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Epidemiology (PhD)

The PhD in Epidemiology prepares students for independent research-oriented careers in epidemiology. The program emphasizes rigorous, advanced epidemiologic methods and statistical techniques, which can be used to understand the distribution and determinants of health-related outcomes. Students in the program build expertise in the application of statistical computing software and statistical methods for large and complex data sets; in the proficient interpretation and presentation of results through publications and presentations; and in traditional and innovative study designs and appropriate data analyses.

To learn more about the PhD in Epidemiology, visit temple.edu.

Application Information

To apply for the Epidemiology PhD program, you must have a bachelor’s degree. Nearly all students admitted to the program have master’s degrees. Though a master’s degree specifically in epidemiology is not required, preference is given to applicants who have backgrounds in environmental health; epidemiology; the health sciences, including behavioral medicine; medicine; a public health discipline; or statistics.

Prerequisite courses: You will need to have completed coursework in data analysis, epidemiology, research methods and statistics. Coursework in behavioral, natural and social sciences will also help your chance of admission.

We recommend that students contact the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics to discuss their areas of interest and opportunities for mentored research before applying to the program.

Application Components

  1. Application: You will apply using SOPHAS Centralized Application Service. The documents required below will all be submitted through the SOPHAS system.
  2. Recommendations: Submit three letters of recommendation from evaluators, preferably university/college faculty who can give insight into your academic abilities and speak to your capacity for doctoral-level research and study.
  3. Goals statement: In 750 words or fewer, articulate your academic and research achievements and interests thus far. Detail how your engagement in epidemiology relates to your career goals and the work of faculty members associated with Temple’s PhD program. Aligning your interests with the work of faculty members plays a significant role in admissions decisions, so try to emphasize linkages wherever you can. View descriptions of faculty research interests.
  4. Writing sample: Submit a writing sample of no more than 10 pages unless it is a published work. The department prefers academic professional papers, scholarly articles and technical reports.
  5. GRE score: GRE scores are required. Official GRE scores should be sent to SOPHAS using code 0151. This requirement can be waived for student with a terminal degree from an accredited U.S. institution.
  6. A current résumé or CV must be submitted with your application.
  7. Official transcripts: All your undergraduate and graduate transcripts are required. Please mail all of your official transcripts to:
    • SOPHAS Transcript Processing Center
    • PO Box 9111
    • Watertown, MA 02471

Additional requirements for international students

  • TOEFL: For applicants whose native language is not English, the TOEFL is required with a minimum score of 79 on the iBT. These scores should be sent officially to SOPHAS using the SOPHAS-specific TOEFL code of: 5688.
  • A WES Evaluation (www.wes.org) is required for applicants who completed their degree outside of the United States. This can be requested and submitted through SOPHAS.

Application Deadline

Fall term: April 15