​PhD in Epidemiology Brochure


PhD in Epidemiology

The Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) is pleased to announce the opening of application for its first PhD Epidemiology Program for Fall 2018-19.​

What are the primary goals of the PhD Epidemiology?

The PhD in Epidemiology is offered by the Epidemiology and Population Health Department at FHS and aims for the following:

  • To graduate epidemiologists with advanced training, who can teach advanced courses, lead independent epidemiological research, and promote rigorous epidemiological practice and instill competence in study design and data analyses, and leadership and independence

  • The program would fill a major gap in the Arab region where there is limited production of local knowledge to addresses major public health challenges

  • The PhD design is comparable to those offered by leading US universities, including its focus on advanced epidemiologic and biostatistics methods

Who can apply to the PhD in Epidemiology?

This program is designed primarily for those who plan to teach and conduct original independent research in universities and research institutions. It also prepares epidemiologists who can take leadership positions in governmental and international health agencies.

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 other recognized institution of higher learning. A minimum cumulative course average of 85 over 100, or its equivalent, is required for admission

  • Have achieved an acceptable score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general component taken in the last five years

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

  • An interview in person will be undertaken by the PhD Program committee for applicants who meet the minimum admission requirements

Program Requirements

The PhD in Epidemiology Program requires the completion of 27 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 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 also include help in proctoring and correcting exams.

How to apply for the PhD Epidemiology?

Interested candidates should apply online at https://graduateadmissions.aub.edu.lb  

Application Requirements ​

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

  • Official GRE scores on the general component

  • Letters of recommendation (a minimum of three letters)

  • Personal statement outlining interest in the program of study including research interests and experience

  • An updated CV​

Contact Us

Graduate Public Health Program (GPHP) 

Email: gphp@aub.edu.lb​