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Research Precepting

Students in the Vanderbilt Ph.D. Program in Epidemiology will be matched shortly after acceptance with research preceptor teams. These established multidisciplinary teams include epidemiology faculty, clinical experts and clinical researchers, biostatisticians, and experienced research staff. The research preceptor team commits to involving the student as a co-investigator from the beginning of the student´s graduate studies. The goal is to create a mutually beneficial partnership that produces synergy between education, professional development, and the conduct of research. Top applicants will have a virtual interview during which they will meet with research teams. Both students and research teams will then have the opportunity to rank whom they feel would be the best match(es). The student will work with the team 15-20 hours per week during the academic year and full-time during the summer. Student will work full time with their research team post-comprehensive exam, with time provided to write the dissertation. The student will receive a stipend as compensation for this work.

Research areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Cancer Epidemiology
  • Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes Epidemiology
  • Genetic Epidemiology
  • Global Health
  • Healthcare Epidemiology and Outcomes Research
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology
  • Reproductive Epidemiology
  • Respiratory Epidemiology