Doctoral Programs

The Program in Public Health offers three PhD programs: in Public Health with a choice of two concentrations: Global Health or Disease Prevention; in Environmental Health Sciences; and in Epidemiology:

Ph.D. in Public Health

Ph.D. in Public Health

M.S./Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences

  M.S./Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences
Not yet accredited by CEPH

Learning Outcomes:

1. Develop a broad knowledge of principles of environmental and occupational health sciences and apply these principles in the context of public health.

2. Conceive, develop, conduct, and interpret original research using a range of approaches, leading to advances in knowledge, methods, and practices in environmental and/or occupational health.

3. Develop and demonstrate written and oral communications skills by preparing papers, summaries, briefings and presentations regarding environmental and/or occupational health.

M.S./Ph.D. in Epidemiology

  Ph.D. in Epidemiology
Not yet accredited by CEPH

Learning Outcomes for the MS and PhD in Epidemiology:

1. Define, calculate and interpret measures of disease frequency and measures of association between exposures and outcomes;

2. Describe the major epidemiologic research study designs and their advantages and limitations;

3. Describe the major sources of bias in epidemiologic research (confounding, selection bias and measurement error) and the ways to evaluate and reduce the bias;

4. Define and evaluate effect modification;

5. Understand and differentiate between commonly used terms in epidemiology, including chance, bias and confounding, and approaches to mitigate the effects of each;

6. Effectively communicate methods, assumptions and results of an epidemiologic study, both orally and in writing;

7. Competency to plan and conduct a review of the existing peer-reviewed literature and of other sources in order to describe the current evidence for a specific scientific question;

8. Apply regression, classical methods of analysis of categorical data, and other appropriate statistical approaches to analyze epidemiologic data;

9. Demonstrate proficiency with a statistical software package, such as SAS or R to analyze and interpret epidemiologic data; and

10. Develop a research proposal that presents the study aims, scientific background, public health significance, and the detailed methods for carrying out the epidemiologic study.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the PhD in Epidemiology:

1. Formulate study questions that will advance scientific knowledge about a topic of public health importance;

2. Develop study procedures for the protection of rights of human subjects;

3. Competency to responsibly conduct research and to align with all relevant ethical standards and laws;

4. Make a clear oral presentation on the design and results of an epidemiologic study;

5. Demonstrate expertise in a substantive area of disease etiology, disease prevention, or clinical epidemiology;

6. Perform all the steps of conducting a hypothesis-driven epidemiologic study, from developing hypotheses, to designing, analyzing, and interpreting results, to writing up findings in the form of a publication-quality manuscript, as demonstrated by the PhD dissertation, which encourages production of two to three manuscripts judged to be suitable for publication.

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