Epidemiology and Biostatistics PhD Program Characteristics and Outcomes

As a member of the Coalition for Next Generation Life Science, Case Western Reserve University publishes statistics annually for PhD programs in the life sciences. Find more information about CWRU's PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the other Degree Programs offered through the School of Graduate Studies.

Updated August 2021

Enrollment Headcounts

  Fall 2018 Fall 2019 Fall 2020 *COVID
Recipient Count (%) Count (%) Count (%)
Total 33 100% 24 100% 26 100%
       Domestic 20 61% 17 71% 17 65%
             URM 6 30% 5 21% 4 15%
       International 13 39% 7 29% 9 35%
Male 13 39% 11 46% 15 58%
Female 20 61% 13 54% 11 42%

Admissions

Recipient AY 2018 AY 2019 AY 2020 *COVID
Applicants 46 25 44
Admits 5 8 9
Matriculants 5 5 6
Admit Rate 11% 32% 20%
Yield 100% 63% 67%

Degree Recipients

by Academic Year of Conferral

Recipient AY 2004-08 AY 2009-13 AY 2014-18
Total 51 44 25
       Domestic 27 29 15
             URM 3 4 0
       International 24 15 10
Male 26 22 10
Female 25 22 15

Median Time to Degree for Recipients

by Academic Year of Conferral

Recipient AY 2004-08 AY 2009-13 AY 2014-18
Total 4.8 5.0 5.3
       Domestic 4.8 5.3 5.3
             URM 5.0 6.9 -
       International 4.3 4.8 5.7
Male 4.6 5.2 5.2
Female 4.8 5.0 5.8

Cohort Completions

by Academic Year of Entry

Recipient AY 12004-08 AY 2009-13 AY 2013-15
Total Entering 59 42 50
    Retained 0 1 4
    Withdrawn 5 11 27
    Left w/ Master's 5 3 2
Total Completed 49 27 17
    Graduated in less than 4 yrs 11 3 3
    4 yrs to less than 5 yrs 13 8 6
    5 yrs to less than 6 yrs 10 6 6
    6 yrs to less than 7 yrs 4 6 2
    7 yrs or more 11 4 0

Cohort Completion Rates

by Academic Year of Entry

Recipient AY 1999-2003 AY 2004-08 AY 2009-13
All Recipients (graduation rate) 83% 64% 34%
       Domestic 78% 54% 71%
             URM 57% 20% 6%
       International 95% 86% 29%
Male 83% 56% 38%
Female 83% 69% 31%

Notes

  • Underrepresented Minorities (URM) includes individuals who self-identify with one or more of the following: African American/Black; Hispanic/Latino/a; Multiracial, Native American/Alaska Native, and Pacific Islander
  • Time to degree for recipients is the elapsed time between entering a graduate program and degree conferral date and includes any leaves of absence.
  • AY (Academic Year) begins in Summer and includes Fall and Spring.