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As a graduate student in the Department of Epidemiology, you will learn the fundamental principles and methods used to study the distribution and determinants of disease in human populations. Besides course work, you will work directly with the faculty to apply your epidemiologic knowledge and hone your research skills.

Our research expertise includes diabetes, obesity and other metabolic diseases, cardiovascular disease, cancer, aging and cognition, as well as the environmental, social, dietary and genetic determinants of health and health disparities. Department faculty members address these and other topics in their research labs and as part of their classroom teaching.

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PhD program in Epidemiology »

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The Department of Epidemiology within the UCI School of Medicine offers a course of study and academic research leading to a PhD degree in epidemiology.

Purpose: Our PhD degree program offers a sound foundation in epidemiologic and biostatistics methods, derived from both coursework and practical experience.  Applicants to the PhD program are selected, in part, on the basis of common interests with faculty. Thus our PhD students become apprentice members of research teams involved with current, cutting-edge, studies. To earn the PhD degree, students must complete required coursework and demonstrate evolving research potential and abilities culminating in a public defense of a research-based dissertation.

Time to degree: Nominal time to the PhD degree is four to five academic years of full-time study.

Workload: Students must carry at least 12 course credits in each academic quarter. In the first year, these credits come largely from required courses. In later years, students increasingly arrange for directed or independent-study credits with faculty members who have similar interests. There is ample opportunity to take elective courses to enrich academic knowledge and training.

Admission criteria: Applicants must meet the basic requirements of the UCI Graduate Division. While the Department of Epidemiology has no additional requirements, admission to our PhD program is competitive. Applicantts with master’s degrees are preferred, as are those whose interests clearly correspond to strengths of the department.

Funding: The department makes every effort to cover academic fees and supply a modest stipend by several means, including teaching and research assistantships. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for fellowships.

Application process and deadline: The application is filed electronically on the UCI Graduate Division website. Applications to the epidemiology PhD program must be complete by Dec. 8, 2018, to start in the following fall quarter.

Career paths: Our PhD graduates have gone on to positions in government, NGOs, academia and private industry.

Questions? Please contact Thomas H. Taylor, PhD, at EpiGrad@uci.edu or 949-824-6903.

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If you are interested in pursuing a PhD in epidemiology as a part of the UCI Medical Scientist Program (MSTP), learn more about the MSTP program ›

MS program in Epidemiology  »

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The Department of Epidemiology also offers a course of study and academic research leading to a master's of Science (MS) degree in epidemiology. 

Purpose: Our MS degree program offers a sound foundation in epidemiologic methods, biostatistics, and allows flexibility in selecting elective courses to meet the needs and interests of each student. To earn the MS degree, students must complete the required coursework and demonstrate competence in the form of a research based thesis project.

Time to degree: Our MS program is two academic years (6 quarters) of full-time study.

Workload: A minimum of 72 course credits over two years (6 quarters). In addition to required courses, students take elective courses to provide breadth and depth to their academic training.

Admission criteria: Applicants must meet the basic requirements of the UCI Graduate Division. While the epidemiology department has no additional requirements, admission into our program is competitive.

Funding: MS students are usually self-funded.

Application process and deadline: The application is filed electronically via the UCI Graduate Division website. Applications for the MS program must be complete by Dec. 8 to start in the following fall quarter. 

Career paths: Our MS graduates have gone on to positions in government, academia and private industry. Some have gone on to medical school or a PhD program. 

Questions? Please contact Thomas H. Taylor, PhD, at EpiGrad@uci.edu or 949-824-6903.

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Thank you for your interest in the UCI School of Medicine's Department of Epidemiology. We look forward to receiving your application. 

  

For more information on graduate student education and services at UCI, please browse the Graduate Division website.