Epidemiology Ph.D. Program

We are training critical thinkers who are prepared to make fundamental advances using rigorous and cutting-edge approaches to research.

Are you looking for a doctoral program that:

  • Matches you with successful researchers who involve you as a co-investigator
  • Integrates training and research across clinical, laboratory, and quantitative disciplines
  • Emphasizes use of actual data from your research team in your course work.
  • Focuses on strong theoretical grounding and advanced quantitative methods
  • Offers a beautiful campus in a major U.S. health care hub

The Vanderbilt Ph.D. in Epidemiology could be the right program for you and your career.

Epi students at work

The Ph.D. is a graduate program of The Epidemiology Ph.D. Program at Vanderbilt, home to more than 127 researchers who are raising the bar for large-scale collaborative research. Our work ranges from DNA databank studies in our clinical populations to large population-based cohorts with data and biological samples from more than 250,000 participants. Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center faculty have more than 80 NIH awards totaling more than $82 million in current funding, with more than $228 million within the Epidemiology Ph.D. Program.

Strong candidates for epidemiology doctoral training at Vanderbilt will have:

  • A Master’s degree in a quantitative discipline (preferably epidemiology or biostatistics)
  • Experience in the conduct of research and independent data analysis
  • Work or research experience that informs their content area interest
  • Strong quantitative preparation and aptitude, including high GRE scores
  • Interest in application of advanced quantitative methods within a content area
  • Orientation towards an academic career
  • Competence in an accepted analytic software package (SAS, STATA or R).

If Vanderbilt’s Ph.D. program in epidemiology sounds like a good fit for you, we would like to talk with you more about what you are looking for and what we offer. Contact us at epi.phd@vanderbilt.edu.