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Graduate Program Director

Dr. Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway (Chair & Graduate Program Director), Dr. Veenu MInhas, Dr. Evi Farazi, Dr. Lorena Baccaglini, and Dr. Sharon Medcalf 

The PhD program in Epidemiology prepares practitioners and researchers for positions in government agencies, the private sector, and academia. Students learn to design, conduct, and analyze epidemiologic research studies, interpret research findings, and apply findings to solve public health problems or discover causes of diseases.

Students who enter the PhD program typically hold the MPH degree or have equivalent training/experience in epidemiology.

Coursework

Students enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Epidemiology are required to complete a minimum of 48 credit hours in courses (36 credits) and dissertation (12 credits) in order to graduate.

  • Students may request a transfer of up to 12 credits of epidemiology and biostatistics courses from their degree from an accredited graduate program. The transfer request will be reviewed by the Epidemiology Graduate Committee after the student has enrolled in the Ph.D. program. Students who receive approval for credit transfer will need to take additional courses as recommended by their Supervisory Committee to satisfy the 48-credit hour requirement. 

Students are expected to complete the courses listed below. These courses are subject to change and other courses can be substituted at the discretion of the Supervisory Committee.

Epidemiology Methods & Pathophysiology (6 credits)
EPI 905CRITICAL EVALUATION OF EPIDEMIOLOGIC RESEARCH3
EPI 9323
Chronic Disease (3 credits, selected from the following)
EPI 801INTRODUCTION TO CANCER EPIDEMIOLOGY2
EPI 802CANCER EPIDEMIOLOGY IN SPECIAL POPULATIONS1
EPI 812CHRONIC DISEASE PREVENTION AND CONTROL3
EPI 846MENTAL HEALTH EPIDEMIOLOGY3
Infectious Disease (3 credits, selected from the following)
EPI 825INFECTIOUS DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY: THEORY AND METHODS3
EPI 936INFECTIOUS DISEASE AND CANCER3
Biostatistics (9 credits, selected from the following)
BIOS 806BIOSTATISTICS I3
BIOS 808BIOSTATISTICS II3
BIOS 810INTRO SAS PROGRAMMING3
BIOS 818BIOSTATISTICAL METHODS II3
Epidemiology Methods (9 credits)
EPI 821APPLIED EPIDEMIOLOGY3
EPI 945ANALYTICAL EPIDEMIOLOGIC METHODS II4
EPI 970SEMINAR (enroll in 2 different semesters for a total of 2 credits)1
Public Health Core (3 credits)
HPRO 830FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC HEALTH3
Other Requirements
EPI 999DOCTORAL DISSERTATION (12-15 credits)1-15
Elective3
Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) / Ethics Training