For Prospective Students

The Doctoral Program in Epidemiology is intended for students who have an interest in quantitative population-based health research.

Portland, Oregon is well situated for those interested in pursuing studies in epidemiology and public health. Oregon is a pioneering state in implementing the health systems transformation driven by federal health reform and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and provides a particularly progressive culture and political environment devoted to issues of social and health disparities.

The epidemiology program works with students seeking university funding, either by providing them with program funding through graduate research and/or teaching assistantships or by helping them to identify funding outside the program.

Students obtaining a doctoral degree through the Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine can look forward to rich careers as researchers, teachers, university faculty, or program analysts. Students interested in the Doctoral Program in Epidemiology are encouraged to arrange a meeting with the Program Director, Dr. Carrie Nielson, through the Program Coordinator, Natalie Chin. Please address all inquiries to or 503-494-1158.

Scheduled Information Sessions

We have one information session scheduled for our PhD programs in Community Health, Epidemiology, and Health Systems & Policy for prospective applicants interested in beginning our program Fall 2016. This session will be held at Portland State University from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm on Friday, October 16 in URBN 611 (503 SW Mill Street, Portland, Oregon 97201). See this flyer for additional information.