Graduate Program Director
Dr. Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway (Chair & Graduate Program Director), Dr. Tricia LeVan, 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.
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 905||CRITICAL EVALUATION OF EPIDEMIOLOGIC RESEARCH||3|
|Chronic Disease (3 credits, selected from the following)|
|EPI 801||INTRODUCTION TO CANCER EPIDEMIOLOGY||2|
|EPI 802||CANCER EPIDEMIOLOGY IN SPECIAL POPULATIONS||1|
|EPI 812||CHRONIC DISEASE PREVENTION AND CONTROL||3|
|EPI 846||MENTAL HEALTH EPIDEMIOLOGY||3|
|Infectious Disease (3 credits, selected from the following)|
|EPI 825||INFECTIOUS DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY: THEORY AND METHODS||3|
|EPI 936||INFECTIOUS DISEASE AND CANCER||3|
|Biostatistics (9 credits, selected from the following)|
|BIOS 808||BIOSTATISTICS II||3|
|BIOS 810||INTRODUCTION TO SAS PROGRAMMING||3|
|BIOS 818||BIOSTATISTICAL METHODS II||3|
|Epidemiology Methods (9 credits)|
|EPI 821||APPLIED EPIDEMIOLOGY||3|
|EPI 945||ANALYTICAL EPIDEMIOLOGIC METHODS II||4|
|EPI 970||SEMINAR (enroll in 2 different semesters for a total of 2 credits)||1|
|Public Health Core (3 credits)|
|HPRO 830||FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC HEALTH||3|
|EPI 999||DOCTORAL DISSERTATION (12-15 credits)||1-15|
|Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) / Ethics Training|
|NOTE: See Graduate Program Director for course requirments for comprehensive exam|