Requirements and Curriculum

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The PhD requires 72 credit hours of classroom coursework, directed research and dissertation credits.

The UB Graduate School requires a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimum grade of B in all coursework to count towards your degree.


Through the dissertation, you will design, implement, complete and report on significant and original, independent epidemiologic research. You will conduct your research under the supervision of your major professor and a dissertation committee.

Your research culminates in a dissertation defense. You will present and formally defend your thesis to your major professor, your dissertation committee and the MS/PhD graduate director.

View the Epidemiology and Environmental Health Graduate Student Handbook for more information about program requirements.

Required Courses

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

* This course is designed for advanced doctoral students.

Principles and Methods of Epidemiology Core Courses

Statistical Methods Core Courses

Public Health Core Course

PhD Dissertation Guidance

Credit hours total 29 for required core courses.

Epidemiology Electives Courses
Choose four of the following courses:

Credit hours total 12 for required epidemiology elective courses.

Graduate Seminar

  • EEH 591 Graduate Seminar (0 credits) - All PhD students are required to present at a Graduate Seminar before scheduling their dissertation defense.

Ethics Course/Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training
All doctoral students must obtain formal training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). All PhD students are required to take and pass the following online course:

Students may also take one of the following courses in addition to CITI:

Recommended Options to Fulfill the Balance of Remaining Credit Hours

The remaining courses will be tailored to your interests and needs, and planned in consultation with your faculty advisor.

These may include:

* This course is designed for advanced doctoral students.

Balance of 28 to 31 credit hours (depending on credits taken for the ethics course) needed for a minimum of 72 total credit hours for the PhD degree.

Courses taken outside of the following departments must first be approved by the MS/PhD graduate director: Epidemiology and Environmental Health; Biostatistics; Community Health and Health Behavior; Roswell Park's Natural Sciences or Roswell Park's Cancer Prevention and Control.

Cancer Epidemiology Curriculum

View the full curriculum of this multidisciplinary cancer training within the PhD program.