Epidemiology Concentration (PhD)

Epidemiology Concentration (PhD)

Epidemiology is a scientific discipline commonly defined as the study of the distribution and determinants of disease and injury in human populations. This broad scope includes understanding the distribution, patterns and causes of adverse health outcomes as well as those associated with their control and prevention, and the complex interaction of factors that play a role in these processes. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology is designed to prepare students for careers in health agencies; for consultation, especially in the public fields; for independent epidemiological research; and for academic careers in schools of public health and medicine. A concentration in epidemiology prepares students to advance the scientific understanding of health and disease with an emphasis on urban and marginalized populations.

The educational objectives of the epidemiology concentration are to provide knowledge on methods for determining the causes of disease and for evaluating health services, programs, and treatments; develop concepts and statistical skills to conduct, study, analyze, and monitor the distribution and determinants of disease and other outcome measures; apply basic methodological skills to analyze discrete problems in health; acquire critical thinking for problem-solving and developing research protocols; and use the problem-solving approach for collection, analysis, and synthesis of data.

The broad epidemiologic research areas within the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics are identification of the determinants of ill health and evaluation of interventions to improve health and reduce the burden of disease. Our aim is to conduct research which is methodologically novel and which provides reliable information for evidence-based decision making in public health. There is a strong emphasis on urban health issues and the translation of findings into program action and health policy. Our faculty research interests are multidisciplinary. Currently research activities within the division includes, epidemiologic studies of tobacco control and global health, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome, substance use, violence and injury, HIV/AIDS, and other sexually transmitted diseases, and many urban-associated disorders.
Required Concentration Courses:

  • PH 9731 Epidemiologic Methods III
  • PH 9741 Advanced Topics in Epidemiologic Methods
  • PH 8830 Advanced Statistical Topics
Required Advanced Research Methods and Statistics Courses:
Select at least 2 courses in consultation with the Faculty Advisor.

  • PH 8885 Fundamentals of Clinical Trials
  • PH 8890 Special Topics in Biostatistics
  • STAT 8440 Survival Data Analysis
  • STAT 8760 Sample Surveys
  • EPRS 8830 Survey Research, Sampling Principles and Questionnaire Design
  • EPRS 8840 Meta-Analysis
  • EPRS8840 Meta-Analysis
  • EPRS 9560 Structural Equation Modeling
  • EPRS 9550 Multivariate Analysis

Other appropriate research methods/statistics courses may be approved by the Faculty Advisor on the Doctoral Program of Study form.

Required Ph.D. EPID Concentration Elective Courses:
Select at least 4 courses in consultation with the Faculty Advisor.

  • PH 7265 Epidemiology & the Prevention of Violence
  • PH 7275 Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • PH 7280 Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • PH 7290 Case Studies in Epidemiology
  • PH 7365 Epidemiology of Adolescent Risk Behaviors
  • PH 8285 Social Determinants of Health
  • PH 8790 Special Topics in Epidemiology

Other appropriate Ph.D. EPIP elective courses may be approved by the Faculty Advisor on the Doctoral Program of Study form.


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