PhD-Epidemiology 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 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.

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 87 semester credit hours (SCH) post-baccalaureate degree and is offered on a full time basis only. 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)

2017-2018 Curriculum   Course Descriptions Sequence of Coursework

MS Epidemiology (Prerequisite for PhD): 36 SCH
BIOS 5300 Principles of Biostatistics
EPID 5300 Principles of Epidemiology
BIOS 5310 Intermediate Biostatistics
BIOS 6314 Categorical Data Analysis
EPID 5310 Intermediate Epidemiology
EPID 5312 Survey Research & Questionnaire Design
EPID 5313 Introduction to Data Management and Statistical Computing
EPID 5314 Applied Data Analysis in Epidemiology
EPID 6395 Advanced Topics in Epidemiology – Advanced SAS/R
PHED 5391 Topics in Public Health – Public Health Concepts
PHED 5391 Topics in Public Health – Scientific Writing
EPID 5395 Thesis (publishable paper)

PhD Epidemiology Courses: 21 SCH
BIOS 6322 Longitudinal Data Analysis
BIOS 6324 Survival Analysis
BIOS 6391 Advanced Topics in Biostatistics – Measurement
EPID 6310 Advanced Methods in Epidemiology 1
EPID 6312 Advanced Methods in Epidemiology 2
PHED 6118 Methods for Public Health Studies 2
PHED 6220 Scientific Grant Writing
PHED 6314 Methods for Public Health Studies

Elective Courses: 18 SCH
No more than 3 SCH at the 5000 level.
Adviser approval is required for all elective courses.

Culminating Experience: 12 SCH
Publish at least 2 papers
Journal Club each semester during PhD program
Summer dissertation proposal defense
EPID 6000 PhD Comprehensive Examination
EPID 6395 Doctoral Dissertation (12 SCH)

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.

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