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PhD Epidemiology

The PhD in Epidemiology is offered by the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and University of Arizona. Epidemiology is the scientific discipline concerned with the causes and prevention of human disease.

Quick Facts

 
Full-time Duration: 2 years
Starting in: August
Tuition Fee: $10,063 per semester
Location: Tucson, United States

The Epidemiology program from University of Arizona 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.

Educational Opportunity

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.

Courses included:

  • Basic Principles of Epidemiology
  • Epidemiologic Methods
  • Advanced Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics in Public Health
  • Biostatistics for Research
  • Public Health Fundamentals for Researchers
  • Scientific Writing, Presentation and Bioethics
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • Chronic Disease Epidemiology

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“Choosing the Master’s program for Physiological Sciences at the University of Arizona was one of the best decisions I could have made in my education. Our department is warm and collaborative, offering an array of research topics and techniques underneath a vast and integrative umbrella of physiology. Beyond my research experience, I was presented with teaching opportunities, which I feel honed my skill of scientific communication. Having the dynamic research/teaching/class schedule not only kept me active but helped me reinforce material in multiple contexts. Overall, this program was exactly what I wanted in my segway into the medical sciences… and with my teaching assistantship paying for my tuition, how could I say no?”​

Andrew Wojtanowski // MS 2016