2021-2022 Admission Requirements for the Graduate Major in Epidemiology
College description: The Department of Epidemiology is home to a number of exciting projects, including the UCLA/Fogarty International HIV/AIDS Training Program, the NCI-Cancer Training Program, and the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund Inter-school Training Program in Metabolic Diseases. The Department has active research programs in cancer, molecular/genetic, environmental and occupational epidemiology, neurodegeneration and aging-related diseases, diabetes, infectious diseases and research methodology.
All applicants are expected to submit the departmental application through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS] and a statement of purpose.
MS: Applicants who hold a prior M.P.H. or doctoral degree (e.g., M.D., D.D.S., D.V.M., Ph.D. or equivalent), or those applicants whose ultimate degree objective is the Ph.D. degree receive priority consideration. The M.S. degree may be earned as part of the process of completing requirements for the Ph.D.
Ph.D.: Approval by the department admissions committee, an academic adviser, and the department chair are required. Prior experience in the health sciences or in a related field is strongly encouraged. MPH and MS students are equally eligible to apply.
Application deadline is December 1
GRE scores are recommended but not required
College description: Students receive either an MS or PhD degree from the Graduate Division of the Berkeley campus. The group is within the academic jurisdiction of the Graduate Council and is administratively located in the Division of Epidemiology. In order to advance to candidacy for the PhD degree after passing oral qualifying examination, a dissertation topic must be chosen, a dissertation committee appointed, and a detailed written prospectus outlining the thesis research to be conducted must be submitted and approved by the dissertation committee.
The School of Public Health’s minimum graduate admission requirements are as follows:
1. a bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution;
2. a satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum B average (3.0) or equivalent (focused on work completed in the last two years of a bachelor’s degree program and in all post-baccalaureate coursework)
3. enough undergraduate training to do graduate work in your chosen area of study
4. evidence of English Language Proficiency (only for applicants from countries/regions in which the official language is not English)
Submission of official GRE test scores is optional but recommended. In lieu of official GRE scores, applicants are welcome to submit expired GRE score reports or MCAT, DAT, OAT, GMAT and LSAT scores. If you choose not to submit standardized test scores (which is not required), it is recommended that you highlight relevant coursework (math/statistics, public health, science, etc.) and professional experience (research, data analysis, etc.) in your Statement of Purpose admissions essay. You are also encouraged to submit a relevant writing sample (ex: article, publication, senior capstone project).
Doctoral Program in Epidemiology Translational Science
Students must meet the following qualifications to apply:
1. A bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA
2. A prior master’s degree in a field relevant to health research, such as epidemiology, public health, clinical research or a related technical field such as statistics or computer science with at least a 3.0 GPA
3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Submission of GRE scores is not required.
PhD in Epidemiology
College description: Epidemiology course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of research in clinical epidemiolgy. It covers definitions of epidemiology measures of disease frequency measures of effect and association epidemiologic study designs, including randomized clinical trials, cohort and case-control studies, cross-sectional surveys, meta-analysis and decision analysis and an of the conduct and analysis of epidemiologic studies. Students enrolling in this class are expected to have a working knowledge of epidemiology, biostatistics, and human genetics.
All applicants to the doctoral program must hold an undergraduate or first graduate degree from an accredited institution. The department suggest, but do not require, that you hold a Masters or have completed equivalent graduate coursework to apply. Prior collegiate or graduate coursework should include calculus, and coursework in statistics is encouraged.
For applicants with only undergraduate degrees, we strongly advise some amount of applicable work and/or research experience in a relevant area such as epidemiology, clinical sciences, or a public health-related field. Although this is not a formal requirement for admission, successful applicants will usually have completed at least 2-3 years of work or research in these areas before joining the program.
Applicants should be committed to careers in epidemiologic research. It is expected that only applicants with outstanding academic records will be accepted into the program.
A complete application consists of personal statement, research statement, resume/cv, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and standardized test scores.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE): No longer required.
Epidemiology Graduate Program
College description: EpidemiologyApplyFind a ProgramMaster of Science Degree (MS). MPH With Master Of Arts In International Studies (MAIS). MS With PhD in Molecular And Cellular Biology (MCB). The MS General Track offers in-depth training in epidemiologic methods for students preparing to pursue a research focused career.
The GRE has been permanently eliminated from admissions for all Department of Epidemiology (Epi) graduate programs.
A list of the materials needed for an application, along with descriptions, is below.
1. Unofficial transcripts from previous colleges and universities: Upload scanned copies directly into the application in pdf format. Please be sure they include a clear indication of the college/university from which they come.
2. CV or Resume (upload in pdf format): Include detailed descriptions of your health-related positions and responsibilities. Provide all relevant education and experience including: undergraduate and graduate research, health-related volunteer work, publications, manuscripts and posters, scholarly presentations and awards, certifications, and computer skills.
3. Statement of Purpose (1-2 pages in length uploaded in pdf format): The Statement of Purpose provides faculty reviewers essential information about your background, research interests, possible career path, and your writing skills. It is your opportunity to convey how your unique combination of personal, academic and professional influences led you to pursue graduate study in epidemiology, and how those influences may have impacted your chosen area/s of interest within the field of epidemiology.
4. Personal History Statement (brief, prompted responses uploaded in pdf format): The University of Washington Department of Epidemiology is committed to enhancing the intellectual and social enrichment of the University community and to preparing our students to become leaders, innovators, and responsible community, state, and global citizens.The Department actively seeks and welcomes students with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.
5. 3 Recommendations: Include exactly 3 letters of recommendation from people familiar with your academic or related professional endeavors and your potential for achieving your academic and professional goals. All of your recommenders should hold advanced degrees.
6. English Proficiency: Applicants whose native language is not English must meet the Graduate School requirement for English proficiency. Please click the link to review all possibilities for fulfilling this requirement. The Department of Epidemiology accepts either TOEFL or IELTS test scores. In addition to submitting official score results, self-reporting scores directly in the online application is required.
College description: Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states or events (including disease), and the application of this study to the control of diseases and other health problems (World Health Organization). 100% of our PhD graduates have found a job or a postdoctoral position immediately after graduating from our program. All students who are admitted to our PhD program are fully funded for four years, including a tuition waiver and stipend.
The admission requiremens incudes the following:
1. Bachelor’s or equivalent degree from a regionally accredited institution. A master’s degree is preferred, but not required, for applicants to the PhD program.
2. Minimum 3.0 GPA for the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework
3. International students: one of the below English proficiency examinations. Minimum scores acceptable for admission are: TOEFL iBT: 80; TOEFL pBT: 550; IELTS: 6
The department do not require the GRE or other standardized tests. International students must submit scores from an English proficiency examination.
Brown UniversityRanked 16 in Best National University.
College description: The mission of the Epidemiology Concentration is to prepare students for professions aimed at reducing disease burden and disparities through a strong background in epidemiology methods. Epidemiology Concentration Specific Competencies write an original research paper based on an epidemiologic research question formulated to help fill the gaps in a given substantive area; evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of study designs commonly used in epidemiologic research for answering epidemiologic research questions; use causal diagrams to identify threats to study validity and approaches to minimize such threats.
Application in SOPHAS, which includes:
1. GRE General and Subject: Not required
2. Letters of Recommendation (3)
3. Official Transcripts
4. Personal Statement
6. Application Fee
UA Chemical Engineering Degree
College description: The Master of Science in Epidemiology is offered by the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The Master of Science degree in Epidemiology is designed for individuals who wish to pursue training in epidemiological research. It is anticipated that graduates will occupy positions as research administrators, program managers, analysts, and evaluators in universities, health departments, governmental agencies, and similar organizations. Students have the option of either a general MS degree in Epidemiology or a specialization in clinical epidemiology.
MS and PhD in Epidemiology Admissions Criteria:
1. Bachelor's degree required for MS applicants
2. Master's degree in Epidemiology or similar field required for PhD applicants
3. GPA of 3.2 or higher
4. GRE scores are waived for admissions
5. At least one year of biological sciences
6. At least one year of college level mathematics (algebra and above)
7. Calculus and statistics are highly recommended, although not required
8. Three letters of recommendation
9. Resume or CV
10. Statement of Purpose and Objectives
11. Research Statement
12. Mission and values statement
13. Resilience statement (optional)
14. TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for international applicants
Tufts UniversityRanked 27 in Best National University.
Nutrition Epidemiology and Data Science
College description: The Nutrition Epidemiology and Data Science Program combines traditional academic course work with practical training, so that students acquire an in-depth knowledge in general nutrition, nutritional biochemistry and physiology, biostatistics, and epidemiology. Students develop an understanding of design and conduct epidemiologic research studies, and gain hands-on experience in essential techniques in data analysis and presentation. Students take most of their academic courses at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy although additional courses in advanced epidemiology and statistics are available by cross-registration at Boston University and at the Harvard School of Public Health. The curriculum includes core courses in the areas of nutrition, biochemistry, biostatistics, and epidemiology.
The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy has permanently removed the GRE as a requirement, as part of the commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applicants to the Ph.D. program are strongly encouraged to submit GRE scores as they can be helpful in the Admissions Committee’s assessment of readiness for doctoral study. Read more about this new change in admissions policy and what it means for your application to the school. For students taking the GRE who seek to refresh their verbal and quantitative skills, self-study materials and sample questions are available from the Educational Testing Service. Students whose native language is not English must meet TOEFL or IELTS requirements.
MPH or PhD in Epidemiology
College description: Division of Epidemiology Education Programs, Research Programs, and Administration:One Capitol Square, 8th floor830 E. The Master of Public Health Program prepares students committed to public health careers in either the public, private, or non-profit sectors. For full-time students, average time to degree completion is two academic years.
Applications are in two stages: a primary application through the SOPHAS website and a secondary, supplemental application to VCU Graduate Admissions (the secondary application requires a $70 fee to VCU). Both applications must be received for an applicant to be considered by the Admissions Committee. Once an applicant submits the SOPHAS application, VCU will send instructions on how to complete the secondary supplemental application.
Students must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited, four-year institution. Recommended is undergraduate study that includes courses in the biological science and statistics/biostatistics. While these are not absolutely required, applicants who have taken such courses and performed well in them (i.e., grade of B or higher) will likely be more competitive than applicants who lack this background. One or more courses in research methods or epidemiology is also beneficial, as is experience with applications used for data analysis such as SPSS, SAS, STATA, etc.
The GRE is not required for admission to the MPH Program.