PhD in Epidemiology—Training in Cancer Epidemiology

A part of the epidemiology PhD program, the training program in cancer epidemiology prepares you for this rapidly changing field with advanced skills in epidemiologic methods and an integrated understanding of the biology of cancer.

Partnering UB’s Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health with researchers at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, the program provides tailored, hands-on opportunities to develop research skills in cancer epidemiology and control as well as in other cancer disciplines. You also gain an understanding of and experience in interdisciplinary research.

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Training Requirements

The training in cancer epidemiology requirements follow those of the PhD in epidemiology degree:

  • 72 credit hours of coursework
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimum grade of B in every required course
  • Completion of a comprehensive exam
  • Completion of a doctoral dissertation

View the Epidemiology and Environmental Health Graduate Student Handbook for more information about program requirements.


Our specialized curriculum emphasizes the integration of epidemiology with cancer biology and disciplines such as biostatistics, toxicology, geographic information science, nutrition and immunology.

Advanced Training Opportunities

In addition to coursework, training includes special seminars, research and collaboration with two primary mentors and interaction with other experts.

  • Cancer Prevention Grand Rounds: Mondays, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Gaylord Cary Meeting Room, Research Studies Center, Roswell Park.
  • Work in Progress Group: EEH and Roswell Park cancer epidemiology researchers present new hypotheses, ongoing research and manuscripts in development. You may participate, along with other students, faculty and postdoctoral fellows, by posing questions and offering suggestions.
  • EEH Journal Club: Meet with faculty to discuss a published manuscript. Discussions focus on one topic area such as women’s health or early life exposures.
  • Roswell Park Epidemiology Journal Club: Meet with faculty to discuss published research in cancer epidemiology, focusing on epidemiologic methods and cancer biology papers.


Fellowships funded by an NCI T32 training grant are available for qualified EEH PhD students focused on cancer epidemiology. Fellows receive a stipend and funds for tuition, as well as some funding to present research at scientific meetings. Applications to the training program are generally made during the first year in the doctoral program.

Learn more about UB’s cancer epidemiology fellowships by contacting Jo Freudenheim at or Terri Raimondo at or (716) 829-5363.