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Prospective Students

PhD in Epidemiology

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health doctoral program in Epidemiology! The Epidemiology PhD program was designed to develop scholars who will carry out original research that will contribute to the understanding of the occurrence of illness and injury, including investigations of the etiology, prevention, and control of disease and injury. Epidemiologists are the basic scientists in public health who collect and provide the information upon which population-based health surveillance and preparedness are founded. Ultimately, our graduates will contribute to improving public health, promoting individual well-being, and eliminating health disparities across Indiana and around the world.

Our campus and community partnerships with epidemiologists and other medical professionals provide doctoral students with a rich environment for collaborative research. We have a long standing relationship with the Indiana University School of Medicine which has a distinguished reputation both nationally and internationally. In addition, the Department of Epidemiology has developed many linkages with government agencies engaged in public health work, as well as a comprehensive array of local, state, and national organizations with interests in improving health. Finally, we are pleased with the access to resources provided by our industry partners. Our PhD students have the opportunity to interact with these partners during their training to identify mentors who will support their training and professional development.

We designed the Epidemiology PhD program to meet the needs of both full-time and part-time students. Many of our part-time students are currently working in epidemiology positions in various settings and contribute to a very rich learning environment for their student colleagues. In addition, the wide array of areas of our faculty members’ special expertise will enable our PhD students to tailor their course work, research and other experiences to meet their particular career needs and interests.

Currently we have full-time faculty members in the Department of Epidemiology, in addition to jointly appointed faculty members in other schools on the IUPUI campus, from the Eli Lilly Corporation, and from state and local health departments. More information about the faculty in the Department of Epidemiology can be found here.

We would like you to know that we are here for you, our current and future students! We welcome your questions and comments about the PhD program in Epidemiology. Please contact us for more information at, or e-mail me directly at

Yiqing Song MD, ScD
Director, Epidemiology Doctoral Program