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)