Degree Requirements

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The Ph.D. degree with a concentration in Chronic Disease Epidemiology requires a minimum of 17 course units (not including EPH 600a). 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.
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DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Course Units

 

CDE/EHS 502b, Physiology for Public Health

1

 

EPH 508a, Foundations of Epidemiology and Public Health

1

 

CDE 516b, Principles of Epidemiology II

1

 

CDE 534b, Applied Analytic Methods in Epidemiology

1

 

** CDE 617b, Developing a Research Proposal

1

 

CDE 619a, Advanced Epidemiologic Research Methods

1

 

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

1

 

CDE 610b, Applied Area Readings for Qualifying Examinations

1

 

EPH 608b, Frontiers in Public Health *

1

 

EPH 600a, Research Ethics and Responsibilities

0

 

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

 

 

1

 

1

 

1

 

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

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

 

 

1

 

 

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1

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 may be exempt from EPH 608 Frontiers in Public Health. Students with prior graduate level epidemiology courses may be exempt from EPH 508a, Foundations of Epidemiology and Public Health ^ S&DS 563, Multivariate Stat Methods for Social Sciences is also allowed to fulfill this requirement. Milestones/Other Requirements: 

  • TF a minimum of two semesters, generally during Year 2 and 3 (up to two additional TF terms may be required) 
  • Completion of Qualifying Exam by the end of Year 2 
  • Approved and submitted prospectus by the end of Year 3 (admission to candidacy milestone) 
  • Bi-annual dissertation advisory committee meetings once admitted to candidacy 
  • Dissertation defense (prior to submission to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences) 
  • Public presentation of dissertation (after submission to Graduate School of Arts and Sciences)

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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.