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Department of Environmental Health

Division of Epidemiology

Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology

Program Summary

The training programs in Epidemiology stress environmental, clinical, molecular, genetic, quantitative, and community epidemiology.  Students are provided with the tools to plan and execute studies of various designs as well as analyze and interpret the results of their investigations.  Students also have the opportunity to take courses in many of the various subspecialties of epidemiology such as cancer, cardiovascular, infectious disease, pharmacological, pediatric, and neurological.  Courses are also available in other departments in the College of Medicine that can provide students with a further understanding of the basic biological processes underlying human disease.  Students are strongly encouraged to apply their training to ongoing research projects conducted by departmental faculty, faculty from other clinical departments in the College of Medicine, and clinical researchers working in affiliated health care institutions.

While the Master’s and Doctoral programs are similar in a number of respects, we regard the Doctoral program as an induction into the field as an expert and independent investigator who can plan and manage large-scale human clinical studies. Both the MS and PhD programs require that students propose and execute original studies that test hypotheses concerning risk factors for disease and/or approaches to disease prevention.


Required Courses

The PhD in Epidemiology requires a minimum of 90 credits and a research dissertation.
Course Course # Credit hours
Environmental Health Seminar BE-7001 4 hrs required
Epidemiology Seminar BE-8028 2 hrs required
Introduction to Biostatistics BE-7022 3
Introduction to Epidemiology BE-7076 2
Regression Analysis BE-7088 3
Experimental Design BE-7089 3
Introduction to SAS Programming BE-7078 1
Survey of Toxicology TOX-7082 2
Molecular Epidemiology BE-9073C 2
Design and Management of Field Studies in Epidemiology BE-9075 3

Categorical Data Analysis/Logistic Regression Analysis or Biostatistics in Research





Scientific Integrity or Ethics in Research





6 additional credits in epidemiology 6
6 additional credits in biostatistics 6
Electives varied