Introduction | Faculty & Staff

The program for the PhD in epidemiology is comprised of graduate faculty from the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii, the Pacific Basin Research Center, the Honolulu Asian Aging Study at the Pacific Health Research Institute, and the Departments of Public Health Sciences and Epidemiology, Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology, and Microbiology. Candidates who successfully complete this program will be able to teach, conduct independent research and provide consultative service in infectious or chronic disease epidemiology.

Applicants must have an acceptable master's degree in epidemiology or a closely related field or a degree providing comparable background. The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) and three letters of recommendation are required for application. Applicants must also include a written statement with the application indicating why they want to pursue a doctoral degree in epidemiology.

A prospective applicant is urged to communicate with a faculty member in his or her area of interest or with the programís chair and to be accepted as an applicant by a faculty member prior to admission. The faculty member involved will serve as an interim adviser upon the individualís admission into the PhD program. A listing of the PhD in epidemiology faculty is available here.

All candidates take a qualifying examination during their first year of enrollment to ascertain aptitude, strengths, and weaknesses in their basic preparation. The test results will be used in determining subsequent course work. This is usually followed by additional course work, a comprehensive examination, and dissertation research.

A limited number of tuition waivers are available for degree candidates. Qualified students may also apply for East-West Center fellowships.

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