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Concentration: Epidemiology (EPY)
Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health
Delivery: Traditional

Epidemiology, considered a fundamental science of public health, is the study of the distribution and determinants of disease and disability in populations. Epidemiology is historically rooted in the study of the causes of infectious diseases (epidemics); however, through industrial development and the demographic transition during the 20th century, epidemiology now encompasses the study of all types of health conditions.

The PhD degree is a terminal academic degree and represents outstanding academic achievement.  The doctoral concentration in Epidemiology is a research degree, centered on a major dissertation research project within a broad public health context. 

The PhD program is designed to educate persons to be independent researchers and public health professionals in academia, research institutes, government or industry.  While graduates sometimes seek additional training after graduation through postdoctoral fellowships, a graduate of the PhD program is prepared to be a faculty member of a graduate program in a university or in a position in a public health organization, multidisciplinary setting, government or industry. 

The PhD concentration in Epidemiology requires that applicants have a solid foundation of knowledge of concepts and skills of epidemiology, an understanding of public health concepts and the public health perspective, and the ability to read and understand reports of clinical and epidemiological studies.  However, it is anticipated that students may need additional training in one or more of these areas, depending upon their background before entering the program.  On average, the doctoral program requires four to five years for completion following the Master’s or other advanced degree.

Program of Study

You should complete your program of study electronically using Archivum at (See Archivum instructions)

Catalog Info and
Program of Study by Catalog Year:

2019/202018/192017/18 2016/172015/162014/152013/142012/132011/12

COPH Catalog

COPH Catalog

COPH Catalog

COPH Catalog

COPH Catalog

Note: You may choose a program of study that corresponds to the academic year of your admission or any year thereafter.  Please see the guidelines below.

 USF Guidelines on Choosing a Program of Study

The USF Tampa Graduate Catalog, including college and program requirements, and program and course descriptions, is available on the web at Each Catalog is published and in effect for the academic term(s) noted on the title page.

Student’s Program Degree Requirements

In order to graduate, students must meet all requirements specified in the USF Catalog of their choice, except as noted below. As the University is dynamic, changes and updates to the catalog are anticipated. In contract to major requirements, which are tied to a specific catalog, all students must comply with University policies and procedures that come into effect each catalog year.

  • Students cannot choose a USF Catalog published prior to admission (or readmission) or during an academic year in which they did not complete at least two terms. If a student is dropped from the system and must be reinstated, the student’s choice of Catalog is limited to the USF Catalog in effect at the time of readmission or any one Catalog published during their continuous re-enrollment.
  • If state law or certification requirements change, the student must comply with the most current standard or criteria.
  • If the College or Department makes fundamental changes to the program that necessitates changes in the degree requirements of enrolled students, the needs of those students will be explicitly addressed in the proposal for change and scrutinized by the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • USF policies and procedures not related to degree requirements such as academic grievance procedures, student conduct code and other procedural processes and definitions may be updated each year and the student will be held to the most current catalog and procedures available.
  • USF does not commit itself to offer all the courses, programs, and majors listed in this Catalog. If the student cannot meet all of the graduation requirements specified in the Catalog of choice as a result of decisions and changes made by the University, appropriate substitutions will be determined by the program to ensure that the student is not penalized.

Current Competencies (beginning fall 2017)

PhD Competencies
Epidemiology Competencies

 Previous Competencies

2011 - 2016 Competencies


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