Sep 22, 2019  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 

Epidemiology (Medicine)

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Epidemiology Program Information

The Ph.D. in Epidemiology program is in the Department of Epidemiology, which is jointly governed by both the College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Medicine. The program requires a minimum of 90 semester credits beyond the bachelor’s degree. All students must complete a minimum of 9 credits in Epidemiology foundation course work, at least 36 credits of epidemiology core courses, 6 credits of statistics electives, 18 credits of epidemiology electives, 15 credits of general electives, and 12 credits of dissertation research. All entering students who do not hold MPH or equivalent degrees are also required by the College of Public Health and Health Professions to complete an Introduction to Public Health course.

Students in the Ph.D. program in Epidemiology are admitted to work with a research mentor on that mentor’s project, and that research mentor funds the student. Other funding sources are available such as the Graduate School and the Department.

The core course work is designed to incorporate competencies recommended in the report of the 2002 workshop on doctoral education in epidemiology from the American College of Epidemiology and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, and criteria for applied epidemiology competencies. The overall outcomes expected of all graduates are as follows:

1. Apply epidemiological methods to address critical and/or emerging public health issues through the use of:

  • Appropriate epidemiological research designs
  • Advanced statistical analysis methods for health studies
  • Data structures and measurement methods for health research
  • Biological, behavioral and social theory applied to the understanding and prevention of contemporary threats to health and well-being
  • Depth of knowledge in an area of specialization

2. Assimilate the history, philosophy, and ethical principles of epidemiology into current research

3. Develop grant proposals and manage research projects

4. Write scientific papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals, and communicate research results to scientists, policy makers, and the public

5. Compete successfully for research and teaching positions in academic institutions, federal or state agencies, or private institutions.

Details of the Ph.D. in Epidemiology program and application information are available at our website:

The Master of Science in Epidemiology degree is offered by the Department of Epidemiology, which is jointly governed by both the College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Medicine. The 36 credit program prepares students for careers in the public health arena that are focused on the surveillance and prevention of illnesses among diverse populations around the world.  Students are trained in the foundational aspects of epidemiology including person, place and time, risk and protective factors, and the social determinants of health.  Areas of focus include: chronic disease, infectious disease, geriatric, environmental, psychiatric, social, cancer and maternal and child health epidemiology.

Graduates of the M.S. in Epidemiology program are trained to:

  • Apply surveillance, assessment, evaluation, and other foundational epidemiological research designs to areas of interest,
  • Choose appropriate measurement and analytic methods to study health and disease in a population,
  • Utilize biological, behavioral and social theory to understand how to prevent and intervene to promote the public health.

The program consists of required coursework and the successful completion of a thesis. The thesis is required to demonstrate skill in independent inquiry and investigation, under the tutelage of a mentor. Students may complete the course in three semesters with 36 credits.

An online 15 hour Certificate in Psychiatric Epidemiology is available for mental health professionals to address critical global mental health challenges.

More program information, including specific course requirements and elective options, is described at the program website:

Degrees Offered with a Major in Epidemiology

Doctor of Philosophy

without a concentration

concentration in Clinical and Translational Science

Master of Science

College of Medicine Courses

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