Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health School of Public Health and Health Professions University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health School of Public Health and Health Professions University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

Buffalo, NY
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
January 15
fall application deadline
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3 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Graduate Programs in Epidemiology and Environmental Health at a High-Ranking University in New York

The Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health at the University at Buffalo (UB) offers several graduate degrees for students interested in public health. Students may choose from a variety of programs including master's degree programs, Ph.D. programs, and unique dual-degree programs.

The University of Buffalo is the largest and most comprehensive university in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, and it has been ranked as one of the "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" by Kiplinger's Personal Finance. The University at Buffalo, dedicated to academic excellence, is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) and is the leading public research university in New York State. UB's School of Public Health and Health Professions is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

The Ph.D. in Epidemiology

The epidemiology doctoral program at UB emphasizes original research in specialized areas such as, women's health, cancer, environmental, cardiovascular disease, genetic, infectious disease, or nutritional epidemiology. The 72-credit program is composed of coursework, research, and a dissertation.

Epidemiology Ph.D. students may also choose to pursue a cancer epidemiology specialization, which provides opportunities for hands-on research at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

A Unique Dual-Degree Medical Scientist Training Program

A student in the integrated medical scientist training program earns 2 degrees: a Ph.D. in epidemiology and an M.D. degree. The program takes an average of 7 years to complete and includes a research dissertation and advanced coursework, in addition to the clinical experiences.

A Master's Degree in Epidemiology with a Variety of Specializations

UB's 33-credit epidemiology master's degree program prepares students to study the causes, prevention, and control of diseases. The program prepares students for careers as researchers, clinical investigators, or educators in settings such as hospitals, private corporations, or state or local health departments.

Specializations include cardiovascular disease, environmental, infectious disease, nutritional, genetic, or cancer epidemiology. An additional "clinical research track" allows students to develop research skills in a related discipline such as dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, or medicine.

The M.P.H. in Epidemiology

The 47-credit Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program in epidemiology prepares the student to study the etiology, distribution, and prevention and control of diseases of public health importance. Upon completion of the program, students are prepared to work in settings such as federal, state and local health agencies, health maintenance organizations, hospitals, and nonprofit or public health advocacy organizations.

In addition to completing coursework, students in the epidemiology M.P.H. program complete 3 credits of field training in a public health setting. Students also complete integrative projects that incorporate their coursework and field training experiences.

The Combined B.S. in Exercise Science and M.P.H. in Epidemiology

Students interested in the connection between disease prevention and physical activity may choose to pursue a specialized dual degree program. At the end of the program, students receive B.S. degrees in exercise science and M.P.H. degrees in epidemiology.

To earn the dual degree, students complete 110 credits of undergraduate coursework in nutrition, anatomy, and exercise physiology. After completing all undergraduate courses, students complete a 47-credit M.P.H. curriculum.

The M.P.H. and M.D. Combined Program

The combined M.P.H. and M.D. program at UB is designed for medical students interested in public health. Upon completion of the program, students earn Doctor of Medicine and M.P.H. degrees.

Students interested in the dual M.P.H. and M.D. program must apply to each program separately. Applicants should apply to the M.D. program first and apply to the M.P.H. program during their second year of medical school.

A Five-Year, Dual-Degree Master of Public Health and Doctor of Pharmacy Program

The M.P.H. and Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) dual-degree program at University at Buffalo prepares students for careers in settings such as family and juvenile health services; insurance or managed care organizations; and government agencies. In addition to completing the requirements for the M.P.H. program, students complete all coursework and clinical programs necessary to earn Doctor of Pharmacy degrees.

The Environmental Health M.P.H. Program at UB

Students in the M.P.H. program in environmental health study the relationship between environmental factors and health conditions such as cancer, birth defects, and neurological disorders. The 45-credit program prepares students for careers in local and state health departments and environmental health consulting companies.

The Health Services Administration M.P.H. Program

The M.P.H. in health services administration at University at Buffalo prepares students to assess health care needs across a population and to design policies, programs, and community services that address those needs.

Upon completion of the program, students are prepared to work in settings such as health maintenance organizations, nonprofits, and public-health advocacy organizations.

Interdisciplinary, Combined-Degree Options for M.P.H. Students

The Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health at UB provides several unique combined-degree programs. A student may choose to combine the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree; a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree; or a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree.

The Combined Internal Medicine / Preventive Medicine Residency Program at UB

Students may choose a combined internal medicine / preventive medicine residency program that includes two years of internal medicine followed by two years of general preventive medicine.. The two years of the general preventive medicine provides students with a combination of coursework and practical experiences in a relevant clinical setting. Upon completion of the four-year program, students earn either M.P.H. degrees or Master of Science (M.S.) degrees. Residents are prepared to meet the certification requirements of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

Faculty Members with Broad Research Interests

UB faculty members in the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health investigate a broad range of important issues in epidemiology and public health. For example, Professor Christine Ambrosone has research interests that include molecular epidemiology and breast cancer risk factors.

Professor Matthew R. Bonner has research interests that include environmental and occupational epidemiology; cancer epidemiology; pesticides; and air pollution.

Admissions and Financial Aid

To be considered for admission to a graduate program at UB, each student must submit an application, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Applicants must have bachelor's degrees from accredited universities. International students who do not speak English as a first language must submit TOEFL scores and copies of the biographical pages of their passports.

Location & Contact

Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health

School of Public Health and Health Professions
University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

270 Farber Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214
United States

Dr. Youfa Yang


Phone: 716-829-5375
Fax: 716-829-2979

Dr. Carl Li

Director of Graduate Studies

Phone: 716-829-5382
Fax: 716-829-2979

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Epidemiology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Public Health Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 15
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


44% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 139
    • Accepted 62
    • Acceptance Rate 44
    • Enrolled 35
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th January 15th Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 1
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Health Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students63
    • Female Percentage63%
    • Male Percentage37%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students63
    • Part-time Percentage19%
    • Full-time Percentage81%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American4%
    • White / Caucasian83%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian10%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown3%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty19
    • Full-time Percentage68%
    • Part-time Percentage32%
    • Female Percentage53%
    • Male Percentage47%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchEpidemiology of cancer, nutrition, infectious diseases, epidemiology of environmental, women's health and cardiovascular disease research
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported




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