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  School of Public Health 2022-2024 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Programs Epidemiology Overview  


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Public Health - Epidemiology

Emily Barrett, Ph.D., M.A., Vice Chair and Concentration Director

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The Ph.D. in public health degree requires a minimum of 72 credits for completion. Candidates for the Ph.D. in public health are required to enroll full time, participate in Doctoral Colloquium each fall and spring semester (Year 1 and 2), attend Ph.D. seminar each fall and spring semester (every year), fulfill a teaching requirement, be immersed in research, complete written and oral qualifying examinations, as well as complete and defend original dissertation research. Ph.D. in public health students complete required and elective coursework during the first year of two years full-time study and then begin their dissertation research in the third year of full-time study after successfully passing the qualifying examination.

Through doctoral-level research, Ph.D. in public health students will develop expertise on a single topic, design and implement a research project, integrate and interpret complex data, and complete a comprehensive dissertation. Students must plan this carefully. Although students will work closely with faculty advisers, students bear responsibility for developing research of publishable quality. The curriculum and academic progress of all doctoral students is monitored by the Research and Doctoral Studies Committee and the Academic Progression Committee.

The Ph.D. in public health - epidemiology degree offers students rigorous training in the concepts, methods and analytic  approaches used in epidemiology to understand the distribution and causes of health in populations.
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