Pathology (PhD)

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Program Description

This specialization trains doctoral candidates in the areas of molecular oncology, viral oncology, virus-cell interaction, immunochemistry, cellular immunology, immunotherapy, molecular genetics, biostatistics, epidemiology, and population health. Research experience may be acquired in the following areas: tumor virus-cell interaction; regulation of gene expression; oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes; DNA repair; lymphomas; cell differentiation; molecular biology of immunoglobulin genes; immunogenetics; autoimmune disease; interferon, interleukins, and growth factors; complement; AIDS; and various problems in cellular, tumor, and parasite immunology.

The immunology and inflammation program will train students to be independent scientists with a strong foundation in the scientific method and detailed knowledge of molecular immunology.

Biostatistics is a scientific discipline that generates novel approaches to study design and data analysis, with a focus on improving human health and health care. Our graduates work in the fields of medicine, public health, and biology. They develop innovations in methodology, theory, and application of biostatistical methods to the entire spectrum of basic, clinical, and translational biomedical research.

Epidemiology is the study and analysis of patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease conditions in defined populations, and the application of this knowledge to control disease. The program offers training in the theory and methods of epidemiology, including study design, measurement, and causal inference, to examine the distribution and determinants of health in human populations.

The population health program provides interdisciplinary instruction and research opportunities addressing the burden and multilevel determinants of health and health disparities in defined populations. The program has research strengths in healthcare delivery science, health disparities, epidemiologic methods, comparative effectiveness and decision science, implementation science, behavior change, and health informatics.


All applicants to the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) are required to submit the general application requirements, which include: