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. The following data can also be downloaded as a PDF here or viewed as a data visualization here. Find more information about CWRU's PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the other Degree Programs offered through the School of Graduate Studies

Enrollment Headcounts

  Fall 2017 Fall 2018 Fall 2019
Recipient Count (%) Count (%) Count (%)
Total 37 100% 33 100% 24 100%
       Domestic 21 57% 20 61% 17 71%
             URM 4 19% 6 30% 5 21%
       International 16 43% 13 39% 7 29%
    Male 15 41% 13 39% 11 46%
    Female 22 59% 20 61% 13 54%

Admissions

Recipient AY 2017 AY 2018 AY 2019
Applicants 38 46 25
Admits 5 5 8
Matriculants 4 5 5
Admit Rate 13% 11% 32%
Yield 80% 100% 63%

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 4.75 5.00 5.34
       Domestic 4.75 5.34 5.34
             URM 5.00 6.88 N/A
       International 4.34 4.75 5.67
    Male 4.58 5.17 5.17
    Female 4.75 5.0 5.75

Cohort Completions

by Academic Year of Entry

Recipient AY 1999-2003 AY 2004-08 AY 2009-13
Total Entering 46 59 42
    Retained 0 0 1
    Withdrawn 2 5 11
    Left w/ Master's 0 5 3
    Total Completed 44 49 27
            < 4 years 8 11 3
            4-5 19 13 8
            5-6 5 10 6
            6-7 5 4 6
            > 7 years 7 11 4

Cohort Completion Rates

by Academic Year of Entry

Recipient AY 1999-2003 AY 2004-08 AY 2009-13
All Recipients 95.7% 83.1% 64.3%
       Domestic 96.4% 78.4% 53.6%
             URM 75.0% 57.1% 20.0%
       International 100% 95.2% 85.7%
    Male 100% 83.3% 56.2%
    Female 91.3% 82.8% 69.2%

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.