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MS and PhD in Epidemiology

Epidemiology is the scientific discipline primarily concerned with identifying the distribution and causes of disease in populations, and as such, encompasses a rich methodology including observational and experimental study designs, statistical methods, an understanding of pathogens, environmental and behavioral risk factors, and human biology. Epidemiological methods have evolved to meet threats of global infectious diseases and the complex health challenges presented by an aging population, as well as to capitalize on the expanding understanding of human genetics. As the fundamental discipline of public health, epidemiology provides essential knowledge to design, implement, and assess approaches to effectively prevent disease and improve quality of life in the population.

Requirements MS in Epidemiology PhD in Epidemiology
Total Credits Required 33 credits 65 credits
Core Courses
(9-12 credits)
PHS: 797, 798 and 805 or 806 PHS: 797, 798, 805, 806
Statistics
(10-13 Credits)
PHS: 451, 551, 552 PHS: 451, 551, 552, 651, 652 (or equivalent)
Responsible Conduct of Research
(1 to 3 credits)
Examples: Med HIST 545, 728, 734, NURSING 802, etc. Examples: Med HIST 545, 728, 734, NURSING 802, etc.
PhD Minor
(9 credits)
N/A Course selection varies (Link)
Seminar PHS: 820 (1 credit)
1 credit required
PHS: 820 (1 credit)
2 total credits required
Research Credit PHS: 990 Thesis Research
Maximum of 5 credits can be applied to degree requirements
PHS: 990 Dissertation Research
Maximum of 11 credits can be applied to degree requirements
Independent Study PHS: 699 credit varies
Maximum of 3 credits can be applied to degree requirements
PHS: 699 credit varies
Maximum of 6 credits can be applied to degree requirements
Specialization Courses 9 credits (see Academic Guide for list) 12 credits (see Academic Guide for list)
Other Elective Courses 4 credits (can include 699 or 990 courses) 15 credits (can include 699 or 990 courses)
Other Requirements Thesis Passing the qualifying exam Prelim A&B, Dissertation
  • Students are expected to attend and to participate in the Monday and Wednesday Departmental and Graduate Seminars each semester.
  • All students are expected to enroll (for credit) in Seminar 820 during the semester in which they will present their research.

Course Titles:

PHS 451 Introduction to SAS Programming for Population Health (1 cr) Fall [syllabus]

PHS 551 Introduction to Biostatistics for Population Health (3 cr) Fall [syllabus]

PHS 552 Regression Methods for Population Health I (3 cr) Spring [syllabus]

PHS 651 Advanced Regression Methods for Population Health (3 cr) Fall [syllabus]

PHS 652 Topics in Advanced Biostatistics for Epidemiology (3 cr) Spring [syllabus]

PHS 797 Introduction to Epidemiology, (3 cr), Fall [syllabus]

PHS 798 Epidemiologic Methods, (3 cr), Spring [syllabus]

PHS 805 Advanced Epidemiology: Causal Inference in Epidemiological Studies (3 cr), Fall [syllabus]

PHS 806 Advanced Epidemiology: The Practice of Epidemiology (3 cr) [syllabus]

MHS 545 Ethical and Regulatory Issues in Clinical Investigation (1 cr) Fall [syllabus]

MHS 734 Graduate Studies in Medical Ethics (1 cr) Taught periodically in Spring [syllabus]

MHS 728 Bioethics and Society (3cr) Spring [syllabus]

NRS 802 Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research (1 cr) Spring [syllabus]

PHS 820 Graduate Research Seminar (1 cr) Fall and Spring [syllabus]