Degree Requirements

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EHS Program Guidelines

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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.

Requirements Completed?

Degree Requirements for All Students

Course Units

 

EPH 505a, Biostatistics for Public Health

1

 

EPH 508a, Foundations of Epidemiology and Public Health

1

 

EPH 608b, Frontiers in Public Health

1

 

EHS 503b, Public Health Toxicology +

1

 

EHS 507a, Environmental Epidemiology

1

 

EHS 508b, Environmental and Occupational Exposure Science

1

 

EHS 545b, Molecular Epidemiology

1

 

EHS 620a, Research Rotation ^

1

 

EHS 620b, Research Rotation ^

1

 

EPH 600a, Research Ethics and Responsibilities

0

 

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

0

 

Environmental Epidemiology & Exposure concentration

Environmental & Molecular Toxicology
concentration

 

 

Suggested electives: (minimum 4 required)

Suggested electives: (minimum 4 required)

 

 

F&ES 755b, Modeling Geographic Space

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

1

 

F&ES 756a, Modeling Geographic Objects

CDE 617b, Developing a Research Proposal

1

 

BIS 623a, Applied Regression Analysis

EHS 502a, Physiology for Public Health

1

 

BIS 625b, Categorical Data Analysis

EHS 511b, Principles of Risk Assessment

1

 

BIS 628b, Longitudinal & Multilevel Data Analysis

EHS 537a, Water, Sanitation, and Global Health

1

 

CDE 516b, Principles of Epidemiology II

EHS 547a, Climate Change & Public Health (not offered 2018-19)

1

 

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

EHS 562b, Applications in Systems Biology in Public Health

 

 

CDE 617b, Developing a Research Proposal

1

 

EHS 502a, Physiology for Public Health

1

EHS 511b, Principles of Risk Assessment

1

 

EHS 547a, Climate Change & Public Health

 

1

 

EHS 562b, Applications in Systems Biology in 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 may be exempt from EPH 608 Frontiers in Public Health. Students with prior graduate level epidemiology courses may be exempt from EPH 508, Principles of Epidemiology.

Milestones/Other Requirements:

  • Completion of Preliminary Exam at end of Year 1
  • Two research rotations during the first academic year in EHS laboratories
  • TF a minimum of two semesters, generally during Year 2 (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)

rev. 08/10/18

The Dissertation 

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