The PhD program in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Chicago offers advanced courses of study in biostatistics, epidemiology, and health services research, all of which are foundational fields in Public Health. The program is supported by a core methodological curriculum in population-based research on human health. Students completing the program will be prepared to design and conduct methodological and substantive research on fundamental questions about human health and biomedical science from a population perspective. They will also be prepared to collaborate with colleagues from different disciplines to carry out such research.

Why should you choose the University of Chicago for your PhD in epidemiology, biostatistics, or health services research?

  • Our program is small and student-focused; training programs are developed specifically for each student based on their background and interests.
  • Our highly selective program prides itself on extensive student-faculty and student-student interaction.
  • Our students can take courses from and interact with faculty from departments across the University of Chicago, including Statistics, Sociology, Human Genetics, Cancer, Biology, Public Policy, Economics, Business, Social Services, Human Development, and Clinical Departments in the Medical School. Dissertation Committees often include faculty from other departments.
  • We are one of a small number of related programs that guarantee full funding for the PhD program.

Applications should be received by December 1 for entrance into the program in Autumn.  Click here for the application portal.

Submission of GRE scores is optional for all UChicago Biosciences programs, including Public Health Sciences (PHS).  However, given the quantitative nature of the coursework that PHS students are required to take, the GRE is potentially helpful to the admissions committee in gauging a student’s ability to complete advanced statistical coursework.  Thus, the PHS department strongly encourages its PhD applicants to submit GRE scores.  The University of Chicago institution code is 1832.  If submitted, the GRE scores must be from within the last five years.