Degree Requirements

The Ph.D. degree requires a total of 17 course units. If a course is waived, a substitute course must be identified, approved by the student’s advisor and DGS.

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PhD Required Courses (9 course units)

Course Title Units Term Offered Notes
         
CDE/EHS 502 Physiology for Public Health 1 Fall  
CDE 516 Principles of Epidemiology II 1 Spring  
CDE 534 Applied Analytic Methods in Epidemiology 1 Spring  
CDE 610 Applied Area Readings for Qualifying Examinations 1 Spring  
CDE 617 Developing a Research Proposal 1 Spring Students funded by the AIDS Prevention Training Program can substitute this with another course.
CDE 619 Advanced Epidemiologic Research Methods 1 Fall  
CDE 650 Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine and Health Care 1 Fall  
EPH 508   Foundations of Epidemiology and Public Health 1 Fall  
EPH 600 Research Ethics and Responsibilities 0 Fall  
EPH 608 Frontiers in Public Health* 1 Fall and Spring One term only is
required
         

PhD Electives in Biostatistics – 600 level courses (3 course units) **

Course Title Units Term Offered Notes
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PhD Electives (5 course units)

Course Title Units Term Offered Notes
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*Students entering the program with an MPH or relevant graduate degree may be exempt from this requirement 

** S&DS 563, Multivariate Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences may serve as one of these three courses

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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.