Epidemiology is scientific, systematic, data-driven, and a rewarding academic path for public health professionals who aspire to do research, teach, or lead a health or health-related agency where research is an important function. 

UMass Amherst’s PhD in epidemiology will provide you with the skills and knowledge to move forward. In addition to providing extensive training in epidemiologic methods and biostatistics, our program allows you to develop a minor that serves as a foundation for your dissertation research. The minor area may be content- or methods-related in areas such as human reproduction, genetics, health disparities, nutrition, cancer, and environmental epidemiology. You’ll apply our pioneering use of multimodality methods in your research.

Students in the PhD degree program can expect to take two years for coursework and one to two additional years for completion of the dissertation.