Degree Requirements

The PhD in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences program requires a minimum of 96 semester hours. Students must complete a minimum of 9 semester hours in formal 500 series courses in major area of concentration (not necessarily in one division). Students must also complete 6 semester hours in a collateral area. The 595 seminar series may not be counted towards fulfillment of this requirement.

PhD Student Handbook

School-Wide Core Requirements (minimum 46 semester hours)

  • BSTT 400 – Biostatistics I (4 semester hours)
  • BSTT 401 – Biostatistics II (4 semester hours)
  • EPID 403 – Introduction to Epidemiology: Principles and Methods (3 semester hours)
  • IPHS 520 – Public Health Frameworks for Researchers (required for all PhD students without an MPH degree) (3 semester hours)
  • IPHS 599 – PhD Dissertation Research (minimum 32 semester hours)

Note:  BSTT 400 and BSTT 401 are only required if not previously taken at the master’s level.

Divisional Core Requirements (21-22 semester hours)

  • EOHS 401 – Ethics and Justice in Environmental and Occupational Health (2 semester hours)
  • EOHS 402 – Systems Approaches to Environmental and Occupational Health (4 semester hours)
  • EOHS 501 – Exposure Assessment Strategies (3 semester hours)
  • EOHS 502 – Environment, Toxicology, and Disease (4 semester hours)
  • EOHS 495 – Seminar in Environmental and Occupational Health Science (1 semester hour)
  • EOHS 556 – Risk Assessment for Environmental and Occupational Health (3 semester hours)
  • EOHS 595 – PhD Seminar in EOHS (1 semester hour, enrollment to be repeated at least four semesters) (4 semester hours)

Methods selective: students should select one course from the following lists of courses in qualitative or quantitative methods, to be selected according to academic needs and research activities.

Electives (9 semester hours)*

Students are required to complete 9 semester hours of 500-level courses related to their declared area of concentration and 6 semester hours of 500-level courses related to their declared collateral area. EOHS 595 cannot be applied towards these requirements. In addition, students are required to take electives to obtain a minimum of 96 semester hours.

* Students without a prior master’s degree in public health or a related area will be required to complete 37 semester hours of electives.