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Dr. Steve Browning

Director of Graduate Studies

College of Public Health

College of Public Health

  • Ph.D
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The PhD program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Kentucky is intended to prepare professionals for a career in conducting population-based research and clinical trials. This is a unique program which strongly emphasizes the acquisition of applied skills in the complementary fields of epidemiology and biostatistics, as well as the theoretical foundations of these disciplines. Graduates of this program will be prepared to address the practical challenges of conducting population-based and clinical, translational research in the multidisciplinary work environments of academia, government, and industry. The essentially strong cross-training and mentoring nature of the program is intended to develop independent researchers who will be skilled in designing and conducting studies as well as analyzing, and interpreting the results from an increasing variety of designs and databases in the public health and medical research domains.

Doctoral Program

The target audience for this program will include students with an appropriate prior bachelor’s or master’s degree (in biostatistics, epidemiology, statistics, health services research, mathematical sciences, or a related field) with prior mathematical training to include two semesters of calculus (univariate differential and integral) and statistical methods. Practicing health care professionals (MDs, DMDs, PharmDs, etc.) who are interested in pursuing independent, doctoral level, research careers will be targeted for the program. Master’s graduates from psychology, computer science, engineering, business, biology, or chemistry may also find this degree program attractive.

Doctoral (PhD) Degree - Application Requirements

Epidemiology & Biostatistics Doctoral (PhD) Degree - Application Requirements
CV Upload Required No
CV Instructions N/A
Personal Statement Upload Required Yes
Personal Statement Instructions Describe career and dissertation research interests, along with qualifications for study in this program. Please include an explicit statement in the statement of purpose of how the differential and integral calculus prerequisite has been met or will be met. Ordinarily, we expect grades of 'B' or better in two undergraduate calculus courses. However, we will consider applications from students who have had one undergraduate calculus course if a second course will be taken in the Summer semester preceding the fall semester in which the applicant hopes to begin graduate work. In this case, an acceptance decision may be contingent upon satisfactory completion of the second course in the Summer semester. Please also state whether a research assistant position is desired. Identify relevant qualifications, skills, and/or prior experience. Please note, we cannot guarantee that all accepted students who want research assistantships will be offered them.
Writing Sample Upload Required No
Writing Sample Instructions N/A
Assistantship App Available* Yes
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Additional Docs Instructions N/A
GRE Subject Test N/A
Spring App Deadline Applications not accepted.
Summer App Deadline Applications not accepted.
Fall App Deadline February 1

*Optional - you may upload a blank document, if you do not intend to apply for assistance.

Program requirements may change at any time. Contact the DGS of your intended program to confirm requirements.

Admission Officer Contact Information

Maureen Barker

201D Gillis Building


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Dr. Steve Browning

Director of Graduate Studies

College of Public Health

College of Public Health

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