Department of
At New Brunswick and Newark

PhD in Epidemiology (72 credits)

Each Department identifies competencies for each degree offered. These competencies reflect the full range of knowledge, skills, and other attributes that a student will acquire as a result of completing the requirements for a particular degree.

Upon graduation, a student completing the PhD curriculum in Epidemiology will be able to:

  • Critique epidemiologic literature, assess its strengths and weaknesses and determine if conclusions(s) are supported;
  • Conduct independent epidemiologic literature reviews and summarize studies using qualitative and quantitative techniques;
  • Quantitatively assess patterns and changes in disease occurrence using epidemiologic techniques;
  • Formulate specific hypotheses and determine an appropriate study design and analysis plan using quantitative data analysis techniques;
  • Analyze and interpret epidemiologic data appropriately, including data from large national and state level datasets;
  • Design and implement studies to investigate causes of disease;
  • Design and implement clinical trials as applied to public health research and interventions;
  • Design reliable and valid measurement instruments;
  • Design, implement and assess ordinary data collection systems for public health research, including quality control for data entry;
  • Apply principles of intervention and prevention in public health settings;
  • Develop skills to effectively work on multidisciplinary teams, including scientists and non-scientists;
  • Communicate and present study findings to professional audiences;
  • Originate. design and implement new studies in the field that are worthy of publication and grant support;
  • Demonstrate competency in teaching epidemiologic research methods at the graduate level;
  • Maintain high public health ethical standards; and
  • Anticipate and follow Institutional Review Board expectations and requirements.