Degree Requirements

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The Ph.D. degree with a concentration in Chronic Disease Epidemiology requires a minimum of 17 course units. This Ph.D. program requires the student to complete the following courses. All “a” courses are offered in the fall term, “b” courses are offered in the spring term. Students are permitted to waive up to three required courses if they have previously covered the course material and obtain approval from their dissertation advisor and the course instructor, but are encouraged to replace these courses with other relevant courses rather than reducing the total number of courses taken. 

Students may choose the Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration or the traditional Epidemiology curriculum as noted below. Students must declare their concentration as soon as possible but no later than the end of the first year with approval from their academic advisor.

Traditional Epidemiology (CDE) concentration

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) concentration

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Course Units

CDE/EHS 502b, Physiology for Public Health

CDE 573a, Social and Cultural Factors in Mental Health and Illness

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CDE 508a, Principles of Epidemiology I

CDE 508a, Principles of Epidemiology I

1

CDE 516b, Principles of Epidemiology II

CDE 516b, Principles of Epidemiology II

1

CDE 523b, Measurement Issues in Chronic Disease Epidemiology

CDE 676b, Questionnaire Development

1

CDE 534b, Applied Analytic Methods in Epidemiology

CDE 534b, Applied Analytic Methods in Epidemiology

1

** CDE 617b,  Developing a Research Proposal

** CDE 617b, Developing a Research Proposal

1

CDE 619a, Advanced Epidemiologic Research Methods

CDE 574b, Developing a Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Intervention

1

CDE 634b, Advanced Applied Analytic Methods in Epidemiology and Public Health

CDE 634b, Advanced Applied Analytic Methods in Epidemiology and Public Health

1

CDE 650a, Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine and Health Care

CDE 650a, Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine and Health Care

1

CDE 610b, Applied Area Readings for Qualifying Examinations

CDE 610b, Applied Area Readings for Qualifying Examinations

1

EPH 608b, Frontiers in Public Health *

EPH 608b, Frontiers in Public Health  *

1

EPH 600b, Research Ethics and Responsibilities

EPH 600b, Research Ethics and Responsibilities

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Students must choose three 600-level course units in Biostatistics (chosen by the student in consultation with his/her academic advisor)

Students must choose three 600-level course units in Biostatistics (chosen by the student in consultation with his/her academic advisor)

 

 

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Students must choose three electives (in consultation with his/her academic advisor)

Students must choose three electives (in consultation with his/her academic advisor)

 

 

 

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Students supported by training grants may be subject to additional requirements and should discuss this with the Principal Investigator of that grant to determine whether there are grant-specific requirements. 

** CDE 617b is not required for students funded by the Interdisciplinary HIV Prevention Training Grant. These students must take a 4th elective in order to meet the 17 course requirement. 

*Students entering the doctoral program with an MPH degree are exempt from EPH 608, Frontiers in Public Health. Students with prior graduate level epidemiology courses may be exempt from CDE 508a, Principles of Epidemiology I. 

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Qualifying Examinations

The qualifying examinations in CDE entail a three-part system emphasizing biostatistics, epidemiologic methods, and the student’s chosen specialty area. The examination covering epidemiological methods includes both an in-class and a take-home portion. One faculty member is responsible for coordinating this examination, and the examination content is developed by the overall faculty. The specialty area examination is usually prepared in a tutorial with one or more faculty members the semester prior to the examination.

Research Experience

In a number of courses, students gain actual experience with various aspects of research including preparation of a research grant, questionnaire design, preparation of a database for analysis, and analysis and interpretation of real data. In addition, doctoral students can gain research experience by working with faculty members on ongoing research studies prior to initiating dissertation research.

The Dissertation

Many dissertations are presented as three or more completed, submitted or published manuscripts based on the dissertation research.