PhD-Epidemiology Concentration

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 in epidemiology prepares students contemplating a career as scientists employed in academia, research institutions, or in research units within industry or other agencies and organizations. The program is comprehensive, with a strong emphasis on epidemiologic methodology, theory, and practice. This broad and rigorous training will fully equip students with skills they need to be engaged in conducting cutting-edge epidemiologic research within the many areas of public health.

PhD Core Competencies

PhD Epidemiology Curriculum

Upon completion of the PhD in Public Health Sciences degree with a concentration in Epidemiology, the student will have demonstrated proficiency in the following competencies:

  • Describe the theory underlying epidemiological methods.
  • Comprehend and apply epidemiologic methods to solve a variety of public health problems.
  • Conduct primarily etiologic or other analytic and descriptive research studies, through appropriate formulation of a health problem, and the collection, assimilation, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of data on human populations and the physical, chemical and biologic environment.

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.


PhD CORE COMPETENCIES 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.




2013-2014 PhD in Public Health Sciences Curriculum- Epidemiology: 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
BIOS 6300 Applied
Statistical Methods for Data Analysis
HMAP 6360 Ethical Issues in
Public Health
PHED 6118 Seminar/Grand
Rounds in Public Health Research
PHED 6220 Scientific and
Grant Writing
PHED 6314 Methods for Public Health Studies 3 SCH
PHED 6321 Pedagogy in Public

Concentration Required Courses: 39 SCH
BIOS 6314 Applied Categorical Data Analysis 3 SCH
BIOS 6318 Clinical Trials & Survival Analysis 3 SCH
EOHS 5342 Biomarkers in Environmental Epidemiology 3 SCH
EPID 5310 Intermediate Epidemiology 3 SCH
EPID 5312 Survey Methodology 3 SCH
EPID 5313 SAS and Data Management 3 SCH
EPID 5314 Applied Data Analysis in Epidemiology 3 SCH
EPID 5318 Chronic Disease Epidemiology 3 SCH
EPID 5320 Infectious Disease Epidemiology 3 SCH
EPID 5391 Topics in Epidemiology: Secondary Data Analysis 3 SCH
EPID 6310 Advanced Methods in Epidemiology I 3 SCH
EPID 6312 Advanced Methods in Epidemiology II 3 SCH
EPID 6316 Molecular Epidemiology 3 SCH

Elective Courses: 6 SCH

No more than 3 SCH at the 5000 level. Advisor
approval must be provided for all electives.

Culminating Experience: 12 SCH
EPID 6000 PhD Comprehensive
EPID 6395 Doctoral
12 SCH
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