The program in Chronic Disease Epidemiology emphasizes the acquisition of skills in epidemiologic and biostatistical methods that can be applied to a variety of problems covering both descriptive and analytic epidemiology.
With the growth of biotechnology and medical research in the pharmaceutical industry, there is a high demand for well-trained graduates in Chronic Disease Epidemiology. This track provides intensive training in epidemiology and research methods, especially for science Ph.D.s or medical professionals. Applicants without a prior doctorate but with a strong background in a biological or social science are also eligible to apply for this degree.
The department is perhaps best known for its doctoral programs in the epidemiology of aging, cancer, perinatal diseases, genomics, and psychosocial disorders. However, students in the department often work on projects with other departments within YSPH, other departments in the School of Medicine, and other schools within the University. Thus there are numerous opportunities for creating an experientially rich doctoral program. Graduates from the department's doctoral program are found on the faculties of universities throughout the world, at the highest levels of federal and international research programs, in numerous private and public foundations and institutions, and in leadership positions at many multinational corporations.