in consultation with your faculty advisor.

Training in Cancer Epidemiology

Within the PhD program, we offer a multidisciplinary training program in cancer epidemiology to focus your education in this critical area of study and research. Learn more about the training in cancer epidemiology within the PhD program.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of our PhD program, you will be prepared for research positions in academia, government, clinical settings or industry; for teaching at the university level; and for positions conducting epidemiologic research to prevent or control disease.

Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD Collaborative Program)

Through our integrated Medical Scientist Training Program, you can earn both an MD and a PhD in seven to eight years. This program is offered in collaboration with faculty and researchers in several clinical primary care departments in UB’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Learn more about the MD/PhD collaborative program.