American University of Beirut

PhD in Epidemiology

​​​​​The Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) offers a PhD in Epidemiology.

The PhD in Epidemiology aims to:

  • To train epidemiologists on advanced epidemiological methods and quantitative analytical skills to enable them to lead independent and scholarly epidemiological research.
  • To train epidemiologists on effective teaching practices in higher education, including course syllabus development and effective teaching and assessment methods to enable them to teach advanced courses in epidemiology in higher education
  • To graduate epidemiologists whose research can address the limited production and dissemination of regional evidence​

Who can apply to the PhD in Epidemiology?

This program is designed primarily for those who are interested in research, particularly undertaking independently innovative research studies to address important and timely research gaps, in the global and regional context. The program prepares epidemiologists to also teach and work at universities or assume a high-level position in governmental and/or international health agencies.

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible for admission to the PhD program, a candidate must:

  • » Hold a master's degree in epidemiology or in a relevant discipline such as public health, nursing, statistics and health informatics, pharmacy, biological sciences and others, from AUB or another recognized institution of higher learning. A minimum cumulative average of 85 over 100, or its equivalent, is required for admission.
  • » Have achieved a minimum score of 1,000 on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general component.

The application of applicants who meet the minimum admission requirements will then be reviewed by the selection committee. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview in person to further evaluate the applicant. 

Program Requirements

The PhD in Epidemiology Program requires the completion of 27.5 credit hours of course work beyond the master's degree and 24 credit hours of thesis work.

The course work consists of:

  • 16 credits of core epidemiology and biostatistics courses

  • 1.5 credit of core research courses

  • 4-5 credits selected from a specified set of epidemiology and biostatistics courses

  • 5-6 credits of pre-approved elective courses.

  • The last 10 credits provide the opportunity for students through a variety of choices to specialize, focusing on a specific area of epidemiology. For the dissertation, primary data collection is a requirement.

Financial Support

The department offers, on a selective basis, substantial support which fully covers tuition and includes a monthly stipend. There are also some funds available to support participation in international conferences; these funds are awarded on a competitive basis. In return, students help in teaching of introductory courses and support research work at the department. Their duties include proctoring and correcting exams.

How to apply for the PhD Epidemiology?

Interested candidates should apply online at  

Application Requirements ​

  • Official transcripts and certified copies of degrees and certificates from previous universities

  • Official GRE scores on the general component

  • Demonstrate English proficiency, as stipulated in the University Graduate Catalogue for admission into PhD studies​

  • Letters of recommendation (a minimum of three letters)

  • Personal statement outlining interest in the program of stud​y including research interests and experience

  • An updated CV​

​PhD in Epidemiology Curriculum and Competencies 

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