What will I learn?

Epidemiology focuses on understanding the determinants and prevention of disease, on the role of environmental factors in health and disease and how the administration of health programs can help implement this understanding. We offer academic programs and research opportunities to help you understand disease causes, preventions and the best way to implement this knowledge to improve public health.

Earn the highest degree in epidemiology with our research-intensive PhD program.

You will learn to design, conduct, analyze, interpret and discuss original, independent epidemiologic research.

In addition to courses in epidemiology and biostatistics, you can study biology, medicine, oncology and geography. The primary emphasis is on advanced courses in various specialty fields such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, women’s health, genetic, environmental, molecular and nutritional epidemiology. The balance of coursework is tailored to your interests and is planned in consultation with your faculty advisor.

Training in Cancer Epidemiology

Within the PhD program, we offer a multidisciplinary training program in cancer epidemiology to focus your education in this critical area of study and research. Learn more about the training in cancer epidemiology within the PhD program.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of our PhD program, you will be prepared for research positions in academia, government, clinical settings or industry; for teaching at the university level; and for positions conducting epidemiologic research to prevent or control disease.

Which department am I in?

School of Public Health and Health Professions

Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
US$22,650.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

31 August 2020


South Campus

Main Street and Kenmore Ave,


New York,

14214, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree (or higher) or the equivalent from an accredited/government recognized college or university. Most such degrees will be four or more years in length; UB recognizes some three-year degrees, but not all; A B-grade (GPA of 3.0) or higher from your bachelor's degree (or equivalent) courses. Grade point averages from non-U.S. universities will be evaluated by UB's Office of International Admissions.

For international students

All students are evaluated based on all of the submitted materials. Students who are close to any of these cutoffs will be considered in the context of all of their accomplishments.

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; master’s degree preferred
  • GPA of 3.0
  • GRE scores in the 50th percentile for each category
  • TOEFL score of 90.

Completion of a college-level algebra or calculus course (with a minimum grade of C)
Completed coursework in the following subjects is highly recommended:

  • Biology
  • Health-related science (anatomy, microbiology, or physiology)
  • Chemistry
  • Behavioral sciences, including a course in sociology or social psychology, and a course in anthropology, psychology, political science or economics

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About this uni

With New York City and Canada not far away, Buffalo is a brilliant base from which to explore the delights of North America.

  • 13:1 student faculty ratio.
  • 94% of recent UB graduates are in graduate school or employed.
  • World-renowned research centers.
  • Over 300 student clubs as well as competitive sports teams.