PhD in Epidemiology

The PhD in Epidemiology is a terminal research degree granted on evidence of overall proficiency in epidemiology and particularly on the ability to apply the skills in an independent investigation as demonstrated in a dissertation presenting original research with a high degree of literary skill.

The core coursework of the PhD program was designed to incorporate competencies recommended by the American College of Epidemiology and the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists’ Applied Epidemiology Competencies: Competencies for Applied Epidemiologists in Governmental Public Health Agencies.


Graduates of the PhD in Epidemiology program will be able to:

  • Apply epidemiological methods to address critical and/or emerging public health and clinical research issues through the use of:
    • Appropriate epidemiological research designs
    • Advanced statistical analysis methods for health studies
    • Data structures and measurement methods for health research
    • Biological, behavioral, and social theory applied to the understanding and prevention of contemporary threats to health and well-being
    • Depth of knowledge in an area of specialization
  • Assimilate the history, philosophy, and ethical principles of epidemiology into current research
  • Develop grant proposals and manage research projects
  • Write scientific papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals, and communicate research results to scientists, policy makers, and the public
  • Compete successfully for research and teaching positions in academic institutions, federal or state agencies, or private institutions

The program consists of the following requirements:

  • 90 credits of coursework
    • 36 credits of core coursework
    • 39 credits of elective coursework
    • 15 credits of dissertation research
  • Formation a Supervisory Committee of at least four members in the first year of the program
  • A 3.0 GPA overall and a 3.0 GPA in the epidemiology core courses
  • A 3.0 GPA in any minor courses, if a minor is declared
  • Maintenance of appropriate professional conduct throughout the program
  • Successful completion of a preliminary and qualifying comprehensive examination
  • Preparation and successful defense of a dissertation proposal and admission to candidacy
  • Preparation and successful oral defense of a dissertation

Program Administration

Deepthi S Varma

Deepthi S Varma

Faculty
Phone: (352) 294-5941
Abigail L Hummel

Abigail L Hummel

Academic Program Assistant
Phone: (352) 273-5961

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