Frequently Asked Questions

I am interested in epidemiology, but which degree is best for me?

  • If you have a growing interest in epidemiologic research and strong quantitative skills, consider the MS degree. Graduates often work in analysis of health-related data and many choose to pursue a PhD in epidemiology.
  • If you are interested in applying epidemiologic principles to public health practice, the MPH degree may be the best choice for you.
  • If you already hold a master’s degree and would like to direct epidemiologic research, apply to the PhD program.

How can I use a PhD in epidemiology?

With a PhD degree in epidemiology, you will be prepared to work as a research scientist in state or federal governments, clinical settings or health-related industries. You could also teach and conduct research as a university-level faculty member. Learn more about how our alumni are using their degrees.

Do I need a master’s degree to be eligible for the PhD program?

Applicants to the PhD program are usually expected to hold a master’s degree. Exceptions may be considered if applicants are otherwise qualified.

How long does the PhD program take?

Typically, coursework is completed in three years of full-time work. Time to complete the dissertation varies depending on the nature of the research.

I already have a master’s degree. Can I transfer some of my credits?

Courses in a relevant master’s degree may be considered for transfer credit. Requests for transfer credit must be approved by the MS/PhD graduate director.

I have not yet taken the GREs. Can I submit the scores at a later date?

Yes. However, your application will not be reviewed until it is complete with all supporting documents, including GRE scores.