Degree Requirements

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EMD PhD Guidelines 

The Ph.D. degree with a concentration in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases requires ten courses for credit. Courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, and microbiology are strongly recommended. The specific course recommendations depend on the background of each student and their stated research interests. An individual program that includes courses, seminars, and research rotations is developed by the student and his/her faculty academic advisor. All students are required to complete three distinct research rotations. These are done in the fall, spring and summer between the first and second year. At the end of each rotation, the student will be asked to prepare a brief presentation for fellow students and faculty about their research for that term. These research rotations (EMD 670) are graded and account for three of the required ten courses EMD students must take.

Students entering the program with an MPH may be exempt from EPH 608, Frontiers in Public Health. Students with prior graduate level epidemiology courses may be exempt from coursework in epidemiology.

The following courses are suggested courses that are appropriate for Ph.D. students in EMD. However, other courses at the Yale School of Public Health of in other departments may also be appropriate.

Requirements
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REQUIRED COURSES

Course Units

 

Students participate in three distinct research rotations as noted by
registering for EMD 670 (fall, spring and summer)

 

 

EMD 670a, Advanced Research Laboratories

1

 

EMD 670b. Advanced Research Laboratories

1

 

EMD 670a, Advanced Research Laboratories (register for this in the fall
of second year; this rotation is the summer rotation done between the first & second year)

1

 

EPH 508a, Foundations of Epidemiology and Public Health  
                                 OR
CDE 516, Principles of Epidemiology II

1

 

EPH 600a, Research Ethics and Responsibilities

0

 

EPH 608b, Frontiers in Public Health

1

SUGGESTED COURSES TO FULFILL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

 

 

EMD 538a, Quantitative Methods for Infectious Disease Epidemiology

1

 

EMD 539b, Public Health Surveillance

1

 

EMD/CDE 543a, Global Aspects of Food and Nutrition

1

 

EMD 548b, Observing Earth from Space

1

 

EMD 550b/682b, Biology of Insect Disease Vectors

1

 

EMD 553b, Transmission Dynamic Models for Understanding Infectious Diseases

1

 

EMD 567a, Tackling the Big Three: Malaria, TB, & HIV in Resource-Limited Settings

1

 

EMD 680a, Advanced Topics in Tropical Parasitic Diseases

1

 

HPM 570a, Cost-Effectiveness Analysis and Decision-Making

1

 

F&ES 500a, Landscape Ecology

1

 

S&DS 538b, Probability and Statistics

 

 

Other Courses taken but not listed (as agreed upon by advisor)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Milestones/Other Requirements:

  • TF minimum of two terms, generally during Year 2 and 3 (up to an additional two 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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