The PhD program in Public Health Sciences prepares professionals for research, teaching, and service with the overall objective of improving the health of populations. To meet this objective, all students in the program pursue excellence in conducting research and disseminating knowledge. The primary focus is on research that advances knowledge and facilitates discovery regarding etiology, interventions, and policies that promote health at the individual, population, societal, and/or global levels. The concentration of environmental health sciences will prepare students to research, teach and apply knowledge on the interrelationships between the environment and human health and the regional, national and global significance. Students will be equipped to apply their research skills and knowledge to recognized, evaluate and prevent exposures that may adversely impact human health and environmental quality, whether in the natural or human-made environment.
PhD Core Competencies
Upon completion of the PhD in Public Health Sciences degree with a concentration in Environmental Health Sciences, the student will have demonstrated proficiency in the following competencies:
- Identify environmental agents and their sources, and discuss and describe the implications of sources, transport mechanisms;
- Apply risk assessment and management strategies to environmental and occupational hazards;
- Employ the paradigms of environmental and occupational health (nature and sources of hazards; exposure, risk assessment and outcomes measures; susceptibility, culture, behavior and disparities) to assess and design studies of environmental and occupational health implications.
The PhD program requires a minimum of 90 semester credit hours (SCH) post-baccalaureate degree and is offered on a full time or part-time basis. Any graduate credits post-baccalaureate, including master’s degree courses may be applied to coursework outlined within the PhD degree plan. A student may apply up to 42 SCH of previously taken graduate level courses toward the completion of the Ph.D. coursework (Advanced Standing). All such courses are subject to approval by the advisor and the PhD Program Committee.
- Research Theories: synthesize historical, contemporary, and emerging theories and paradigms of significance to public health.
- Critical Analysis: Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of existing research evidence and identify significant gaps in knowledge.
- Research Methodology: Comprehend, design and apply relevant and advanced research methods based on rigorous standards of evidence.
- Scientific Communications: Develop professional skills in scientific and grant writing, oral communication, and teaching.
- Ethics: Uphold the highest ethical standards in all professional endeavors, including the design and implementation of research and the participation of human subjects.
- Discovery and Translational Theory: Conduct investigative research, including areas that facilitate the translation and application of discovery to practice.
|2013-2014 PhD in Public Health Sciences Curriculum- Environmental Health Sciences: 90 SCH|
|Core Courses: 33 SCH|
|BACH||5300||Theoretical Foundations of Individuals & Community Health||3 SCH|
|BIOS||5300||Biostatistics for Public Health I||3 SCH|
|EOHS||5300||Environmental Health||3 SCH|
|EPID||5300||Principles of Epidemiology||3 SCH|
|HMAP||5300||Health Management & Policy||3 SCH|
|BIOS||5310||Biostatistics for Public Health II||3 SCH|
Statistical Methods for Data Analysis
|HMAP||6360||Ethical Issues in
Rounds in Public Health Research
|PHED||6314||Methods for Public Health Studies||3 SCH|
|PHED||6321||Pedagogy in Public
Concentration Required Courses: 21 SCH
|BIOS||6314||Applied Categorical Data Analysis||3 SCH|
|EOHS||5331||Environmental & Occupational Sampling and Analysis Methods||3 SCH|
|EOHS||5350||Environmental & Occupational Toxicology||3 SCH|
|EOHS||5340||Exposure and Risk Assessment||3 SCH|
|EOHS||6300||Environmental Health Determinants||3 SCH|
|EOHS||6391||Advanced Topics in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences||3 SCH|
|EPID||6300||Intermediate Epidemiology for Public Health Practice||3 SCH|
Elective Courses: 24 SCH
No more than 15 SCH at the 5000 level. Advisor
approval must be provided for all electives.
Culminating Experience: 12 SCH