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Graduate Committee
Dr. Evi Farazi (Chair & Graduate Program Director), Dr. Abraham Mengist, Dr. Kendra Ratnapradipa, and Dr. David Brett-Major

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.

PhD Curriculum

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 a previous 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. 

Coursework

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.

College of Public Health Required Course **
HPRO 830FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC HEALTH *3
Core Courses
EPI 845EPIDEMIOLOGIC METHODS *3
EPI 821APPLIED EPIDEMIOLOGY *3
EPI 945ANALYTICAL EPIDEMIOLOGIC METHODS II *3
EPI 946EPIDEMIOLOGY IN PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE *3
BIOS 818BIOSTATISTICAL LINEAR MODELS: METHODS AND APPLICATION *3
BIOS 823CATEGORICAL DATA ANALYSIS *3
BIOS 824SURVIVAL DATA ANALYSIS *3
BIOS 825CORRELATED DATA ANALYSIS *3
EPI 805HUMAN HEALTH AND DISEASE IN PUBLIC HEALTH (Human Health and Disease in Public Health) *3
EPI 960TEACHING PRACTICUM1
EPI 910RESEARCH GRANT PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT *3
EPI 970SEMINAR (1 credit each, take 2 semesters (total 2 credits; 1 credit required prior to Comprehesive Exam))1
Selectives – Minimum 6 courses (≥4 at 900 level)
EPI 812CHRONIC DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY 3
EPI 822HOST AND PATHOGEN FACTORS IN PUBLIC HEALTH3
EPI 837SOCIAL EPIDEMIOLOGY3
EPI 835HEALTH INFORMATION AND SURVEILLANCE FOR PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE3
EPI 810EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: PREVENTION3
EPI 811EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: PROTECTION3
EPI 813EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: RESPONSE3
EPI 814EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: RESPOND AND RECOVERY3
EPI 952MENTAL HEALTH EPIDEMIOLOGY3
EPI 953CANCER EPIDEMIOLOGY3
EPI 955ENVIRONMENTAL EPIDEMIOLOGY3
EPI 957SURVEY RESEARCH METHODS3
EPI 958EPIDEMIOLOGIC ANALYSIS OF HEALTHCARE DATA3
EPI 941EPIDEMIOLOGIC METHODS IN APPLIED CLINICAL GENETICS 3
EPI 923EPIDEMIOLOGICAL METHODS IN INFECTIOUS DISEASE OUTBREAK INVESTIGATIONS3
EPI 924INFECTIOUS DISEASE MODELING3
EPI 999DOCTORAL DISSERTATION (12 credits)1-15
Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR)/Ethics Training
*Courses that must be completed, plus one credit of Seminar, and four selectives, prior to taking the Comprehensive Examination
** Required for students who have not completed an MPH or taken a foundational course at a CEPH-accredited institution.