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Epidemiology PhD

Message From the Director

The Epidemiology PhD program is devoted to training the next generation of doctoral level epidemiologists.

Upon completion of the program, our graduates will have mastered current quantitative epidemiological methods, including study designs, analytic methods, and interpretation of epidemiological research. We expect our graduates to have broad epidemiological knowledge of various major human diseases, and be fully prepared to become expert epidemiologists in a specific disease/health status topic.

It is a very exciting time to be an Epidemiology PhD student at Penn State College of Medicine. The Department of Public Health Sciences consists of three academic divisions: Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Epidemiology, and Health Services and Behavioral Research. There are more than 50 faculty members in the Department, including 12 PhD-level faculty in the division of Epidemiology.

Every Epidemiology faculty member has their own research program, encompassing cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, environmental epidemiology, chronic disease epidemiology, nutritional epidemiology, and sleep epidemiology. We expect our students to work and learn from their mentors while conducting world-class epidemiology dissertation research.

Duanping Liao, MD, PhD, is Director of the Epidemiology PhD Program at Penn State College of Medicine.
Duanping Liao, MD, PhD, is Director of the Epidemiology PhD Program at Penn State College of Medicine.

Duanping Liao, MD, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair for Research
Chief, Division of Epidemiology
Director, PhD Epidemiology Program