Temple University

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

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PhD in Epidemiology Admissions

Our PhD in Epidemiology (45 credit hours) provides advanced training in epidemiologic and biologic methods. The program develops strong academic researchers in the field of epidemiology with a clear understanding of the patterns, causes, and effects of diseases in the population who are well-prepared to design, implement, analyze, and interpret research studies investigating key epidemiologic questions with the ultimate goal of improving overall population health.

Applying to this program

  • Deadline: January 2
  • SOPHAS: Required
  • Temple University Supplemental Application: Required
  • GPA: Required; 3.0 minimum
  • GRE: Required; 50th percentile or higher
  • TOEFL: Required; 79 iBT or 550 PBT minimum (international only)
  • College level transcripts: Required
  • References: Required; three, professional/academic letters of recommendation should be obtained from evaluators who can provide insight into the applicant's academic abilities and talents, as well as comment on the applicant's aptitude for doctoral-level study and research (recommendations from college/university faculty members are preferred)
  • Resume/CV: Required
  • Statement of Goals: Required; in no more than 750 words, describe important academic and research achievements and interests, and specify how your research interests relate to your ultimate career goals in the field of Epidemiology and to ongoing work by faculty members affiliated with the PhD in Epidemiology program. The match between faculty and student interests is important in the admissions decision. Be sure to articulate clearly the linkages among your training goals, the expertise of our faculty, and the training emphasis of the Ph.D. program. For a description of faculty interests, click here.
  • Interview: Not required
  • Additional Information: Writing sample required; scholarly articles, technical reports, or academic professional papers are preferred in which the applicant is the first author. Unless it is a published work, the writing sample should be no more than 10 pages.

Program Prerequisites 

  • Coursework Required for Admission Consideration: Applicants are expected to have completed coursework in Statistics, Research Methods, Epidemiology, and Data Analysis. Courses in Natural, Social, or Behavioral Sciences related to health are desirable.
  • Master's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: Nearly all students admitted to the PhD in Epidemiology program have a master’s degree. Although a master's degree specifically in epidemiology is not required, preference is given to applicants who have a background in epidemiology, statistics, and the health sciences, including behavioral medicine, environmental health, medicine, or a public health discipline.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A baccalaureate degree is required, although it need not be in public health. Preference is given to applicants who have a background in epidemiology, statistics, and the health sciences, including behavioral medicine, environmental health, medicine, or a public health discipline.

Other Information 

  • Advanced Standing: A student enrolled in the PhD in Epidemiology program may apply for advanced standing credits for graduate coursework graded "B" or better from an accredited institution. Credits for courses taken as part of a master's degree are considered; credits for thesis work, fieldwork, clinical practice, or directed projects/readings cannot be used for advanced standing credit. To be approved for advanced standing, the courses must be deemed appropriate as part of the student’s training in the PhD program. 
  • Test Waivers: Postdoctoral applicants who hold a terminal degree from an accredited US institution may request a waiver of the GRE