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Purpose and Program Design

The purpose of the PhD programs is to prepare students to become ethically, culturally, and scientifically competent researchers and educators in public health.  The programs promote inter- and trans-disciplinary education, research, and service activities that are relevant to the community and population that we serve. An academic department hosts and operates each of the five PhD programs.  In each department, a Graduate Committee, chaired by the Graduate Program Director, develops and implements curriculum, makes admission decisions, advises students, and monitors student progress. 

Degree Program Sponsoring Department
Biostatistics Biostatistics
Epidemiology Epidemiology
Environmental Health, Occupational Health, and Toxicology PhD Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research PhD Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health
Health Services Research, Administration, and Policy PhD Health Services Research and Administration

The UNMC Graduate Studies Office has specific requirements for admission, academic standing, program requirements, comprehensive examinations, dissertations, candidacy, and graduation.  Please see the UNMC Graduate Studies for more information.