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Are you looking for a doctoral program that:

  • Matches you with successful researchers who involve you as a co-investigator
  • Integrates training and research across clinical, laboratory, and quantitative disciplines
  • Emphasizes use of actual data from your research team in your course work.
  • Focuses on strong theoretical grounding and advanced quantitative methods
  • Offers a beautiful campus in a major U.S. health care hub

The Vanderbilt Ph.D. in Epidemiology could be the right program for you and your career.

The Ph.D. is a graduate program affiliated with the Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center, home to more than 127 researchers who are raising the bar for large-scale collaborative research. Our work ranges from DNA databank studies in our clinical populations to large population-based cohorts with data and biological samples from more than 250,000 participants. Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center faculty have more than 80 NIH awards totaling more than $82 million in current funding, with more than $228 million within the Epidemiology Ph.D. Program.

Strong candidates for epidemiology doctoral training at Vanderbilt will have:

  • A Master’s degree in a quantitative discipline (preferably epidemiology or biostatistics) or the equivalent
  • Experience in the conduct of research and independent data analysis
  • Work or research experience that informs their content area interest
  • Strong quantitative preparation and aptitude
  • Interest in application of advanced quantitative methods within a content area
  • Orientation towards an academic career
  • Competence in an accepted analytic software package (SAS, STATA or R).

If Vanderbilt’s Ph.D. program in epidemiology sounds like a good fit for you, we would like to talk with you more about what you are looking for and what we offer. Contact us at

Fall 2024 Applications are now closed. The Fall 2025 Application will open in August 2024.

MD/PhD Applicants

The Epidemiology doctoral program partners with the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) for those applicants interested in a combined MD/PhD pathway. Applications are submitted directly to the MD/PhD program via AMCAS. Visit MSTP Admissions for more information on program requirements and the application process.


Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Vanderbilt Epidemiology PhD program is intentional about and assumes accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, teaching faculty, and staff. We support our efforts with respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and unique attributes of every person. To bring to life our vision of inclusive excellence, we seek to recruit, admit, and support diverse and underrepresented groups of students. We value social justice, human rights, and health equity. We embrace the plurality of humanity that composes our community including, but not limited to, age, race, ethnic origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, political views, and religion. We affirm the inherent worth of each individual in order to protect, promote, and optimize the education of all people. As educators, we accept the responsibility to foster and graduate highly-educated, culturally-sensitive future faculty who mirror the diverse populations they serve.