Epidemiology and Biostatistics: Epidemiology, PhD

The mission of the PhD program in Epidemiology is to train independent researchers in the development and application of epidemiologic methods and to prepare them for positions as scientific leaders in academia and industry. The PhD is a research degree; it indicates the highest attainable level of scholarship, and a commitment to a research career. The PhD does not represent merely the accumulation of course credits, but rather the development and completion of a well-designed and conscientious program of scientific investigation that makes a unique contribution to the field of epidemiology.

View the University’s Academic Requirements for PhD Degrees.

Required Courses 

Coursework
EPID 526Biostatistics for Epidemiologic Methods I
EPID 527Biostatistics for Epidemiologic Methods II
EPID 534Qualitative Methods in the Study of Health, Disease and Medical Systems
EPID 600Data Science for Biomedical Informatics
EPID 640Advanced Topics in Epidemiology
EPID 700Doctoral Seminar in Epidemiology
EPID 701Introduction to Epidemiologic Research
Ethics Elective
Additional Electives
Research
EPID 699Lab Rotation
EPID 899Pre-dissertation Research
EPID 995Dissertation

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2018 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.

Sample Plan of Study

Year 1
Fall
Introduction to Epidemiologic Research
Biostatistics for Epidemiologic Methods I
and Biostatistics for Epidemiologic Methods II 1
Lab Rotation
Spring
Advanced Topics in Epidemiology
Doctoral Seminar in Epidemiology
Qualitative Methods in the Study of Health, Disease and Medical Systems
Lab Rotation
Advanced Elective
Summer
Lab Rotation
Year 2
Fall
Data Science for Biomedical Informatics
Lab Rotation 2
Pre-dissertation Research
Ethics Elective
Advanced Elective
Spring
Doctoral Seminar in Epidemiology
Lab Rotation 2
Pre-dissertation Research
Advanced Elective
Year 3
Fall
Pre-dissertation Research
Elective
Spring
Pre-dissertation Research
Elective
Year 4 and Beyond
Dissertation
1

Students who place out of EPID 526 and EPID 527 should take EPID 600.

2

Students should take EPID 699 Lab Rotation if a mentor is not yet selected or EPID 899 Pre-dissertation Research if a mentor has been selected.