PhD in Epidemiology

Graduates are trained to develop and conduct epidemiologic research and to translate their findings to a diverse audience, including the biomedical research community, public health practitioners, health policymakers, and clinicians in the health professions, as well as to the general public.

The 90-credit hour Epidemiology PhD program can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis. Scholarships, traineeships, and pre-doctoral fellowships are available to full-time students of outstanding merit. Our PhD program promotes educational and scientific development through research collaborations, public health partnerships, and a commitment to diversity.

PhD students will work one-on-one with individual faculty members and may pursue topics of interest, capitalizing on faculty members’ research expertise and on-going projects. Key areas of research available to epidemiology doctoral students on the Indiana University Indianapolis campus include:

  • Cancer Epidemiology and Cancer Prevention
  • Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology
  • Clinical Epidemiology
  • Metabolic Disease Epidemiology
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • Injury Epidemiology
  • Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Public Health Informatics

Extensive research opportunities are available to our doctoral students across the IU Indianapolis academic health sciences campus. There is no other location in Indiana that offers such a diverse and rich environment for epidemiologic research.

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The epidemiology department is comprised of a renowned, award-winning and connected international faculty. Professor and department chair Jiali Han, PhD, has been the key investigator on multiple NIH-funded projects and has played a leading role in large national and international collaborative consortia on melanoma, non-melanoma skin cancer, and human pigmentation.

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The PhD in Epidemiology focuses on 10 core competencies that serve as a measure of growth and criteria for assessment.

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Learn what you must complete in order to be admitted to this degree program.

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Still have questions?

Our associate director of graduate affairs, Shawne Mathis, is available to meet with you virtually or in-person.

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