Degree Requirements

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The Ph.D. degree with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences requires a minimum of 15 course units (not including EPH 600a) from the following courses or their equivalents. Students supported by training grants may be subject to additional requirements and should discuss whether there are training-specific requirements with the principal investigator of the grant. 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

 

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

 

SBS 580b, Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health

1

 

SBS 610b, Applied Area Readings for Qualifying Examinations

1

 

SBS 676b, Questionnaire Development

1

 

SBS 699, Advanced Topics in Social and Behavioral Sciences

1

 

EPH 608b, Frontiers in Public Health *

1

 

EPH 600a, Research Ethics and Responsibilities

0

 

Students must choose three 600-level statistics courses (from Biostatistics, Psychology, Political Science, Sociology or Statistics & Data Sciences) ^

 

 

1

 

1

 

1

 

Students must choose three electives to prepare for dissertation research (in consultation with his/her academic advisor)

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

 

 

1

** 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 15-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 EH 508a, Foundations of Epidemiology and Public Health 

^ S&DS 563b, Multivariate Stat Methods for Social Sciences will also fulfill this requirement. 

Milestones/Other Requirements: 

  • TF a minimum of two terms, generally during Year 2 and Year 3 (up to an additional two 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. 7.25.2018