Program Description

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree program in epidemiology prepares students to effectively conduct epidemiologic research, apply epidemiologic principles and methods to address public health problems, and teach the discipline to others. The major research focus of our faculty has been the epidemiology of chronic diseases linked to exposures such as tobacco use, air pollution, and diet. Studying the effects of diet on health and disease risk in populations is a particular strength of our program. The curriculum is designed to establish competence in classical and modern epidemiologic methods, to promote successful learning and application of emerging methods, and to prepare the graduate for successful interdisciplinary research collaboration with public health and medical professionals, nutritionists, biostatisticians, bioinformaticians, and biological scientists.

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Program Length

3 to 5 years (12 to 20 quarters)

Possible Careers

Epidemiologist, Researcher, Epidemiologist Investigator, Data Analyst, Professor

Application Deadlines

There are currently no published application deadlines.

Admissions Requirements

Master's degree in epidemiology or in a related field from a regionally accredited institution, transcripts from all universities attended, three letters of reference, official GRE scores (scores in the 40th percentile and above in each of the three sections is favorable), GPA of 3.5 or higher


Genetics or Molecular Biology

Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.

Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2022-2023

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Tuition $23,880 $27,860 $11,940 $7,960
Fees $2,865 $3,820 $3,820 $3,820
Books & Supplies $1,350 $1,200 $1,200 $200
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)
Total $28,095 $32,880 $16,960 $11,980


Expected costs for the 2022-2023 academic year are based on full time attendance. From year to year, increases are anticipated consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2022-2023, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Months enrolled 9 12 12 12
Room & Board $14,985 $19,980 $19,980 $19,980
Transportation $2,880 $3,840 $3,840 $3,840
Personal Expenses $2,250 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000


  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.

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