Epidemiology and Biostatistics

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Doctor of Philosophy

About the Program

The mission of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics PhD Program is to prepare students to successfully solve the world’s most pressing health problems—from tackling pandemics and infectious diseases to decoding the genomics of Alzheimer’s. Through an integrated approach to training that draws from the population and quantitative health sciences, you’ll collaborate in cross-disciplinary studies and engage in research around health challenges—all while honing your grant writing and communication skills. Our accessible faculty serve as thoughtful mentors and can connect you to leaders in academia, industry, and public health across the country and around the world. Under their guidance, you’ll develop the skills you need to lead research addressing a wide range of issues in population-based health.

What to Expect

All first year, full-time PhD students receive a stipend, full tuition support and health insurance through the School of Medicine. During your first year, you’ll complete at least three lab rotations with program faculty and, through these experiences, connect with a research mentor who will support you throughout the remainder of the program. All financial support is contingent on maintaining good standing with the program, department and university.

To help you develop into the type of research leader we expect our graduates to become, you’ll take a common set of first- and second-year core courses that provides extensive exposure to the fields of global, population, public and community health; biostatistics; epidemiology; genomic epidemiology; and computational biology. If you’ve had prior graduate training, you may be eligible to start our program with advanced standing and your coursework will be adjusted accordingly. Such situations will be handled on a case-by-case basis, following discussion with the graduate program director.

A key component of our training program is to engage you in as many collaborative roles as possible, giving you opportunities to study multiple determinants of health risk and outcomes, including biological and non-biological (environmental) influences, and the variation and disparity in outcomes.

Our goal is to produce leaders of the next generation of interdisciplinary health scientists, who exemplify the best scholarship through both thought and deed.

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Beyond the Classroom

Through a combination of demanding didactic coursework and individualized training, you’ll cultivate a broad set of skills and competencies needed to assume positions of leadership in cutting-edge research while simultaneously developing in-depth expertise in your specific area of interest.

What’s more, you’ll master the rigorous scientific and analytic methods necessary to be at the forefront of efforts to not only describe, but also effectively evaluate and improve health. Exposure to industry-leading research will be facilitated by our department-wide seminars that include talks by world-renowned experts both off and on campus. As part of your training, you’ll participate in these seminars, as both a participant and a speaker—helping you develop the necessary communication skills expected of successful researchers.

By the Numbers


average cohort size

4.5-6 years

average time of completion


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Admissions Requirements

Graduates from accredited universities and colleges will be considered for admission to the department. All applicants must satisfy both Case Western Reserve and department requirements for graduate admission. 

When reviewing your profile for admission consideration, we require the following:

  • Completed online application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Official transcripts
  • Resume/CV
  • Non-refundable $50 application fee
  • TOEFL Scores (if applicable)

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