PhD in Epidemiology—Training in Cancer Epidemiology

A part of the epidemiology PhD program, the training program in cancer epidemiology prepares you for this rapidly changing field with advanced skills in epidemiologic methods and an integrated understanding of the biology of cancer.

Partnering UB’s Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health with researchers at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, the program provides tailored, hands-on opportunities to develop research skills in cancer epidemiology and control as well as in other cancer disciplines. You also gain an understanding of and experience in interdisciplinary research.

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Training Requirements

The training in cancer epidemiology requirements follow those of the PhD in epidemiology degree. See the description of the PhD for more detail regarding these requirements:

  • 72 credit hours of coursework
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimum grade of B in every required course
  • Completion of a comprehensive exam
  • Completion of a doctoral dissertation

View the Epidemiology and Environmental Health Graduate Student Handbook for more information about program requirements.


Our specialized curriculum emphasizes the integration of epidemiology with cancer biology and disciplines such as biostatistics, toxicology, nutrition, health services research, genetics and epigenetics, immunology and geographic information science.

Advanced Training Opportunities

In addition to coursework, training includes special seminars, research and collaboration with two primary mentors from different cancer-related disciplines including cancer epidemiology and interaction with other experts.

  • EEH Seminar: Fridays, 12 - 1PM, Farber Hall, University at Buffalo
  • Cancer Prevention Grand Rounds: Mondays, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.
  • Roswell Park Epidemiology Journal Club: Meet with faculty to discuss published research in cancer epidemiology, focusing on epidemiologic methods and cancer biology papers.
  • Roswell Park Work in Progress: Meet with faculty and students to discuss ongoing research and manuscripts in development.