Epi PhD Admissions

The Epidemiology (Epi) Doctoral Program is designed for students who want to conduct original research in epidemiology and become productive, independent investigators. Graduates will be well-prepared for careers in academia, consulting, healthcare, and translational research, with extensive knowledge of sophisticated scientific theories and rigorous epidemiologic research methods.

The Epi Doctoral Program focuses on urban health, health disparities, and community involvement in health promotion, and offers concentrations in epidemiology, environmental health, and biostatistics. Students work closely with faculty mentors in such research areas as aging, cardiovascular disease, sickle cell disease, epigenetics, pediatric obesity, cancer survivorship, and global health, to identify major public health problems and promote evidence-based public health interventions and policies to prevent disease and improve quality of life.

A master's degree is required for admission. Applicants must demonstrate potential for further study by having maintained an average GPA of 3.0 or higher in their master's level coursework, and a competitive score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Other professional school standardized test scores (MCAT, DAT, GMAT or LSAT) may be substituted for the GRE by applicants who are working toward or who have already earned post-baccalaureate degree in medicine, dentistry, management or law.

Application materials will be reviewed by the faculty admissions committee. Admissions decisions are based on the overall quality of the applicant's scholarship and academic abilities as demonstrated by GPA, standardized test score(s), undergraduate and graduate completed coursework, research experience and recommendation letters, as well as alignment of the applicant's research interests and career goals with those of the program.

Consideration is given to the following in determining admissions to a professional degree program:
• Average grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a four-point scale for master's level coursework
• A recent (within 5 years) GRE total score (verbal, quantitative and analytical writing combined)
• Applicants already holding a doctoral degree or professional equivalent obtained in the US may be exempt from the GRE requirement; other standardized test scores (MCAT, DAT, GMAT, or LSAT) may be substituted for the GRE by applicants who are working toward or have completed a post-baccalaureate degree
• Three letters of recommendation
• Applicant's written statement of purpose (750-1000 words) of interests and career goals
• Applicants whose native language is not English are expected to have a score of 96 or higher on the Test for English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

application deadline

Rolling admission
Priority consideration for applications received by February 1

financial assistance

A limited number of graduate assistantships (GA) are available for students admitted to the program full-time.  The GA includes tuition waivers during the 9-month academic year and a monthly stipend in exchange for working 20 hours per week on projects with a faculty mentor. The Epi PhD program provides three years of GA support, contingent upon satisfactory student progress through the academic program and work performance.

Questions about the Epi PhD Program?

Xinhua Yu, MD, PhD, MS, Associate Professor and Coordinator
Epidemiology Doctoral Program
901.678.3433
xyu2@memphis.edu