PhD Environmental Health Sciences Concentration

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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.

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 PhD coursework (Advanced Standing). All such courses are subject to approval.

PhD Core Competencies (see below)

2015-2016 Curriculum   Course Descriptions

PhD Core Courses: 33 SCH
BACH 5300 Theoretical Foundations of Individuals & Community Health
BIOS 5300 Principles of Biostatistics
EOHS 5300 Environmental Determinants of Health
EPID 5300 Principles of Epidemiology
HMAP 5300 Introduction to Health Management & Policy
BIOS 5310 Intermediate Biostatistics
BIOS 6300 Advanced Methods in Biostatistics
HMAP 6360 Ethical Issues in Public Health
PHED 6118 Methods for Public Health Studies II
PHED 6220 Scientific and Grant Writing
PHED 6321 Pedagogy in Public Health
PHED 6314 Methods for Public Health Studies I

Concentration Required Courses: 21 SCH

BIOS 6314 Categorical Data Analysis
EOHS 5331 Environmental & Occupational Sampling Analysis Methods
EOHS 5350 Environmental & Occupational Toxicology
EOHS 6300 Environmental Determinants of Health II
EOHS 6340 Human Health Risk Analysis and Exposure Assessment
EOHS 6391 Advanced Topics in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
EPID 5310 Intermediate Epidemiology

Elective Courses: 24 SCH
No more than 15 SCH at the 5000 level.
Advisor approval is required for all elective courses.

Culminating Experience: 12 SCH
EOHS 6000 PhD Comprehensive Examination
EOHS 6395 Doctoral Dissertation (12 SCH)
PhD Professional and Academic Development

Upon completion of the PhD in Public Health core courses, the student will have demonstrated proficiency in the following competencies:

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.