Epidemiology - PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology combines advanced knowledge needed to quantify the relationship between exposure and disease along with developing interventions that reduce risk to public health.

At Ohio State, our students become experts in their fields. They have numerous opportunities to develop as research professionals and engage in unique research that makes improvements to the field of public health. They participate in observational studies to identify the causes of disease and intervention studies designed to reduce risk.


Learn more about the Public Health PhD

Get answers to your questions about Ohio State’s PhD in Public Health. Sign up for an upcoming information session and learn how you can become a Public Health Buckeye.

Seven health science colleges

Ohio State is one of the only institutions in the United States that has colleges for all seven health sciences on one campus, elevating the possibilities for unique research and partnerships that can improve community health.

A curriculum to match your interests

The Epidemiology faculty are consistently reviewing the curriculum with the latest in the field. Some of the newest coursework tackle the epidemiology of psychiatry, injury, obesity, nutrition and cancer.

Research expertise

Global health

Sexual and reproductive health

Cancer epidemiology

Infectious disease

Tobacco control


Psychiatric epidemiology

Childhood obesity

Cerebrovascular disease


Explore faculty interests


Student spotlights

College of Public Health student Angie Hetrick

Using epidemiology to counter death and sickness from preventable disease

Spurred by a Peace Corps experience, Angie Hetrick pursues an epidemiological research agenda at Ohio State on substance use and infectious diseases to improve care.

Mahmood Alalwan, PhD student

PhD researcher explores tobacco cessation counseling in Saudi Arabia

PhD student Mahmood Alalwan is developing a training program for respiratory therapists in Saudi Arabia, with funding from the Alumni Grants and Graduate Research and Scholarship program.

Andreas outside Cunz Hall on Ohio State's Columbus campus

PhD student explores link between tobacco use, health care access

Andreas Teferra found Ohio State a great fit for his research interests in tobacco use and regulation. Its diverse student body, access to abundant resources and location in a vibrant, multicultural city were icing on the cake.


Funding opportunities

Ohio State offers paid research, teaching and administrative assistantships as well as competitive fellowships and other grant opportunities. Learn more about how financial support is awarded to graduate students.

Graduate funding


Prepare your application

Dec. 1

Priority deadline

Feb. 1

Regular deadline

We have a list of recommendations for you to use as you prepare your application to the PhD program. Remember, to be considered for funding, you must submit your application to SOPHAS before the December 1 priory deadline.

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