Requirements and Curriculum

The MSTP required curriculum for the PhD consists in 72 credit hours from required and elective courses, as of June 2014.

Year 1, Fall:

EEH 501 Epidemiology Principles 4.0 cr
EEH 505 Application of Biostatistics to Epidemiology I 4.0 cr
EEH 519   3.0 cr
CHB 550 or EEH 510 Public Health and Population Well-Being or Principles of Measurement In Public Health 3.0 cr each
EEH 591 Departmental Seminar 0.0 cr
MST 601 MSTP Seminar (required each semester) 1.0 cr
Total credits   12.0 cr

Year 1, Spring:

EEH 502
Advanced Methodology          3.0 cr
EEH 506 Application of Biostatistics to Epidemiology II 4.0 cr
EEH 515 or EEH 599 Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Disease (Advanced Epidemiology course) or Independent Study 3.0 cr each
PTR 525 Cancer Epidemiology (Advanced Epidemiology course)  3.0 cr
EEH 591 Departmental Seminar 0 cr
MST 601 MSTP Seminar 1.0 cr
Total credits   14.0 cr

Year 1, Summer:

Comprehensive Examination

Year 2, Fall:

EEH 602 Advanced Epidemiologic Study Designs 3.0 cr
EEH 575 or EEH 511 Epidemiologic Applications to Environmental Health (Advanced Epidemiology course) or Nutritional Epidemiology (Advanced Epidemiology course) 3.0 cr each
EEH 573 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (Advanced Epidemiology course) 3.0 cr
EEH 591 Departmental Seminar 0.0 cr
MST 601 MSTP Seminar 1.0 cr
Total credits   10.0 cr

Year 2, Spring:

NUS 695 Advanced Statistical Techniques 3.0 cr
PTR 502
Analysis of Health Related Data          4.0 cr
EEH 604 Fundamentals of Genetic Epidemiology (Advanced Epidemiology course) or other Advanced Epidemiology course 3.0 cr
EEH 591 Departmental Seminar 0.0 cr
MST 601 MSTP Seminar 1.0 cr
Total credits   11.0 cr

Year 2, Summer:

Preliminary Examination

Year 3, Fall:

EEH 700 Dissertation Guidance 1.0 cr

Year 3, Spring:

EEH 700 Dissertation Guidance 1.0-3.0 cr

51 total credits required for years 1 to 3.

The Comprehensive Examination should be successfully completed at the end of Year 1. The Preliminary Examination is taken at the end of Year 2. 

21 credits will be transferred from the medical school curriculum, resulting in a total of 72 credits at graduation.   

Potential Courses To Be Transferred (Medical School, Years 1 and 2)

IMC 500 

Medicine and Society

2.0 cr

IMC 516

Fundamentals III/Hematology (includes immunology)

5.0 cr

IMC 602 

Cardiovascular System 

8.0 cr

IMC 604 

Lung and Respiration

8.0 cr

IMC 514  

Musculoskeletal

4.0 cr

IMC 612 

Endocrine and Reproductive

8.0 cr

In addition to the required fundamental classes in epidemiology and biostatistics, four advanced epidemiology courses are required. It is strongly recommended that you take the following courses as the four advanced epidemiology courses:

  • EEH 515 Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Disease
  • EEH 614 Introduction to Molecular Epidemiology
  • EEH 573 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
  • PTR 525 Cancer Epidemiology

The student can petition the Director of Graduate Studies to substitute in other Additional Advanced Epidemiology courses.

Take four of the following Advanced Epidemiology Courses

In addition to the required fundamental classes in epidemiology and biostatistics, four advanced epidemiology courses are required along with the independent study on the PhD focus area. We recommended that you take the following as the four advanced epidemiology courses:

  • EEH 515 Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Disease
  • EEH 614 Introduction to Molecular Epidemiology
  • EEH 573 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
  • RPN 525 Cancer Epidemiology

You may petition the director of graduate studies to substitute other advanced epidemiology courses from the full list below:

EEH 510 Principles of Measurement In Public Health  3.0 cr
EEH 511 Nutritional Epidemiology 3.0 cr
EEH 515 Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Disease 3.0 cr
EEH 551 Epidemiologic Applications to Environmental Health 3.0 cr
EEH 553 Grantwriting for Health Professionals 3.0 cr
EEH 561 Advanced Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention 3.0 cr
EEH 573 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases 3.0 cr
EEH 604 Fundamentals of Genetic Epidemiology 3.0 cr
EEH 614 Molecular Epidemiology 3.0 cr
PTR 525 Cancer Epidemiology 3.0 cr

To complete the PhD in Epidemiology Program in three years, it would be necessary to ensure that the data collection is designed to be completed early in the third year. If data collection consists of a survey questionnaire mailed to a community population or a questionnaire administered to a well-defined high volume clinic population, then data collection could be completed early in the third year with the rest of the third year devoted to data analysis and writing the dissertation.

All PhD students must fulfill the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training requirement. This requirement can be met by taking PHI 640 or RPN 541 Responsible Conduct of Research, or by completing the CITI online course.

CHB 550 Public Health and Population WellBeing is required for PhD students.

Electives in Epidemiology and Public Health

RPN 503

Oncology for Scientists

RPN 541

Responsible Conduct of Research

CHB 550

Public Health and Population Well-Being (required for PhD students)

EEH 517/SOC 578

Methods of Survey Research

EEH 521

Global Health

EEH 530

Introduction to Health Care Organization

EEH 531

Administrative Theory and Practice for Public Health Practitioners

EEH 536

Management for Public Health Professionals

EEH 537

Public Health Law

EEH 539/MGH 633

Introduction to Health Economics

EEH 540/MGH 634

Health Policy

EEH 543

Public Health Practice

EEH 550

Environmental Health (required for MPH)

EEH 615

Geographic Medicine

EEH 625

Principles of Primary Care Research

EEH 632/MGH 632

Strategic and Operations Management in Health Care Systems

EEH 634

Managed Health Care: Current and Future Practices

CHB 501

Study of Health Behaviors

CHB 523

Introduction to Program Planning and Evaluation

CHB 528

The Public Health Practice of Tobacco Control

CHB 538

Community Health Assessment and Surveillance