Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Epidemiology

Students develop research and teaching skills in epidemiology through coursework, doctoral research, practice opportunities, and preliminary doctoral examinations.

General Information

Minimum Credit Hours

37.5 Graduate School requires minimum of 4 semesters of full-time residency credit.

Expected Duration

4-6 yrs

Learning Environment

Residential

Dual Degree Options Available

No

Application Cycle

Fall Spring rarely, pending department approval. See application details page for more info.

Application Deadline 1

December 11, 2018 Spring rarely, pending department approval. See application details page for more info.

Applicant Information

Who Should Apply

Persons planning a career as a principal investigator who will assume leadership roles in research and teaching projects and research teams.

Enrolled Student Demographics

  • Total Enrollment 1620
  • Female 72%, Male 28%
  • Underrepresented Minority Students 16.3%
  • International 11%

Program Costs & Funding

Admissions Information

Prior Degree Required

Relevant master's or professional degree. Students who have not earned a relevant master's or professional degree may still be admitted to the doctoral program; however, these students are required to complete the Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) in the Department of Epidemiology before beginning doctoral coursework.

Required Prerequisites

Strong quantitative and biological preparation.

Standardized Test(s) Accepted

GRE No substitutions. Waived only for applicants who have a prior doctoral degree from a U.S. institution. Standardized test scores are one of many factors we consider in making admissions decisions.

Standardized Test(s) Scores

Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary education and graduate education (including community colleges, summer sessions and extension programs) are required to be uploaded in the application.

Letters of Recommendation Required

3 (academic and/or professional)

Faculty-Student Match Required

Not required

Interviews Required

Interviews are not required. However, they can be helpful to the admissions committee if you're in the area. Contact us to schedule a visit.

Work Experience Required

Preferred Competitive applicants have prior relevant work experience that supports a research focus.

Visit Opportunities

Learn about opportunities to come to UNC Gillings to meet faculty, staff, and current students. If you are unable to come to campus – don’t worry – our representatives attend a variety of recruitment events around the United States as well as host virtual fairs and webinars.

During the Program

Required Courses

For a detailed description of all the requirements for this degree program please click here for the Student Handbook.

Comprehensive Exam Type(s)

Written doctoral qualifying exam, oral exam on dissertation proposal required, final oral defense of dissertation

Capstone, Thesis or Dissertation

Dissertation (EPID 994 Doctoral Dissertation, 6 credits minimum)

Practicum, Internships & Fieldwork

Two research practicum experiences in the practical conduct of studies, as determined with advisor (may not be waived)

Global Options Available

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health strives to integrate global content and approaches across the School’s courses, programs and degrees. We believe that every student should emerge from our School with an understanding of global health issues. Some courses are focused largely on global issues, others are designed so that global and local issues are intertwined and some still are evolving. Learn more about these options.

Many enrolled students will have the opportunity to pursue our graduate global health certificate, while others may choose global health courses, internships or independent study with global focus.

After the Program

Employment Opportunities

Faculty position in a school of public health or medical school; principal investigator for research facility (for ex. government, Industry, NGO)

Example Job Responsibilities

Academic research

  1. Complete online application
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    • Application Deadline: December 11, 2018
    • Fee: 90.00
    • Step Link

    (The Graduate School Application is a common application system for UNC-Chapel Hill programs.)

    1. IMPORTANT NOTE(S):

      See program details in GPS for requirements such as prequisites, prior degree, work experience, any test score waivers, as well as a tuition estimate and program overview.

      • All UNC Gillings applications for graduate-level programs fall under the purview of the UNC Graduate School. Accordingly, you will apply to UNC Gillings via the Graduate School Application, and UNC Gillings programs will make admissions recommendations to the UNC Graduate School for final approval.
        Once a recommendation is finalized, you will receive notice via email from the UNC Graduate School. Throughout the process, most of your questions can be answered by your program contact.
      • NOTE: To be considered for UNC Graduate School scholarships, apply before priority deadline.

    2. Faculty interest(s)/mentor(s)

      • We do not require that you list faculty who support your application. Such information is not considered in the admissions process. You are also not required to list faculty with whom you'd like to work, but this information can be helpful to the admissions committee.
    3. Applicant information,  including North Carolina residency information.

    4. Area(s) of interest

      • Select up to two (2) areas of interest from the dropdown.
    5. Educational history

      • Please upload a copy of your most recent transcript(s), including your current term grades, if applicable. (If grades are not yet available, send them to the UNC Gillings program contact as soon as they become available.) Be sure the transcript reflects the name of the institution and any degrees you received.
      • We advise that you order two copies of your transcript(s) to be sent to you.
        • If you are admitted and choose to enroll, UNC will require official transcript(s) showing degree(s) awarded.
    6. Community standards

      You will be asked about honor code, crime, academic sanction, military discharge, etc.

    7. Upload your personal statement.

      • All applicants should write an essay of 1000 words or less. The essay is a critical piece of the admissions process. We will evaluate both the content of the essay and your writing skills in considering your application. Applicants should include any additional information about their interests, prior background or special circumstances which may be helpful to the Admissions Committee in evaluation of the application. In this essay, please address the following questions:
        • What is it about epidemiology that appeals to you?
        • What have you done to prepare yourself for training in epidemiology?
        • How will you use your training in epidemiology?
        • What area(s) within epidemiology do you wish to emphasize and why?
    8. Upload your resume or CV.

    9. Enter names of recommenders. UNC will then send them an email with instructions for submitting a letter on your behalf. We encourage references from professors or teachers (or teaching assistants) or work/research supervisors who have worked directly and closely with you and who can speak about you with specificity.

        • 3 (academic and/or professional)
    10. Report test scores to UNC via the Graduate School Application

      • GRE code 5816. TOEFL/IELTS information above. GRE test scores must be official, no more than 5 years old and reported directly by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). See our program details page for information regarding test scores.
    11. Document submission (check legibility of uploads)

    12. Pay the Graduate School application fee.

    13. Track your progress.

      • You will be able to track status through the Graduate School application. Once a decision is made, you will receive an email instructing login to the Graduate School application portal to see the decision letter.
  2. FYI: costs and funding (separate from the admissions process)
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    1. Check out our Costs and Funding page.

    2. Note priority deadline to be eligible for UNC Graduate School scholarships and fellowships. Departments will decide which applicants to nominate. No additional application required.

    3. Apply for FEDERAL financial aid by March 1, 2018 (please verify this date via FAFSA) via FAFSA. If you've been admitted and completed the FAFSA form by their deadline, the UNC Office of Scholarships and Student Aid will create a financial aid package for you.

    4. Department funding

      • Our department contacts incoming students regarding funding opportunities.
      • We consider all applicants for funding.
      • See Epidemiology's funding opportunities webpage.

  3. FYI: application review process
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    1. SPH application review:

    2. UNC Graduate School application review and final decision:

      • The UNC Graduate School reviews all admissions recommendations made by programs. Once final decisions have been made, the Graduate School will send you an email instructing login to the Graduate School application portal to see the decision letter.
      • Most recommendations are sent to the Graduate School by March 1.
    3. NOTE: Financial aid is separate from the admissions process. For more information, please refer to our School's Costs and Funding page and/or UNC-Chapel Hill's Office of Scholarships and Student Aid (OSSA) website.

The Gillings Program Search is a tool for exploring academic programs at the School. It is a prospectus for the current year to be used in consultation with an academic adviser and does not constitute the complete degree or program requirements for graduation or program completion.

Department:
Epidemiology
Credit Hours:
37.5
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