Ph.D. in Environmental Health Epidemiology Specialization

Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of disease in populations. Diseases are not randomly distributed in populations, and there are certain risk factors that influence diseases. The Ph.D. in environmental health, with a specialization in epidemiology, provides a comprehensive and advanced background in theoretical and applied quantitative epidemiology as well as substantial expertise related to each student’s research topic.

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Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences

The Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences is home to one of the largest environmental health programs in the nation, and the only one that incorporates radiological health into its core curriculum. Students and researchers in environmental health investigate how natural and built environments affect human and animal health and seek solutions to minimize negative health consequences of environmental and workplace exposures. Radiological health has a long tradition at CSU focused on the biological effects of radiation, including laboratory studies of the damaging effects of radiation, and clinical uses of radiation in diagnostic imaging and cancer therapy.

Program Highlights

  • Learn fundamental and advanced epidemiologic concepts that can be applied to a broad range of careers

  • Acquire quantitative and programming skills used broadly in public and environmental health

  • Gain skills and experience in communicating and disseminating research results

  • Contribute to important global health research in collaboration with program faculty members

  • Join an inclusive community with extensive interaction between students and faculty members

Research Opportunities

Students can participate in research opportunities in selected areas of environmental and radiological health sciences to independently study, or investigate, a specific topic or topics under the guidance of a faculty member with expertise in that area.

Training grants

Students may be eligible to earn grant funding and additional hands-on research experience by participating in the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development in Translational Medicine Program, a research training opportunity funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Application Information and Deadlines

Admission requirements:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (exceptions are permitted in some circumstances; please contact us to discuss)
  • Master’s degree in a closely related field of study or a professional doctorate degree (e.g., M.D., D.V.M., D.O., J.D.) plus prior relevant research or applied professional experience that includes scientific writing
  • Personal statement
  • Minimum of two letters of recommendation
  • At least two of the following as evidence of analytic/quantitative abilities:
    • Transcripts demonstrating academic success (generally grades of B or better) in health, public health, natural sciences, or other fields with a substantial quantitative component (e.g., mathematics, statistics, engineering)
    • Written product from a professional experience demonstrating analytic/quantitative skill (please also explain your role in the written product and how it demonstrates your quantitative ability)
    • Letter(s) of recommendation that provides specific examples of your analytic/quantitative abilities
    • Graduate Record Exam scores within the last three years (GRE scores will not hurt your application but could benefit your application if the scores are strong. GRE scores are not required.)

Before applying, view full admission requirements and evaluation criteria.

Applications submitted by Dec. 1 are evaluated soon after; applications submitted between Dec. 2 and Feb. 1 are evaluated soon after Feb. 1. After Feb. 1, applications are evaluated on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible if interested in financial support. Applicants are also encouraged to reach out to faculty members prior to submitting an application.

To apply, complete the Online Graduate Application via the Graduate School.

Date Action
December 1 Priority Consideration Deadline
February 1 Standard Consideration Deadline
May 1 Fall Application Deadline (for International Applicants)
July 1 Fall Application Deadline (for Domestic Applicants)
September 1 Spring Application Deadline (for International Applicants)
November 1 Spring Application Deadline (for Domestic Applicants)

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