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PhD Epidemiology

The Epidemiology Ph.D. program at Portland State University offers exceptional opportunities to engage in research and teaching activities necessary for leadership roles.

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Full-time Duration: TBA
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: $683 per credit
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)

Through the doctoral dissertation process, you will gain research competency by leading a body of independent epidemiologic research from initial design through submission for publication. Our current and recent Epidemiology Ph.D. candidates at Portland State University have pursued investigations related to economic policy, maternal and child health, obesity prevention and treatment, infectious disease modeling, hearing loss among military veterans, antibiotic stewardship, health impacts of insurance policies, and economic segregation, among other pressing and timely issues.

To develop your skills as an educator, you will serve at least one term as a teaching assistant for a core Epidemiology course under the guidance of a faculty member.

What can I do with a doctorate in Epidemiology?

Graduates of our Epidemiology Ph.D. program have an exemplary record of job placement. You will be highly qualified for university faculty positions and scientific leadership roles in government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private-sector health systems.

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Students graduating from this track will be able to

  • Apply population-based concepts of epidemiology and risk determination to the assessment of health problems.
  • Apply evidence-based knowledge of health determinants to public health issues.
  • Apply and interpret a variety of statistical methods commonly used in medical and public health research.
  • Propose and test a research hypothesis.