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Epidemiology PhD Training Program

Epidemiology is the study and analysis of patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease conditions in defined populations, and the application of this knowledge to control disease. 

In the Epidemiology PhD Training Program at NYU School of Medicine’s Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, you receive mentoring and training in the theory and methods of epidemiology, including study design, measurement, and causal inference, to examine the distribution and determinants of health in human populations. 

Our faculty’s expertise spans the spectrum from molecular epidemiology to the study of social determinants of health. Our interdisciplinary and translational research focuses on a wide range of health issues, emphasizing environmental and behavioral epidemiology, genetics, and the human microbiome. 

As a PhD candidate, you can participate in ongoing municipal, national, and international studies that focus on many topics, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and other major chronic illnesses.

Applicants to the Epidemiology PhD Training Program often have a master’s degree in a related field or at least two years of relevant research experience. Many have completed previous coursework in population health sciences or biology. Learn more about admission to Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences.


In addition to courses taken by all PhD candidates at Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, epidemiology students may take the following courses: 

Introduction to Epidemiology
Epidemiology Methods
Advanced Epidemiology Methods
Epidemiology of Cancer
Molecular Epidemiology
Critical Thinking in Epidemiology
Advanced Regression Modeling
Statistical Methods for Clinical and Translational Research
Epidemiology Seminar and Journal Club

Learn more about our PhD training program and mentoring faculty

Contact Us

For more information about epidemiology training, email Lorna Thorpe, PhD, MPH, program director, at lorna.thorpe@nyulangone.org, or Yu Chen, PhD, MPH, graduate advisor, at yu.chen@nyulangone.org.

For more information about graduate programs at Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, email sackler-info@nyulangone.org.

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