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CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

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.

PREREQUISITES

Prerequisites will vary based on program emphasis and an applicant's educational background.

Before entering the Population Health Sciences PhD program, all applicants are required to have a graduate-level biostatistics course. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to take one semester of graduate-level epidemiology. In addition, applicants should be proficient in R statistical computing. It is also recommended that applicants have previous research experience.

CORE CURRICULUM

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

Catalogue Number Title Credit Hours

PHS 7020

Insights from Secondary Data

3

PHS 7030

Applied Modern Causal Inference

3

PHS 7100

Epidemiology Theory & Methods

3

PHS 7310

Comparative Health Systems Seminar I

2

PHS 7370

Social Determinants & Health Inequities

3

MDCRC 6450

Grant Writing

3

PHS 7970

Dissertation (minimum)

14

Total Number of Credits

31

EMPHASES CURRICULUM

BIOSTATISTICS

Emphasis

CURRICULUM

YEAR 0 CURRICULUM - required for students without Masters Degree

CLINICAL & TRANSLATIONAL EPIDEMIOLOGY

Emphasis

HEALTH SYSTEMS RESEARCH

Emphasis

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.

PHD COMPETENCIES

A LIST OF COMPETENCIES students are expected to gain from our PhD Program.

Contact Us

Questions? Contact us by phone or email:

Phone: 801-587-1606
Emailphsphd@hsc.utah.edu

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

Education Team

Marcie Leek, MPA

Academic Program Manager

Maureen Murtaugh, PhD

Director of Graduate Studies