Degrees Offered

Master of Public Health

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.


Master of Science

Much of clinical and translational research today depends on knowledge of epidemiology and biostatistics including study design, population sampling, identifying and reducing sources of bias, advanced biostatistical methods (regression analyses, survival analyses, risk prediction/prognostication) along with other methods widely used in clinical research (systematic literature reviews, meta-analyses, clinical trials, genetic epidemiology).  The MS program provides intensive training in epidemiology and research methods for scientists and health care professionals who seek to conduct epidemiology/clinical epidemiology research. The program is particularly well-suited for clinical fellows or junior faculty, who often fund their program through a K award.  While this program is designed for individuals with a doctoral-level degree in a field related to health (e.g., MD, DVM, DDS, or Ph.D in the biological, behavioral, or social sciences), exceptional applicants without a prior doctorate but with a strong background in a biological or social science are also eligible to apply.   Applicants should have one year of coursework in statistics or the equivalent prior to enrolling in this program; this requirement may be met through a Yale School of Public Health intensive biostatistics course taken during the summer before enrollment. This degree can be completed in one year of intensive full-time study, or for working professionals, a more flexible timeline can be arranged.


Doctor of Philosophy

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.