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Liu, Hongjie, Full Member


Carter-Pokras, Olivia, Full Member

Lee, Mei-Ling, Full Member

Associate Professor

He, Xin, Full Member

Lee, Sunmin, Full Member

Assistant Professor

Dallal, Cher, Full Member

Nguyen, Quynh, Full Member

Penniman, Typhanye, Full Member

Slopen, Natalie, Full Member

Zhang, Jing, Full Member

Associate Research Professor

Saksvig, Brit, Adjunct Member

Research Assistant Professor

Cruz-Cano, Raul, Adjunct Member

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Epidemiology (EPID)   

Program Title and Classification


Graduate Degree Program

College: Public Health


The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics offers a Ph.D. program in Epidemiology. Students in the PhD program in Epidemiology master core knowledge in epidemiologic and biostatistical methods related to the design, implementation and evaluation of public health studies surrounding psychosocial, behavioral, biological, and cultural factors. Students may work with their advisor to design their own research specialization or they may apply to one of our two specializations: 1) Social Epidemiology or 2) Environmental Epidemiology.


Our students have full access to faculty who will guide you through all phases of the program to ensure your educational goals are met. Our Washington, DC area location provides unparalleled opportunities for research experiences in public health, including placements at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (e.g., National Institutes of Health, National Center for Health Statistics), Children’s National Medical Center, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and many other national, state, and local health agencies.

Admissions Information

Applications should be submitted through the Schools of Public Health Application Service, SOPHAS at The 2015-2016 application cycle opens in SOPHAS in September and all application documents must be submitted via SOPHAS. Remember to designate the University of Maryland School of Public Health, College Park, as one of your school choices along with your desired program. 


The University of Maryland requires a Supplemental Application and a Supplemental Application Fee of $75 for each program. Applicants will receive e-mail instructions for how to complete the Supplemental Application once your SOPHAS application is complete. The doctoral program in Epidemiology accepts only full-time students.


Applications for the doctoral program in Epidemiology are reviewed with consideration to the following criteria:

  1. Master’s Degree (MPH, MHS, MA, MS)
  2. Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  3. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  4. Official GRE scores taken within the past 5 years (GRE scores are required and should be requested directly from ETS for electronic transmission to SOPHAS.Use the SPH code 0485 and the Graduate School Code 5814). Scores should be at minimum in the 50th percentile for each section.
  5. 3 letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s academic capabilities and probability of success in graduate school
  6. Statement of Purpose: the statement of purpose should address each of the following questions:
    1. describe your specific areas of interest within epidemiology;
    2. which primary faculty members in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics do you think most closely share your areas of interest;
    3. what previous experiences have influenced your decision to pursue a degree in epidemiology;
    4. how do you believe UMD’s program will help you reach your career goals; and
    5. how do you see yourself using this degree in the five years following graduation?
  7. Relevant academic/work experience, including previous coursework in human biology or physiology, demonstration of proficiency in statistical methods and statistical software, and research presentation or publication experience.


Applicants are strongly recommended to communicate with the epidemiology faculty member in their area(s) of interest before applying. Applicants should also be sure to use the major code EPID when selecting the program on the Supplemental Application.


Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant FallSpring
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
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International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
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Degree Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Core Requirements

The PhD in Epidemiology requires a minimum of 64 credits beyond the master’s degree in epidemiology or public health, including 12 credits of EPIB 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research. Students are also required to complete a minimum of 12 credits in a specialization cognate area, included in the 64 credit total.

Core courses:

EPIB 612: Epidemiologic Study Design (3 credits)

EPIB 620: Chronic Disease Epidemiology (3 credits) or EPIB 621: Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3 credits)

EPIB 641: Public Health and Research Ethics (1 credit)

EPIB 652: Categorical Data Analysis (3 credits)

EPIB 653: Applied Survival Data Analysis (3 credits) or EPIB 655: Longitudinal Data Analysis (3 credits)

EPIB 710: Epidemiologic Research Methods (3 credits)

EPIB 660: Epidemiologic Methods for Primary Research (3 credits)

EPIB 788: Critical Readings in Epidemiology and Biostatistics (3 credits)

EPIB 740A: Advanced Methods in Epidemiology (3 credits)

EPIB 740B: Advanced Methods in Epidemiology (3 credits)

Independent Study (3 credits)


The PhD in Epidemiology requires a minimum of 64 credit hours beyond the master’s degree in epidemiology or public health, including 12 credit hours of dissertation research. If an entering student does not have an MPH degree prior to entering the program they will have to complete 21 additional credits for these fundamental courses. Students entering the program with a master’s degree in a field other than epidemiology are required to take MPH courses in epidemiology and biostatistics to gain competency in these content and method areas. A minimum of 12 credit hours in a specialization cognate area (e.g. Social Epidemiology) is required for specialization (included in the 64 credits).


Students admitted to the Ph.D. program advance to candidacy upon completing required coursework and passing a written comprehensive examination with an oral defense. After advancement to candidacy, students must complete a dissertation proposal and oral defense, followed by successful completion of the doctoral dissertation and oral defense.


Area of Specialization. Student may design their own area of specialization in the program or select from two designated specializations; social epidemiology or environmental epidemiology.


Social Epidemiology: Students in the Social Epidemiology specialization master core knowledge in social and behavioral epidemiologic methods including the design, implementation and evaluation of studies and interventions focused on understanding psychosocial, behavioral, cultural, and community factors. Students also receive training in biostatistical methods most relevant to epidemiologic research.


Environmental Epidemiology: The Environmental Epidemiology specialization is a cross-disciplinary program between the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health. Students will gain training and experience in state of the art methods for examining the human health impacts of environmental exposures from air, water, food and the built environment. The concentration also provides knowledge and skills in the application of environmental epidemiology to occupational health, community health, risk assessment, environmental justice, health disparities, and global health.


Facilities and Special Resources

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics faculty includes individuals with multi-faceted interests in both epidemiology and biostatistics. Our faculty have research interests and expertise in the epidemiology of infectious disease and chronic disease with particular focus in the areas of HIV/STIs, cancer, health disparities, cardiovascular disease, obesity/physical activity, and sexual and reproductive health. Additional areas of specialization include social and behavioral determinants of health, aging, cultural competency, and community-based interventions. Biostatistics faculty apply statistical techniques including survival and longitudinal analysis, computational statistics, statistical analysis of genomic and proteomic data, machine learning, neuroimaging statistics, (network) meta-analysis, missing data analysis, Bayesian hierarchical methods, and bioinformatics to analyze and interpret health data.

Financial Assistance

The Department offers a limited number of fellowships, and graduate teaching and research assistantships.



Director of Graduate Studies, Brit I. Saksvig, PhD

Department of Epidemiology and BiostatisticsSchool of Public Health2234 School of Public Health Bldg.(#255)

University of MarylandCollege Park

MD, 20742

Telephone: 301-405-2491


Associated Information




Behavioral and Community Health (BCHL)

Biostatistics (BIOS)

Environmental Health Sciences (MIEH)

Epidemiology (EPDM)

Health Administration (HLSA)

Maternal and Child Health (MCHS)

Toxicology (TOXI)