Epidemiolgy PhD

Major: Epidemiology
Degree Awarded: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 69.0 (PhD)
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 26.1309
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
 19-1041

About the Program

The PhD in Epidemiology program prepares students to approach problems with the critical analytic skills necessary for the generation of substantial and significant epidemiologic questions, and to utilize the most rigorous and parsimonious research strategies to answer such questions. Additionally, integral values of the Department and School will infuse students with the commitment to pursue important and innovative topics of inquiry even when faced with methodological challenges, and to undertake studies that generate knowledge applicable to diverse social, ethnic, and geographically defined populations.

Graduates will develop the skill and expertise necessary to initiate and direct the scientifically rigorous research necessary to generate the knowledge upon which to base public health and medical care policies and procedures designed to foster the maintenance and improvement of the health and well-being of populations.

For additional information about this program, visit the Dornsife School of Public Health web site.

Admission Requirements (PhD)

Applicants to the PhD program in Epidemiology must meet the following requirements:

  • Master’s degree in epidemiology or a related field.
  • Potential for high level of performance in the PhD program and subsequent contributions to the field of epidemiology.

The Application Process will include:

  • Completion of the Schools of Public Health Common Application
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (international transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services)
  • A written statement of career and educational goals, professional experience, and area of research interest
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty or professionals who can evaluate the applicant's promise as a graduate student
  • Resume or CV
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for applicants whose first language is not English
  • Official GRE or MCAT scores (no other standardized test accepted for this program)

Applicants to the MS in Epidemiology program should apply using the Schools of Public Health Application Services (SOPHAS). For more information and to apply online, visit www.sophas.org. No supplemental application is required.

Please note: The Dornsife School of Public Health's code for submitting GRE scores is 2194. The SOPHAS GRE school code is 7890.

An in-person or telephone/online interview is required of all finalists.

All entering students are expected to have already completed introductory and intermediate level epidemiology and biostatistics courses as part of their Master’s program or must enroll in these courses, or their equivalents, as additional requirements.

Forms, details about requirements, and information about application deadlines are all available on the Dornsife School of Public Health website.

Degree Requirements

Completion of the PhD in Epidemiology requires:

  • a minimum of 69.0 quarter credit hours of course work beyond the master's degree;
  • a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3;
  • passing the doctoral comprehensive examination;
  • passing the candidacy oral examination;
  • completing a dissertation of publishable quality; 
  • passing the final defense.

A student in the PhD degree program shall have seven calendar years from the date of initial registration to complete and successfully defend a dissertation.

Electives

All students must complete two Epidemiology area selectives and two Biostatistics area selectives, and three electives. 

Doctoral Core Courses
BST 560Intermediate Biostatistics I3.0
EPI 560Intermediate Epidemiology3.0
Select one of the following courses:3.0
CHP 607Public Health Ethics3.0
or HMP 802 Health and Human Rights
Departmental Required Courses
BST 555Introduction to Statistical Computing3.0
BST 620Intermediate Biostatistics II3.0
EPI 550Applied Survey Research in Epidemiology3.0
EPI 561Pathophysiologic Basis of Epidemiologic Research3.0
EPI 700Advanced Epidemiology4.0
EPI 800Epidemiology PhD Seminar3.0
EPI 801Causal Inference in Epidemiology3.0
EPI 802Methodological Challenges3.0
EPI 803Proposal Writing Seminar3.0
Dissertation 11.0
Thesis Research: Dissertation Guidance in Epidemiology
Epidemiology Selectives (choose 2) 6.0
Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Perinatal Epidemiology
Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology & Prevention
Pharmacoepidemiology
Exposure Assessment
Biostatistics Selectives (choose 2)6.0
Longitudinal Data Analysis
Survival Data Analysis
Linear Statistical Models
Generalized Linear Models
Advanced Statistical Computing
Elective6.0
Total Credits69.0

 See the PhD Program Guide for additional information.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
Term 1Credits
EPI 560Intermediate Epidemiology3.0
BST 560Intermediate Biostatistics I3.0
BST 555Introduction to Statistical Computing3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 2
EPI 550Applied Survey Research in Epidemiology3.0
BST 620Intermediate Biostatistics II3.0
EPI 700Advanced Epidemiology4.0
 Term Credits10.0
Term 3
EPI 802Methodological Challenges3.0
Selective or Elective3.0
Selective or Elective3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 4
EPI 800Epidemiology PhD Seminar3.0
EPI 803Proposal Writing Seminar3.0
Selective or Elective3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 5
EPI 561Pathophysiologic Basis of Epidemiologic Research3.0
EPI 801Causal Inference in Epidemiology3.0
Selective or Elective3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 6
CHP 607
or HMP 802
Public Health Ethics
Health and Human Rights
3.0
Selective or Elective3.0
Selective or Elective3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 7
EPI 999Thesis Research: Dissertation Guidance in Epidemiology3.0
Selective or Elective3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 8
EPI 999Thesis Research: Dissertation Guidance in Epidemiology4.0
 Term Credits4.0
Term 9
EPI 999Thesis Research: Dissertation Guidance in Epidemiology4.0
 Term Credits4.0
Total Credit: 69.0
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