School of Public Health

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

2015 PhD Graduates Biraj Karmacharya and Archana Shrestha at SPH CommencementDeepen your knowledge of epidemiologic methods and principles through a rigorous academic curriculum coupled with research skill development by working alongside renowned faculty and a talented and diverse student body. Graduates of our PhD program have found success improving public health through research in positions in academia, research institutes, government, and industry.

Program Outline
The 90-credit-hour program (60 with relevant master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution*) is typically finished in four to five years, depending on the time required to complete your dissertation. In addition to the completion and defense of a dissertation, the program is comprised of a series of required courses, electives, a Preliminary Examination, and a written and oral General Examination. Our PhD program is designed to provide you with competency in a wide variety of areas that will prepare you for a career in epidemiologic research.

To learn about the details of the PhD program, look at our Epi PhD Student Handbook.

The Department attracts students nationally and internationally and welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. Students with one of these academic backgrounds are eligible to apply.

  1. Master’s degree (earned prior to beginning the PhD). No specific discipline is required, though the most competitive applicants typically have a strong background in health sciences, biologic sciences, or quantitative sciences.
  2. Current UW Medical Students are eligible to apply for a concurrent PhD in Epidemiology.


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