The PhD degree program prepares students for careers in epidemiologic research and teaching, usually in an academic setting. The PhD graduate is expected to have knowledge across a wide range of epidemiologic theory and methods as well as sustained experience in the conduct of research in one or more content areas. The Ph.D. program has a strong theoretical base and is focused on research. Graduates are likely to become independent researchers and faculty members. The Ph.D. is the terminal degree in epidemiology.
- Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of basic and advanced concepts of Epidemiology.
- Exhibit proficiency in grant writing and protocol development.
- Exhibit proficiency in advanced data analysis skills.
- Exhibit proficiency in ethical and scientifically sound study design and conduct.
- Demonstrate mastery of critical evaluation of the scientific literature.
- Demonstrate excellence in scientific writing (Dissertation work - 3 paper format).
Prerequisite Coursework (from prior master's degree)
Students who do not have these prerequisites are required to take these or equivalent courses.
|SPHL 6020||Foundations in Public Health (or equivalent)||3|
|SPHL 6060||Epidemiology for Public Health (or equivalent)||3|
|SPHL 6050||Biostatistics for Public Healt (or equivalent)||3|
|BIOS 6040||Intermediate Biostat (or equivalent)||3|
|EPID 6230||Computer Packages Epid (or equivalent)||2|
|EPID 7120||Epidemiologic Methods II (or equivalent)||3|
|Advanced Doctoral Study|
|EPID 7130||Observational Epidemiolo||3|
|EPID 7160||Survey Methodology||3|
|EPID 7170||Clinical Trials: Dsgn, Cndct||3|
|EPID 7220||Analytic Epidemiology||3|
|EPID 8300||Advanced Epid Methods||3|
|BIOS 7060||Regression Analysis||3|
|BIOS 7150||Categorical Data Analysi||3|
|BIOS 7300||Survival Data Analysis||3|
|BIOS 8350||Clustrd & Longtdinal Dta Anlys||3|
|One Epidemiology content area course||3|
|EPID 7000||Departmental Seminar||0-1|
|EPID 8000||Doctoral Journal Club||0|
|Total Credit Hours||30-31|
In addition to the SPHTM academic standards, students in the MPH in Epidemiology program and those taking advanced epidemiology courses must demonstrate the following standards:
- All students must complete and earn a "B" or better in the prerequisite foundational course, SPHL 6060 Epidemiology for Public Health (3 c.h.), before advancing to EPID 7120 Epidemiologic Methods II (3 c.h.) or other advanced epidemiology courses.
- Any Epidemiology student receiving a grade of "C" in any required course (including any foundation course) must repeat the course.
- Epidemiology students receiving a grade of "F" in any course may not continue in the MS MPH program (unless special extenuating circumstances can be demonstrated).
- To take an advanced epidemiology course, student must have a grade of "B" or better in any prerequisite courses.
Selected from courses offered within the department, school, or university in consultation with an academic advisor.
Students are required to take online research ethics training via CITI or another equivalent training program in research ethics. This certification must remain current throughout the program duration.
Students are required to pass a written comprehensive examination demonstrates general knowledge of epidemiologic and biostatistical methods and knowledge of the epidemiology in at least one content area. The exam will include sections on higher level epidemiologic methods, a content area and study design.
(See PhD handbook)
Students must prepare and defend a prospectus of proposed research.
(See PhD handbook)
Students must conduct original research and defend a dissertation based on that research.
Students in the Epidemiology PhD program are required to maintain standards of performance that exceed the minimum required by the School. Students must earn a "B+" or better in all required coursework. Students who receive lower than a "B+" in required coursework must repeat the course at their own expense.