Biostatistics & Epidemiology

Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in Epidemiology (72 credits)

The DrPH degree in Epidemiology offers students rigorous training in epidemiologic concepts, methods and study designs suitable for implementing or evaluating public health programs. Upon completion of the degree, students will be able to demonstrate the following skills and competencies: design, develop and implement research studies or programs with direct public health application; formulate specific hypotheses and determine an appropriate study design and analysis plan using quantitative data analysis techniques; evaluate public health programs and conduct of public health surveillance; apply survey research methods to design reliable and valid measurement instruments; cultural competence and ability to effectively work on multidisciplinary teams (scientists, non-scientists and stakeholders); integrate principles of community-based participatory research in the design of public health programs; translate epidemiologic research findings for public policy; knowledge of principles of prevention and intervention; knowledge of public health law, jurisdiction and public health ethics, including Institutional Review Board guidelines; proficiency in communicating with the public media and policy makers; and familiarity with budgeting a major public health program.

**UPDATE** Please note we are not accepting applications to the DrPH degree program for the 2017-2018 academic year as we revise the DrPH curriculum. The PhD degree program is accepting applications.

Competencies

Competencies for the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) 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.

**UPDATE** Please note we are not accepting applications to the DrPH degree program for the 2017-2018 academic year as we revise the DrPH curriculum. The PhD degree program is accepting applications.

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

  • DrPH Common Competencies
    • Apply qualitative and quantitative research approaches to address issues at the community and population level
    • Integrate knowledge, approaches, methods, values and potential contributions from multiple professions and systems in addressing public health problems
    • Deliver training or educational experiences that promote learning in academic, organizational and community settings
    • Design system-level interventions that influence population health outcomes in multi-disciplinary team approaches that promote health equity and disease prevention
  • Epidemiology Concentration Competencies
    • Conduct independent epidemiologic literature reviews and summarize studies using qualitative and quantitative techniques
    • Utilize epidemiologic skills for the design, development and implementation of research studies or programs with direct public health application
    • Formulate specific hypotheses and determine an appropriate study design and analysis plan using quantitative data analysis techniques
    • Design and implement studies to conduct outbreak investigations
    • Develop expertise in evaluation of public health programs and conduct of public health surveillance
    • 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
    • Demonstrate sufficient skills in cultural competence
    • Develop skills to effectively work on multidisciplinary teams, including scientists and community and other stakeholders
    • Integrate principles of community-based participatory research in the design of public health programs
    • Develop skills in translating epidemiologic research findings for public policy
    • Demonstrate knowledge of public health law, jurisdiction and public health ethics, including anticipating and following Institutional Review Board expectations and requirements
    • Develop proficiency in communicating with public media and policy makers, especially in regards to risk assessment
    • Demonstrate skills in budgeting a major public health program
    • Demonstrate competency in teaching epidemiologic research methods at the graduate level

Curriculum

Curriculum for the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in Epidemiology (72 credits)

Students seeking the DrPH in Epidemiology degree must complete a minimum of 72 credits of academic work with a minimum GPA of least 3.2 overall and a 3.2 in the set of required courses specified by their department; earn no more than nine (9) credits bearing grades less than B; and complete the degree requirements within nine years. Courses are three credit hours unless otherwise noted.

**UPDATE** Please note we are not accepting applications to the DrPH degree program for the 2017-2018 academic year as we revise the DrPH curriculum. The PhD degree program is accepting applications.

  • PREREQUISITES
    • BIST 0654 - Biocomputing 1 (or equivalent)
    • Completed an MPH
  • CORE COURSES (15 credits)
    • PHCO 0501 - Health Systems and Policy
    • PHCO 0502 - Principles and Methods of Epidemiology (Prerequisite: Quantitative Skills Assessment)
    • PHCO 0503 - Introduction to Environmental Health
    • PHCO 0504 - Introduction to Biostatistics (Prerequisite: Quantitative Skills Assessment)
    • PHCO 0505 - Health Education and Behavioral Science in Public Health
  • REQUIRED COURSES (30 credits)
    Semesters when the required courses will be offered are noted for your course planning.
    • EPID 0552 - Infectious Disease Epidemiology
    • EPID 0652 - Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases
    • EPID 0656 - Intermediate Epidemiologic Research Methods (Spring)
    • EPID 0657 - Applied Methods in Epidemiologic Research (Fall)
    • BIST 0551 - Applied Regression Analysis for Public Health Studies (Fall/Spring)
    • BIST 0615 - Categorical Data Analysis
    • PHEL 0698 - Special Topic for DrPH Students
    • URHA 0608 - Leadership for Non Profit Sector
  • -also-
  • Choose one of the following two:
    • HEBS 0663 - Intermediate Survey Research Methods (Spring)
    • EPID 0621 - Survey Research Methods Questionnaire Design
  • -also-
  • Choose one of the following two:
    • HEBS 0682 - Evaluation Research Methods
    • HSAP 0617 - Health Services Research & Evaluation
  • REQUIRED PRACTICUM (3 credits)
    • PRAC 0705 - Practicum Experience
  • REQUIRED RESEARCH (24 credits)
    • RESH 0760 - Doctoral Research