IMPH is home to 67 master’s students and 46 doctoral students.


A bachelor’s degree in a related field or similar discipline is required for admission to graduate programs. General university requirements for admissions are available on the Graduate School website. Specific details and application deadlines for each program are listed on their respective websites. The application process is managed through the Graduate School.

View a complete list of our courses and their descriptions here.

We offer graduate degree programs in the following disciplines: 

Biomedical Informatics (PhD, MS)

Biomedical informatics at Vanderbilt trains future leaders through a foundation of principles and theory, mentored scientific research, and large-scale development and implementation. The interdisciplinary field is grounded in the principles of computer science, information science, cognitive science, social science, and engineering, as well as the clinical and basic biological sciences. Funding is available through a National Library of Medicine Training Grant and Department of Veterans Affairs’ Post Doctoral Fellowship in Medical Informatics & Quality Improvement.

Biostatistics (PhD, MS)

The Biostatistics graduate program emphasizes modern statistical thought and features the foundations of statistical inference, a topic of critical importance. The program aims to strike a balance between theoretical rigor, methodological proficiency, and functional aptitude. There is a strong emphasis on reproducible, validated research and how to achieve this from a statistical perspective.

Epidemiology (PhD)

Epidemiology at Vanderbilt emphasizes training in advanced quantitative methods with strong roots in logic and causal inference. We engage students immediately as active collaborators in multidiciplinary research teams, focus on analysis of observational data, and encourage scholarly productivity throughout training. The Ph.D. is based in The Institute for Medicine and Public Health with more than 127 researchers here who excel in large-scale collaborative research with basic and applied scientists worldwide focused on protecting and improving human health.


The Vanderbilt Master of Public Health (MPH) Program is a two-year interdisciplinary program offered through the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

Since 1996, the program has been training future public health professionals and research scientists to be leaders and innovators dedicated to improving public health in a program environment rich in learning, discovery, and service.

We offer three tracks:  Epidemiology ,  Global Health , and  Health Policy.