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2021-2022 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Apr 20, 2024
2021-2022 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Epidemiology, PhD

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The Epidemiology PhD program provides students with an advanced level of academic preparation to conduct research, teach, and mentor students.  This includes concentrated training in epidemiological concepts and methodology and the completion of a research-based dissertation.  Students may choose from a number of areas of research emphasis as they plan coursework with their faculty mentors, and prepare for dissertation collaboration with their mentors and faculty committee members.

Please note that the Epidemiology PhD can be adapted to have an applied focus. Through elective coursework, internship opportunities, and the dissertation, PhD candidates can obtain the essential skills required for public health practice.

Graduates are employed at federal governmental agencies including the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US Food and Drug Administration, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the Epidemic Intelligence Service, and the US Department of Health and Human Services, in addition to local and state departments of health, and  the consulting, insurance and pharmaceutical industries. 

Alumni are also leading research efforts at universities across the US and internationally, and inspiring students in the classroom as faculty instructors who are sharing their cutting-edge training, wealth of experience, and accomplishments with future public health leaders.

Pitt Public Health Requirements

Department of Epidemiology Requirements


Add electives as recommended by academic advisors to earn total credits required for the program.  All Pitt Public Health course descriptions may be found on the Department of Epidemiology  course offerings.

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