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The PhD program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics is a joint degree program offered by the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the College of Public Health. It is a dynamic doctoral program designed to prepare independent researchers for careers in population health data science. This is 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.

Graduates of this program are prepared for positions in the multidisciplinary work environments of academia, government, and industry. This doctoral program includes opportunities to engage in research teams, and offers an innovative and collaborative approach to cross-disciplinary training and mentoring with the intent of providing students with diverse exposure to emerging trends in public health and biomedical data.

"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

38 hours of required coursework

34 hours of core courses

2 year course cycles ensure availability of classes

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