Curriculum

The curriculum of this four-year program is designed to be interdisciplinary including core courses completed by all students, regardless of their chosen emphasis. Students apply directly into one of three emphases: Biostatistics, Clinical and Translational Epidemiology, or Health Systems Research.

Credits

Students who hold a relevant master’s degree take a minimum of 62 credits to earn a PhD in Population Health Sciences. Students who do not have a previous master’s degree take a minimum of 80 credits to earn a PhD in Population Health Sciences.

Pre-Requisites

Students are strongly encouraged to take one semester of graduate level epidemiology and at least two semesters of graduate statistics before entering the Population Health Sciences PhD program. Students should be proficient in at least one statistical package (SAS, STATA or R).

Core Curriculum

Population Health Sciences students will take the core courses as described below.

Course Prefix and Number Title Credit Hours
Required Courses
PHS 7000 Biostatistics for Clinical Research 3
PHS 7020 Analysis of Secondary Data 4
PHS 7030 Applied Modern Causal Inference 2
WRTG 7060 or WRTG 7080 Scientific Writing (WRTG 7060) or Scientific Writing (WRTG 7080) 3
PHS 7100 Foundations of Population and Clinical Health 3
PHS 7310 Comparative Health Systems Seminar I 2
PHS 7305 Research Compliance Training 1
Total Number of Credits 18

Biostatistics Emphasis

Population Health Sciences PhD- Biostatistics Emphasis Years 1–4

Course Prefix and Number Title Credit Hours
Required Courses
PHS 7000 Biostatistics for Clinical Research 3
PHS 7010 Analysis of Multilevel Data 3
PHS 7020 Analysis of Secondary Data 4
PHS 7030 Applied Modern Causal Inference 2
PHS 7035 Theory of Modern Causal Inference 2
FP MD6107 or FP MD 7130* Survival Analysis or Longitudinal Data Analysis 3
WRTG 7060 or WRTG 7080 Scientific Writing (WRTG 7060) or Writing in the Health Sciences (WRTG 7080)I 3
PHS 7100 Foundations of Population and Clinical Health 3
PHS 7500 Special Topics Biostatistics 3
PHS 7310 Comparative Health Systems Seminar I 2
PHS 7305 Research Compliance Training 1
PHS 7900 Dissertation Work (minimum) 18
Sub-Total 47
Elective Courses
Directed Elective from Departmental Approved List 3
Directed Elective from Departmental Approved List 3
Directed Elective from Departmental Approved List 3
Directed Elective from Departmental Approved List 3
Directed Elective from Departmental Approved List 3
Sub-Total 15
Minimum Number of Credits with previous MS 62
Minimum Number of Credits without previous MS 80

* Qualified students may substitute one of the classes from the mathematical statistics directed electives.

Health Systems Research Emphasis

Population Health Sciences PhD - Health Systems Research Emphasis Years 1–4

Course Prefix and Number Title Credit Hours
Required Courses
PHS 7000 Biostatistics for Clinical Research 3
PHS 7200 Health Systems Research Methods 3
PHS 7020 Analysis of Secondary Data 4
PHS 7030 Applied Modern Causal Inference 2
PHS 7310 Comparative Health Systems Seminar I 2
PHS 7320 Comparative Health Systems Seminar Domestic 1
PHS 7330 Comparative Health Systems Seminar International 1
PHS 7315 Comparative Health Systems Survey I 1
PHS 7325 Comparative Health Systems Survey Domestic 1
PHS 7335 Comparative Health Systems Survey International 2
WRTG 7060 or WRTG 7080 Scientific Writing (WRTG 7060) or Writing for the Health Sciences (WRTG 7080) 3
PHS 7100 Foundations of Population and Clinical Health 3
PADMN 6190 or FPMD 7140 Health Policy 3
ECON 6190 or ECON 7320 Health Economics 3
MDCRC 6120 Cost Effectiveness Analysis 1
FPMD 6600 Social Context of Medicine and Public Health 3
MDCRC 6260 Health Measurement and Survey Methods 2
PHS 7305 Compliance Training 1
MDCRC 6450 Grant Writing 2.5
PHS 7900 Dissertation (minimum) 18
Sub-Total 59.5
Elective Courses
Directed Elective 3
Sub-Total 3
Minimum Number of Credits with previous MS (including Dissertation) 62.5
Minimum Number of Credits without previous MS 80.5

Qualifying Exam

After completing their coursework (generally by the conclusion of the spring semester of their second year), students will take a qualifying examination to assess their knowledge within their specific discipline and of the tools of research required in PHS.

CONTACT US

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Williams Building, Room 1N490
295 Chipeta Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Phone: 801-587-2100
Email: phs@hsc.utah.edu