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Epidemiology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #4 (BCR) Berkeley, CA, United States
Epidemiology is concerned with the study of factors that determine the distribution of health and disease in human populations. The purposes of epidemiological research are to discover the causes of disease, to advance and evaluate methods of disease prevention, and to aid in planning and evaluating the effectiveness of public health programs.
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Epidemiologists are interested in the study of infectious and noninfectious diseases. In recent years they have turned their attention increasingly toward the study of conditions affected by forces in the social and physical environment.

Upon satisfactory completion of the PhD curriculum with a concentration in Epidemiology, graduates will be able to demonstrate the following competencies.

  • Independently identify study questions that will advance scientific knowledge about a topic of public health significance
  • Use appropriate statistical methods, including multivariate models to analyze data from epidemiologic studies using cross-sectional, case-control, or cohort designs
  •  Critically review scientific manuscripts and research proposals
  •  Independently design and implement studies addressing epidemiologic problems
  • Develop a research proposal that states a study question, presents a scientific and public health rationale for its significance and specifies a detailed methodology for carrying out an epidemiological study to answer the question
  • Design study management, data collection, and data management protocols
  • Communicate the results orally and in writing in such a way that non-epidemiologically trained practitioners or the general public can understand their applicability
  •  Present oral and written reports on such studies which satisfy the criteria for sound science

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The normative time in the PhD program in epidemiology is 4 years. In addition to the courses required for the master's degree in epidemiology, students identify a third area of scientific knowledge in which they will develop competence. Written and oral qualifying examinations as well as a dissertation are required for completion of the program.

Courses include: 

  • Public Health Aspects of Maternal/Child Nutrition 
  •  Impact Evaluation for Health Professionals 
  • Introduction to Multivariate Statistics 
  •  Longitudinal Data Analysis
  • Intervention Trial Design 
  •  Causal Inference I 
  •  Causal Inference II
  • Social Epidemiology 
  •  Methods in Social Epidemiology

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Application Requirements

  • At least a B (3.0) grade-point average or equivalent in work completed in the last two years of a bachelor’s degree program and in all post-baccalaureate course work.
  • All applicants are required to submit valid GRE scores.
  • Statement of Purpose and Personal History Statement
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation 
  • CV/Resume
  •  Transcripts

Work Experience

Common work experience for admitted applicants: Typical admitted applicants have work experience in quantitative analysis in a research setting. Many of them have co-authored articles published in medical or scientific journals. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33958 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16979 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    33958 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16979 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    18856 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9428 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Berkeley

  • 1750 - 2820 USD/month
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