The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Epidemiology is an intensive research training program for students with prior training in Epidemiology or related disciplines. It provides advanced education and training for students seeking a professional career in medical and health-related research, as well as for physicians and other persons who have attained professional degrees and are seeking to integrate epidemiological research and methods into their ongoing careers. 

As a research-focused degree, students are given the skills necessary to approach health problems to generate consequential research questions and use the most appropriate epidemiological methods to address them.  The methodologically rigorous training comprises both formal classroom education and guided research with faculty mentors.  Key research areas include:  chronic disease epidemiology, including cancer, diabetes, and obesity; behavioral epidemiology relating to substance abuse and HIV/AIDS, occupational disease epidemiology; and health disparities.  

Pre-requisites:  The program is primarily designed for persons who have completed an MPH degree, as well as for physicians and others who have a master or doctoral degree in a related discipline.  At a minimum, students should have successfully completed a graduate-level, foundation of epidemiology course as well as two biostatistical courses.  

All PhD in Epidemiology students are required to complete 64 credit hours. These include:

  • core courses in epidemiology and biostatistics
  • elective coursework
  • the dissertation

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Curriculum Requirements

BST 625Survey of Statistical Computing3
BST 630Longitudinal and Multilevel Data3
EPH 604Clinical Trials3
EPH 625Ethical Issues in Epidemiology,Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology3
EPH 651Research Methods3
or EPH 752 Advanced Research Methods
EPH 703Statistical Methods in Epidemiology4
EPH 705Statistical Methods in Epidemiology II3
EPH 740Basic Pathology and Patho-physiology3
EPH 751Survival Analysis in Clinical Trials3
EPH 774Epidemiologic Methods and Reasonings3
EPH 776Methods in Epidemiology3
Professional Development Seminars 13
Professional Development Seminar (Course should be taken 3 times for 1 credit each)
Dissertation12
Doctoral Dissertation
Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy
Electives15
Total Credit Hours64

1 Students complete the Professional Development/Research Seminar multiple semesters (each Spring semester), minimum of three times; some students will complete it more than 3 times.