Degree Requirements

The program requires a minimum of 96 semester hours of credit, including up to 32 credits transferred from a masters degree, and 32 credits for dissertation research. Students who waive courses must still accumulate 96 credits to graduate, but the total may be reached with additional research hours or methods courses.

With consent of the advisor, a student may replace a required course with a relevant substitute.

PhD Student Handbook

Masters Level Courses (16 - 18 semester hours)

  • IPHS 594 – Public Health Frameworks for Researchers (required for students without an MPH)
  • BSTT 401 – Biostatistics II (4 semester hours)
  • EPID 406 – Epidemiologic Computing (prerequisite for EPID 404) (3 semester hours)
  • EPID 404 – Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods (4 semester hours)

Select one of the following courses:

  • CHSC 511 – Maternal and Child Health Delivery Systems (4 semester hours)
  • CHSC 543 – Maternal and Child Health Policy and Advocacy (3 semester hours)

Select one of the following courses:

  • EPID 409 – The Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS (2 semester hours)
  • EPID 410 – Introduction to Infectious Disease Epidemiology (2 semester hours)
  • EPID 411 – Introduction to Chronic Disease Epidemiology (3 semester hours)
  • EPID 594 – Surveillance (3 semester hours)

Theory Courses (6 semester hours)

  • CHSC 550 – Advanced Theories and Topics in Community Health Sciences (3 semester hours)
  • CHSC 551 – Advanced Research Methods for Community Health Sciences (3 semester hours)

Advanced Research Method Courses (6 semester hours)

  • EPID / CHSC 518 – Epidemiology of Pediatric Diseases (3 semester hours)
  • EPID / CHSC 548 – Readings in Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology (3 semester hours)

Advanced Analytic Methods Courses

  • BSTT 505 – Logistic Regression & Survival Analysis (prerequisite for EPID 501) (2 semester hours)
  • EPID 501 – Advanced Quantitative Methods in Epidemiology (4 semester hours)
  • EPID / CHSC 549 – Advanced Applied Methods in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology (3 semester hours)
  • PA 588 – Survey Data Reduction and Analysis (online only) (4 semester hours)

Select one of the following courses:

  • BSTT 537 – Longitudinal Data Analysis (4 semester hours)
  • EPSY 512 – Hierarchical Linear Models (4 semester hours)

Dissertation (32 semester hours)

  • IPHS 599 – PhD Dissertation Research (32 semester hours)

Electives

At least one biological science class (4 semester hours) relevant to student’s research area is required if a student has no prior biological sciences background.