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Epidemiology PhD

Epidemiology PhD Program Details

The objectives of the Epidemiology PhD program are to train students to:

  • master current quantitative methods, including study designs and appropriate analytic methods in epidemiological research;
  • obtain broad knowledge of the epidemiology of various major human diseases; and
  • become expert epidemiologists in a specific disease/health status topic

Students will complete a core curriculum in applied and theoretical epidemiology.

Additionally, students are required to fulfill the following requirements:

  • Actively participate in epidemiology and biostatistics seminar series and each student is required to present at least one seminar each year.
  • Pass the candidacy examination. The decision to admit or not to admit a student to candidacy will be made by a committee of graduate faculty in the Epidemiology program.
  • Complete a comprehensive exam as a defense of a dissertation research proposal, administered by the entire doctoral committee around one year after the candidacy exam.
  • Complete a PhD dissertation.

Core Curriculum

All students enrolled in the PhD program will be required to successfully complete a minimum of 28 accumulated course credit hours.

Required Core Methodology Courses

(All of the following are required.)

  • PHS 550 Research Ethics (1 credit)
  • PHS 554 Statistical Methods in Public Health (3 credits)
  • PHS 555 Statistical Methods in Public Health II (3 credits)
  • PHS 510 Grant Writing (3 credits)

Substantive Epidemiology Courses

(Four required, and one 3-credit elective.)

  • PHS 558 Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • PHS 556 Cancer Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • PHS 583 Infectious Disease Epidemiology II (3 credits)
  • PHS 543 Environmental Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • PHS 559 Nutritional Epidemiology (3 credits)

Other Biostatistics Courses

(Elective.)

  • PHS 523 Multivariate Analysis (3 credits)
  • PHS 524 Longitudinal Data Analysis (3 credits)
  • PHS 526 Categorical Data Analysis (3 credits)
  • PHS 527 Survival Analysis (3 credits)

Sample Course Sequence

This is an example first-year course sequence for a full-time student.

Year 1 Fall

  • PHS 550 Research Ethics (1 credit)
  • PHS 554 Statistical Methods in Public Health I (3 credits)
  • PHS 556 Cancer Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • PHS 558 Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology (3 credits)

Year 1 Spring

  • PHS 555 Statistical Methods in Public Health II (3 credits)
  • PHS 562 Environmental Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • PHS 563 Infectious Disease Epidemiology I (3 credits)