Preparation for a Research Career

The PhD program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics is a dynamic doctoral program designed to prepare independent researchers for careers in population health data science. Our unique interdisciplinary program offers coursework and experiential training in the application of methodological theory and concepts to address the practical challenges of conducting population-based, clinical and translational research.  Our students are poised for positions in the multidisciplinary work environments of academia, government, and industry.

Trainees are encouraged to engage in research teams across campus including projects in the Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Gill Heart Institute, Markey Cancer Center, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center, and Center for Research on Violence Against Women. Building on research collaborations, this program is unique in the collaborative approach to cross-disciplinary training and mentoring, providing students with diverse exposures to emerging data trends in public health and biomedical research.

Students with an earned master’s degree, commitment to public health science, and evidence of quantitative training are encouraged to apply. For more information about the program, program requirements, and application process, please visit the application page.


Contact information:

Director of Graduate Studies
Heather Bush, PhD 

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Why choose the PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics?

"Pursuing a dual doctoral degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UK College of Public Health has enhanced my skillset, helped me develop professionally, and helped me achieve solid outcomes that will benefit my research career."

- Radmila Choate, Epidemiology and Biostatistics doctoral candidate


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Next Steps

Ready to learn more about the PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics?


Read the graduate handbook.


Review available courses.


See Student Learning Outcomes and Competencies.