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PhD in Epidemiology

In this program, you'll gain advanced skills in analytical methods, biostatistics, and field research methods. In addition, you’ll learn about grant writing and research ethics and have the opportunity to select a minor course of study. Our department has a strong base of funded research projects providing students with many opportunities for research support and data for dissertation projects. Our faculty are studying everything from food safety, to diabetes, to gene-environment interactions, which means you can find the mentor who’s right for you.

Quick facts, careers, and skills

When you leave this program, you’ll be able to rigorously investigate the genetic, behavioral, environmental, and physiological factors that underlie complex human diseases and effective preventive measures.

Quick facts

Program location: CU Anschutz
Credit hours: 68
Est. time to complete: 5-7 years

Sample careers

Staff scientist
Principal investigator
& more

Skills you'll gain

Grant writing
Study design
Data analysis and interpretation
& more


In this program, you’ll take courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, research methods, analytical methods, and research ethics. You'll also complete a dissertation based on work completed under the supervision of one of our world-class researchers.

Total credits: 68


IdentifierCompetenciesCourse Where Competency is Addressed/Assessed
PHD-EPID 1‚ÄčTransform scientific questions into study aims with testable hypotheses, a research protocol with appropriate data collection methods and an analysis plan.

EPID 7632

EPID 7605

EPID 7912

PHD-EPID 2Synthesize a body of evidence, while critically evaluating methodologic quality of individual studies to identify areas of need for future investigation.

EPID 7632

EPID 7912

PHD-EPID 3Create research proposals to answer a research or public health question using a variety of data sources; considering limitations, study design and analytic solutions.

EPID 7632

EPID 7605

EPID 7912

PHD-EPID 4Develop statistical models appropriate to specific study designs, distinguishing between predictive, associative, and causality-based analytic approaches.EPID 7632
PHD-EPID 5Demonstrate mastery of a substantive area of research including knowledge and application of that knowledge in conducting original research.EPID 7912
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