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The epidemiology PhD program requires a minimum of 90 semester credits beyond the bachelor’s degree. The requirements include a minimum of 9 credits in epidemiology foundation course work, which in most cases will be satisfied by a student’s master’s degree. It is anticipated that most students may have a directly related master’s degrees (i.e. Master of Science in epidemiology or Master of Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology or biostatistics). Regardless of master’s degree, all students will need to demonstrate that they have successfully completed the foundation courses in order to take more advanced epidemiology course work. All students must complete a 37-38 hours of epidemiology core courses, 15 credits of a concentration, 14-15 credits of general electives (which can be satisfied by master’s degree course work if approved by the supervisory committee), and 12 credits of dissertation work. Students must also complete a teaching experience, which can be fulfilled via a teaching assistantship or other experience requiring college-level classroom teaching. All entering students who do not hold MPH or equivalent degrees are also required to complete an introduction to public health course.
The University of Florida PhD program is mentor driven. All applicants are reviewed with the expectation that they will work with a primary mentor and receive graduate assistant funding to work on research projects and/or teach, if a full-time student during their course of studies.
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 Association of Schools 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.
Specific course requirements, including biostatistical and other elective options, offered are described at the program website: (http://epidemiologyphd.health.ufl.edu/)