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Doctor of Philosophy

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Associate professor Andrew DeWan and doctoral student Yasmmyn Salinas isolate DNA from saliva samples collected from subjects recruited as part of the FAstGen study which is attempting to identify rare genetic variants segregating with asthma within families.

The department is perhaps best known for its doctoral programs in the epidemiology of cancer, aging, lifecourse epidemiology (including perinatal and pediatric epidemiology), genomics, HIV/AIDS and social determinants of health. However, students in the department often work on projects with other departments within YSPH, other departments in the School of Medicine, and other schools within the University. Thus there are numerous opportunities for creating an experientially rich doctoral program. Graduates from the department's doctoral program are found on the faculties of universities throughout the world, at the highest levels of federal and international research programs, and in numerous private and public foundations, institutions, and industries.

Students in Chronic Disease Epidemiology use primarily quantitative research methods to identify the causes of chronic disease in populations, including lifestyle factors and genomics, and evaluate the impact of chronic disease at a population level including consideration of various treatment approaches to improve outcomes and reduce costs. In consultation with the faculty advisor, the student chooses among doctoral-level courses offered by the department as well as among courses offered by the medical school or by other Yale professional or graduate schools. Students often take an advanced seminar in their specialty area and present their work in this collegial forum. All candidates must become proficient in statistical analysis, research methods, and the application of epidemiology to the field in which they have special interest.

Applicants should have solid preparation at the college level in the biological or social sciences and one year of college-level mathematics.

Students entering the doctoral program typically have a strong background in undergraduate science and frequently have a master's degree in public health or a related field, or significant public health research experience. A master’s degree is not required to apply for this program, although the majority of students in the program come with prior master’s preparation.

Apply through the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS).
Select program: "Public Health" and your Concentration: Biostatistics, Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences,Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Health Policy and Management or Social and Behavioral Sciences.
The GRE and TOEFL code for Yale GSAS is: 3987.