Ph.D. in Public Health Concentration

Use scientific research to improve community health

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Solve public health challenges

With the Oregon State University public health doctoral degree program with a concentration in epidemiology (EPI) you’ll learn to design, conduct and manage research to become an independent and collaborative researcher.

Through a combination of coursework, practice opportunities and doctoral research, the Ph.D. concentration in epidemiology will prepare you for a career in research and teaching, or leadership in federal or state agencies or private institutions.

Epidemiology research

As a doctoral student, you will collaborate with epidemiological experts who study how a variety of factors affect human health, including:

  • Climate change
  • Complex chronic disease management
  • Disease prevention and management
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Foodborne outbreaks
  • Healthy aging
  • HIV
  • Maternity care
  • Pollutants at work, at home and in the environment

Meet epidemiology faculty members.

Research in action

Epidemiologist Jeff Bethel co-leads study of a lifetime

Learn how college faculty are using their expertise to track COVID-19 prevalence.

Your experience as a public health doctoral student

See which courses you’ll take as a public health doctoral student.
Public health handbook

What you’ll learn in the epidemiology concentration.
Learning competencies

Get information about assistantships, your investment and more.
Fellowships and awards. Tuition and funding.

Add the epidemiology graduate minor

The epidemiology graduate minor is intended for doctoral students who seek additional formal training and mentoring in epidemiology.


Doctoral student research spotlight

Kendra D. Sims, MPH
Epidemiology Ph.D. student

Kendra researches social and clinical risk factors of disability. Applying predictive modeling methodologies, she investigates quantifying health disparities in later life.

Meet epidemiology doctoral students.

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We’re happy to connect with you by email, phone or virtual meetings.


For questions about the application process and requirements, contact CPHHS graduate admissions.


For academic or professional information specific to the epidemiology doctoral program, please contact the program director Jeff Bethel, Ph.D.


In 2014, our college was accredited by the Council for Education in Public Health – the first in Oregon. This distinction provides our students with more resources, more opportunities to engage in research, and faculty experts who specialize in a variety of public health topics.