Degree Requirements

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EHS Program Guidelines

PDF version of the PhD course requirements.

The Ph.D. degree with a concentration in Environmental Health Sciences requires a minimum of 13 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 between two concentrations: 1) Environmental Epidemiology & Exposure Science or 2) Environmental & Molecular Toxicology curriculum as noted below.

Environmental Epidemiology & Exposure concentration

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Environmental & Molecular Toxicology
concentration

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Course Units

BIS 505a, Introduction to Statistical Thinking I

BIS 505a, Introduction to Statistical Thinking I

1

BIS 505b, Introduction to Statistical Thinking II

BIS 505b, Introduction to Statistical Thinking II

1

CDE/EMD 508a, Principles of Epidemiology I *

CDE/EMD 508a, Principles of Epidemiology I

1

EHS 503b, Public Health Toxicology +

EHS 503b, Public Health Toxicology +

1

EHS 525a & b, Seminar and Journal Club in Environmental Health +

EHS 525a & b, Seminar and Journal Club in Environmental Health +

0

EHS 507a, Environmental Epidemiology

EHS 545b, Molecular Epidemiology

1

EHS 508b, Environmental and Occupational Exposure Science

EPH 608b, Frontiers in Public Health *

1

EHS 620a Research Rotation ^

EHS 620a Research Rotation

1

EHS 620b, Research Rotation ^

EHS 620b, Research Rotation

1

EPH 608b, Frontiers in Public Health *

EPH 600a, Research Ethics and Responsibilities

0

EPH 600a, Research Ethics and Responsibilities

 

 

 

 

Students must choose four electives from the recommended list below

Students must choose five electives from the recommended list below

 

BIS 511a, GIS Applications in Epidemiology and Public Health

CDE 617b, Developing a Research Proposal

1

BIS 623a, Applied Regression analysis

EHS/CDE 502b, Physiology for Public Health

1

BIS 625a, Categorical Data Analysis

EHS 508b, Environmental and Occupational Exposure Science

 

BIS 628b, Longitudinal & Multilevel Data Analysis

EHS 511b, Principles of Risk Assessment

1

CDE 617b, Developing a Research Proposal

EHS/CDE 520b, Case-Based Learning for Genetic and Environmental Diseases

1

EHS/CDE 502b, Physiology for Public Health

EHS 537a, Water, Sanitation, and Global Health

1

EHS 511b, Principles of Risk Assessment

EHS 562b, Applications in Systems Biology in Public Health

1

EHS/CDE 520b, Case-Based Learning for Genetic and Environmental Diseases

EHS 547a, Climate Change & Public Health

1

EHS 545b, Molecular Epidemiology

 

1

EHS 562b, Applications in Systems Biology in Public Health

 

1

EHS 547a, Climate Change & Public Health

 

1

+ Additional readings required for Ph.D. students 

^ Students give presentations at the end of the research rotation and are graded based on rotation work and presentation 

*  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.    

rev. 07/31/17

Research Requirements 

Two research rotations during the first academic year in EHS laboratories able to accommodate students are required for each student, one in the fall term and one in the second term. In consultation with the student’s advisor, an additional rotation may be offered during the summer between the first and second years. Research rotations will be available for both “dry” (i.e., statistical analysis) and “wet” (i.e., bench) laboratory research groups. The student will meet with the EHS graduate faculty member at the beginning of the rotation for an explanation of the goals and expectations of a student in the laboratory. The student will become familiar with the research models, approaches, and methods utilized by the research group through interactions with other laboratory/research personnel and from laboratory manuscripts. The student is expected to spend at least fifteen hours per week working in the laboratory or research group and to present a rotation seminar at the end of the rotation period. 

The Dissertation 

The dissertation for the Ph.D. degree must make an original contribution to the field.