Admission into the program is once a year, in the Fall semester. The Ph.D. in Epidemiology is for applicants interested in conducting advanced research in epidemiology or teaching epidemiology at higher institutions of learning. This is a 3-5 year program. The first two years known as residency is dedicated to completing the required coursework and practice in research, on campus. An additional 1-3 years is usually expected for completing the dissertation research.