Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Graduate Studies


The PhD in Epidemiology program trains individuals in epidemiological research methods and its applications to public health. It prepares individuals to become independent researchers and to obtain skills for successful careers as epidemiologists. It provides advanced education for students seeking a professional career in medical and health-related research. It also serves physicians and other persons who have attained professional degrees and are seeking to integrate epidemiological research and methods into their ongoing careers.

As a research-focused degree, students are trained to approach health problems to generate consequential research questions and use the most appropriate epidemiologic methods to address them. The methodologically rigorous training comprises both formal classroom education and guided research with faculty mentors.

Students have unique opportunities to conduct collaborative research with clinical departments and research centers within the Miller School of Medicine. Interdisciplinary research opportunities also exist with nearby healthcare settings.

Key Areas of Research

  • Behavioral Epidemiology
  • Cancer Epidemiology
  • Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • Diabetes and Obesity
  • Health Disparities
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Occupational Disease
  • Substance Abuse

Miami’s diversity of language, culture, perspective, and people captured my interest. The faculty’s passion and dedication to diversity and disparity research made me realize that UM was the right fit for me. The community I have been welcomed into at UM has been the most rewarding experience thus far. It is incredibly inspiring and humbling to be surrounded by such passionate, hardworking and impressive individuals from a variety of backgrounds.

Ariana Johnson