Epidemiology, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The PhD in Epidemiology requires a minimum of 64 credits beyond the master’s degree in epidemiology or public health, including 12 credits of EPIB899. Students are also required to complete a minimum of 12 credits in a specialization cognate area, included in the 64 credit total. There is an additional 13 credits of prerequisite courses that must be completed during the doctoral program or prior to admission. Students who have not taken the prerequisites would complete a total of 77 credits. 

Students admitted to the Ph.D. program advance to candidacy upon completing required coursework and passing a written comprehensive examination with an oral defense. After advancement to candidacy, students must complete a dissertation proposal and oral defense, followed by successful completion of the doctoral dissertation and oral defense.

Course Title Credits
Required courses:
SPHL602Foundations of Epidemiology and Biostatistics4
EPIB611Intermediate Epidemiology3
EPIB651Biostatistics II3
EPIB697Public Health Data Management3
SPHL600Foundations of Public Health3
EPIB612Epidemiologic Study Design3
EPIB620Chronic Disease Epidemiology3
or EPIB621 Infectious Disease Epidemiology
SPHL612Research Ethics1
EPIB652Categorical Data Analysis3
EPIB653Applied Survival Data Analysis3
or EPIB655 Longitudinal Data Analysis
EPIB710Grantsmanship for Epidemiologic Research3
EPIB740Advanced Methods in Epidemiology3
EPIB788Critical Readings in Epidemiology and Biostatistics3
EPIB798Independent Study3
Electives12
Specialization Requirements
Complete minimum of 12 credits in a specialization cognate area12
Dissertation Research Requirement
EPIB899Doctoral Dissertation Research12
Total Credits77