Epidemiology (EPID)

Graduate Degree Program
College: Public Health


The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics offers a Ph.D. program in Epidemiology. Students in the Ph.D. program in Epidemiology master core knowledge in epidemiologic and biostatistical methods related to the design, implementation and evaluation of public health studies surrounding psychosocial, behavioral, biological, and cultural factors. Students may work with their advisor to design their own research specialization or they may apply to one of our two specializations:

  1. Social Epidemiology or
  2. Environmental Epidemiology. 

Our students have full access to faculty who will guide you through all phases of the program to ensure your educational goals are met. Our Washington, DC area location provides unparalleled opportunities for research experiences in public health, including placements at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (e.g., National Institutes of Health, National Center for Health Statistics), Children’s National Medical Center, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and many other national, state, and local health agencies.

Financial Assistance

The Department offers a limited number of fellowships, and graduate teaching and research assistantships.


Xin He, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
2234 School of Public Health Building
4200 Valley Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Telephone: 301.405.2551
Email: xinhe@umd.edu

Website: http://sph.umd.edu/department/epib
Courses: EPIB SPHL

Relationships: Biostatistics (BIOS)  Epidemiology (EPDM)

The PhD in Epidemiology program has a a two-part application process: applicants must submit the SOPHAS application (www.sophas.org), the centralized application service for schools and programs of public health, and the UMD Supplemental application. Applications will not be reviewed until both the SOPHAS and UMD Supplemental applications are completed.


  • A Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • Transcripts from all previous coursework
  • English proficiency test score (TOEFL, IELTS or PTE) (international applicants)
  • Statement of purpose and objectives including career and educational goals, professional experience, and research areas of interest


  • SOPHAS application & UMD Supplemental application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • A master's degree in public health or a related field
  • A writing sample e.g. published manuscript, master's thesis, research paper, etc. If you submit a published manuscript and you are not the first author, please describe the contributions you made to the publication.
  • Fit between applicant's goals, expectations and research interests, program competencies and faculty expertise
  • Official GRE Test Score submission is required. GRE scores taken within the past 5 years should be in the 50th percentile or higher. Please have ETS send scores to SOPHAS (code 0485).

Note for applicants with foreign credentials:

For detailed instructions on how to submit your application, please visit the School of Public Health Website: (https://sph.umd.edu/admissions/graduate-admissions/graduate-application-process)



Type of Applicant Fall Deadline
Domestic Applicants
US Citizens and Permanent Residents November 11, 2022
International Applicants
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas; A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants November 11, 2022


Program website: https://sph.umd.edu/academics/doctoral-degrees/phd-epidemiology
Application Process: https://sph.umd.edu/admissions/graduate-admissions/graduate-application-process
Admissions FAQ: https://sph.umd.edu/admissions/graduate-admissions/graduate-application-faqs


The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics faculty includes individuals with multi-faceted interests in both epidemiology and biostatistics. Our faculty have research interests and expertise in the epidemiology of infectious disease and chronic disease with particular focus in the areas of HIV/STIs, cancer, health disparities, cardiovascular disease, obesity/physical activity, and sexual and reproductive health. Additional areas of specialization include social and behavioral determinants of health, aging, cultural competency, and community-based interventions. Biostatistics faculty apply statistical techniques including survival and longitudinal analysis, computational statistics, statistical analysis of genomic and proteomic data, machine learning, neuroimaging statistics, (network) meta-analysis, missing data analysis, Bayesian hierarchical methods, and bioinformatics to analyze and interpret health data.

Last Name First/Middle Name Graduate Faculty Status Academic Credentials Positions
Carter-Pokras Olivia Full B.S., Tulane University; M.H.S., Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Professor Emeritus, Epidemiology
Professor Emeritus, Biostatistics
Cruz-Cano Raul Associate B.S., Autonomous University of Chihuahua, 1999; M.S., University of Texas at El Paso, 2002; Ph.D., University of Texas at El Paso, 2005 Associate Research Professor, Epidemiology
Associate Research Professor, Biostatistics
Dallal Cher Full B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1998; M.P.H., Yale University School of Public Health, 2002; M.S., University of Southern California, 2005; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, 2009 Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Associate Professor, Biostatistics
Dyer Typhanye Full B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1995; M.P.H., California State University, Long Beach, 2002; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2009 Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Associate Professor, Biostatistics
He Xin Full B.S., Peking University, 2003; B.A., Peking University, 2003; Ph.D., University of Missouri, 2007 Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Associate Professor, Biostatistics
Graduate Director, Epidemiology
Graduate Director, Biostatistics
Kleinman Dushanka Full B.S., University of Wisconsin; D.D.S., University of Illinois-Chicago College of Dentistry; M.Sc.D., Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine Professor, Epidemiology
Professor, Biostatistics
Lee Mei-Ling Full B.S., National Taiwan University, 1975; M.S., National Tsing Hua University, 1977; M.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1978; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1980 Professor, Epidemiology
Professor, Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Scientific Computation
Professor, Biostatistics
Liu Hongjie Full B.M., Shanghai Medical University, 1993; M.S., UCLA School of Public Health, 1998; Ph.D., UCLA School of Public Health, 2002 Chair, Epidemiology
Chair, Biostatistics
Professor, Epidemiology
Professor, Biostatistics
Lushniak Boris Full B.S., Northwestern University, 1981; M.D., Northwestern University, 1983; M.P.H., Harvard University, 1984 Professor, Epidemiology
Professor, Biostatistics
Ma Tianzhou Full B.S., University of Toronto, 2010; M.S., Yale University, 2013; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2018 Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
Assistant Professor, Biostatistics
Nguyen Quynh Full B.A., Stanford University, 2005; M.S.P.H., UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, 2009; Ph.D., UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, 2011 Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Associate Professor, Biostatistics
Trevitt Jamie Lynne Graduate Teaching M.P.P., Georgetown University, 2006; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2010 Assistant Clinical Professor, Epidemiology
Turpin Rodman Associate B.S., Howard University, 2008; M.S., Howard University, 2012; Ph.D., University of Maryland School of Public Health, 2018 Assistant Research Professor, Epidemiology
Assistant Research Professor, Biostatistics