Degree Requirements

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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 503a, Public Health Toxicology +

EHS 503a, Public Health Toxicology +

1

EHS 510a, Principles of Environmental Health Sciences +

EHS 510a, Principles of Environmental Health Sciences +

1

EHS 525a & b, Seminar in Environmental Health +

EHS 525a & b, Seminar in Environmental Health +

0

EHS 507a, Environmental Epidemiology

EHS 545b, Molecular Epidemiology

1

EHS 508b, Assessing Exposures to Environmental Stressors

EHS (TBD) Developmental Origins of Health and Disease

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 608b, Frontiers in Public Health *

1

EPH 600b, Research Ethics and Responsibilities

EPH 600b, Research Ethics and Responsibilities

0

 

 

 

Students must choose three electives from the recommended list below

Students must choose three electives from the recommended list below

 

EHS 520b, Case-Based Learning for Genetic and Environment Interactions

EHS 520b, Case-Based Learning for Genetic and Environment Interactions

1

BIS 623a, Applied Regression analysis

EHS 508b, Assessing Exposures to Environmental Stressors

1

BIS 625a, Categorical Data Analysis

EHS 537a, Water, Sanitation and Global Health

1

BIS 628b, Longitudinal & Multilevel Data Analysis

CDE 617b, Developing a Research Proposal

 

CDE 617b, Developing a Research Proposal

EHS/CDE 502b, Physiology for Public Health

1

EHS 580b, Environmental Hormones & Human Health

1

BIS 511a, GIS Applications in Epidemiology and Public Health

 

1

EHS 545b, Molecular Epidemiology

 

 

+ 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. 7.28.2016

Qualifying Examination 

A qualifying examination that will serve as the formal test prior to admission to candidacy for the PhD program will be administered after completion of 13 term units before the end of the second year. Accordingly, the student should complete this examination within two years after entering the program. The student's dissertation advisory committee will administer this qualifying examination. . The exam consists of an evaluation of a written prospectus and an oral presentation and defense of the research proposal. The proposal will be on the thesis project of the student and it will in the format of the NRSA. Following completion of the written segment, the student will present and defend the thesis proposal to the dissertation advisory committee within two weeks after the completion of the written segment. The possible outcomes are (a) pass unconditionally, (b) pass conditionally, with further study suggested (or required) in one or more areas, or (c) fail, with or without the option to re-take the examination after the areas of concern have been pointed out and the student has had time to prepare. If a student receives an unconditional pass, the committee should note whether it is an unconditional pass with distinction or not. 

Once the student has passed the qualifying examination without conditions, and the Graduate Studies Executive Committee has approved the prospectus and proposed dissertation advisory committee, the student will be admitted to candidacy. 

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.