Graduate Division

Epidemiology Ph.D.

Section 1

Overview

Epidemiology is the study of the frequency, distribution, and determinants of disease in human populations.  The faculty in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of California, Irvine has expertise in epidemiologic design and methods, biostatistics, and bioinformatics. Research in the Department largely focuses on the interplay of genetic, other molecular, environmental, and nutritional factors on human health and disease, with an emphasis on diseases such as aging, cardiovascular disease, cancers, dementia, diabetes, liver and blood diseases, and obesity. Our active research programs provide our students with many outstanding opportunities to participate actively in cutting-edge research. See the Department website for specifics on the latest projects.

What Sets Us Apart?

The Department of Epidemiology at UC Irvine ranks among the top epidemiology departments in the nation and is among the most respected academic units at UC Irvine. The evolution of our academic unit over the past 25 years has included the development of California's first cancer epidemiology program focused on a population-based cancer registry. This cancer registry has facilitated a steady growth of large cancer epidemiology research projects making UC Irvine a leader in this  field. As a result, the Department of Epidemiology has been successful in recruiting superb faculty members who are leaders in their respective research areas, as well as an exceptional group of graduate students who are partners with us in our research and teaching.

Quick Facts

Program Type

Doctoral Program

Normative Time to Degree

5 years

Capstone Type

Dissertation

Accordion Section

Admissions Requirements

For fall admission, the Department of Epidemiology Ph.D. program application materials and submission received deadline is December 8. Applicants should apply online. When completing your online application for graduate admissions, you will be asked to complete a section regarding “Degree Program” information.  Please follow the exact directions below to insure a successful application to the Epidemiology Ph.D. program:


School/Department:           

  • Choose  “School of Medicine” from the drop down menu

Major/Degree:                    

  • Choose  “Epidemiology Ph.D.”  from the drop down menu

Year and Quarter:              

  • Type in  “2018” and mark “Fall”

Specific Area of Interest:    

  • As examples only, you may type in "Cancer Epi, Environmental Epi , Biostatistics, Genetic Epi," etc.  Also, please specify UC Irvine faculty researcher(s) you've identified as having a similar research interest as you do.


Please read the helpful information provided to assure your completion of a competitive and successful application. It is important to view the Graduate Division Admissions website for important information. If you have any questions please contact Thomas H. Taylor, Ph.D., via email at thtaylor@uci.edu.

Please make sure you also review UC Irvine's application checklist.

Financial Support

The Department of Epidemiology works with our doctoral students to help them financially via a combination of funding sources including living expense stipends, fellowships, grants, teaching assistantships and research assistantships. After the faculty make a decision to admit, the department will include information in your admission letter detailing any financial support that is offered you by the Department of Epidemiology.

In addition, since housing costs in Southern California can be expensive, you will be offered on-campus housing at below market rental rates. Domestic students may also be eligible for subsidized student loans through the UC Irvine Financial Aid Office. Unfortunately, international students are not eligible for U.S. federally subsidized loans.

The Graduate Division at UC Irvine provides more information about funding.

Tuition & Fees

Graduate/Credential Student Fees 2018-19

  Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Spring 2019 Annual
Student Services Fee 376.00 376.00 376.00 1,128.00
Tuition 3,814.00 3,814.00 3,814.00 11,442.00
Assoc. Grad Students Fee 9.00 9.00 9.00 27.00
Student Center Fee 137.88 137.88 137.87 413.63
Bren Events Center Fee 23.00 23.00 23.00 69.00
Recreation Center Fee 88.00 88.00 88.00 264.00
eTech Fee * 60.00 60.00 60.00 180.00
Document Fee † 80.00 0.00 0.00 80.00
Student Health Insurance 1,348.00 1,347.00 1,347.00 4,042.00
Total California Resident $5,795.88 $5,794.88 $5,794.87 $17,385.63
Nonresident Supplemental Tuition 5,034.00 5,034.00 5,034.00 15,102.00
Total Nonresident $10,829.88 $10,828.88 $10,828.87 $32,487.63

Posted 10 August 2018 at http://reg.uci.edu/fees/2018-2019/graduate.html

The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.

The non-refundable eTech Fee is required of all students and is used to support the maintenance and improvement of existing education technology, and new services and capabilities. The eTech fee is listed separately as the charged amount varies based on the amount of undergraduate units the student is enrolled in and is assessed later in the term than the other fees listed. The fee is $4 per unit of undergraduate lecture course, up to a maximum amount of $60 (or 15 units) per quarter. It will be assessed after the third week of instruction. The $60 eTech Fee included on this chart reflects the maximum possible fee.

† The Document Fee provides lifetime access to official transcripts and academic verifications without a fee for in-person pickup or delivery by USPS. In addition, there is no fee for mailing the initial diploma. Effective Fall 2018, new undergraduate, professional, and graduate students are assessed the one-time document fee. Eligible students are able to use financial aid to cover the Document Fee.

Core Faculty

Dwight Culver, M.D. Stanford University, Health Sciences Clinical Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology


Hoda Anton Culver, Ph.D. University of St. Andrews, Professor of Medicine; Epidemiology


Ralph J. Delfino, M.D., Ph.D. McGill University, Professor in Residence of Epidemiology


Karen L. Edwards, Ph.D. University of Washington, Chair and Professor of Epidemiology; Genetic Epidemiology Research Institute; Program in Public Health


Rufus D. Edwards, Ph.D. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Professor of Program in Public Health; Environmental Health Sciences; Epidemiology


Deborah Goodman, Ph.D., M.D., M.P.H. University of California, Los Angeles, Associate Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology


Luohua Jiang, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology


Feng Liu Smith, Ph.D. Iowa State University, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology


Christine E. McLaren, Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University, Professor of Epidemiology


Trina Norden-Krichmar, Ph.D. The Scripps Research Institute, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology


Andrew O. Odegaard, Ph.D. University of Minnesota, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology


Hannah L. Park, Ph.D. Stanford University, Assistant Professor in Residence of Epidemiology


Argyrios Ziogas, Ph.D. University of Southern California, Associate Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology

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