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University of Massachusetts Lowell

Lowell , Massachusetts ,United States

Ph.D. in Epidemiology: Public Health

Many health problems stem from exposure to hazards at home and in the community, healthcare system and work place. Learn to prevent disease and injury with a doctoral degree in Epidemiology. 

You'll be prepared to conduct research that identifies solutions for diseases caused by exposure to hazards in everyday life, which could include the physical, social, healthcare and policy environments. If you enjoy an interdisciplinary approach to learning, like to be on the cutting edge of research and want to devote your career to promoting health and safety, this is the program for you.

Campus Information


UMass Lowell is located in historic mill city of Lowell, Mass., 45-minutes north of Boston, at the intersections of Routes 495, 93 and 3. The birthplace of Jack Kerouac and the Industrial Revolution, Lowell's history echoes all around you. Former mill buildings and cobblestone streets now add charm to a bustling downtown, steps away from the UMass Lowell campus, which boasts a thriving arts scene, a population rich in cultural diversity, and a flair for festivals.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

PSW Opportunity

3 Years of PSW

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Academic Requirements

  • Prerequisite of a Master’s degree in a related field.
  • Exceptional academic record, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (3.5 in quantitative sciences) and high GRE scores.
  • Three letters of recommendation that provide insight into your ability to complete a rigorous academic graduate program. 
  • A recent resume that indicates your readiness to begin a doctoral degree program. 
  • A 1-2 page statement of purpose that includes:
  • A description of your personal and professional goals and how this doctoral program will help you achieve them.
  • A description of your research interests that you intend to pursue in your doctoral degree.
  • A list of 2-5 Tenure Track faculty members in the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences who you would like to have as a doctoral dissertation committee chair. Tenure Track faculty members can be identified through the titles of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor. Those individuals with the titles of Clinical, Research, Teaching, or Emerita/us faculty with proper credentials may serve on a doctoral committee, but they are not eligible to serve as the chair of a doctoral committee.