Our curriculum is designed to prepare students to formulate hypotheses, design and conduct population studies, and evaluate research findings in the context of risk factors, vulnerable populations, and disease outcomes. Doctoral students in our program will acquire the research skills necessary to make discoveries that advance understanding of the determinants of health and strategies to prevent disease.
The degree program requires a total of 84 units: 10 core courses, 4 required courses specific to each concentration (Global Health or Disease Prevention), and additional units for dissertation research and approved electives. Our core courses include courses in research design; research proposal development; ethics and responsible conduct of research; epidemiologic methods; quantitative methods; qualitative methods; research communication; and directed research. More detailed information on our curriculum is available in our PhD Handbook, and links to sample programs can be found below.
Each student is assigned a first-year faculty advisor who will guide the student toward developing a curriculum plan, initiation of research, and selection of the members of the dissertation committee including a dissertation advisor. Our doctoral students typically complete most course requirements during the first two years and advance to doctoral candidacy during the third year. Advancement to candidacy requires mastery of required courses and successful oral defense of an original dissertation research proposal. Finally, upon completing their dissertation research students submit and defend a written doctoral dissertation.