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.
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.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to take one semester of graduate level epidemiology and at least two semesters of graduate level statistics before entering the Population Health Sciences PhD Programs. Applicants should also be proficient in at least one statistical package (SAS, STATA, R). It is also recommended that applicants have previous research experience.
Population Health Sciences students will take the core courses as described below.
|Course Prefix and Number||Title||Credit Hours|
|PHS 7100||Epidemiology Theory and Methods||3|
|PHS 7020||Insights from Secondary Data||3|
|PHS 7030||Applied Modern Causal Inference||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|
Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Emphasis
Health Systems Research Emphasis
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.