Curriculum and Concentrations

The PhD program requires 90 credits, broken down into the following categories:

  • 36 credits of core coursework
  • 39 credits of elective coursework
  • 12 credits of dissertation research

In addition, there are two prerequisite courses that must be completed in the first semester of your program.

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Optional Concentrations

The Department of Epidemiology offers five concentrations to our PhD students, and participates in one additional interdisciplinary concentration offered by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute.


Prerequisites

PHC 6937: Introduction to Public Health for the Health Professions is not required for students who hold a CEPH-accredited MPH degree. Credit taken will count toward general elective credit.

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Core Courses (36 credits)

Statistics and Data Management (8 credits)

Epidemiologic Methods (15 credits)

Choose 9 additional credits from the below courses:

Doctoral Series (6 credits)

Writing Series (2 credits)

Ethics (2 credits)

Measurement (3 credits)

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Elective Courses (39 credits)

Statistics Electives (6 credits)

Choose from the below courses:

Epidemiology Electives (18 credits)

Choose from the below courses. Any core course offering not already taken for credit can also apply to this section.

General Electives (15 credits)

Choose any course relevant to your research interests or career goals. Any of the above listed courses not already taken for credit can also apply to this section.

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Dissertation Research (15 credits)

  • PHC 7979: Advanced Research (3 credits; pre-candidacy)
  • PHC 7980: Research for Doctoral Dissertation (12 credits; post-candidacy)

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Optional Concentrations

Concentrations allow PhD students to focus their elective coursework toward a single content area that interests them. All concentrations are completely optional, and students may enroll in up to two concentrations. All departmental concentrations are 9 credits and require that students submit either 1) dissertation aims, or 2) a first-authored publication, that documents independent research in the area of the concentration.


Cancer Epidemiology

Concentration Coordinator

Name Title Business Phone Email
Lusine Yaghjyan Lusine Yaghjyan AST PROF (352) 294-5940 lyaghjyan@ufl.edu

Genetic Epidemiology

Concentration Coordinator

Name Title Business Phone Email
Jinying Zhao Jinying Zhao Director, Division Of Genetic Epidemiology Professor, Department Of Epidemiology Preeminence Faculty (352) 273-5933 jzhao66@ufl.edu

Gero-Epidemiology

Concentration Coordinator

Name Title Business Phone Email
Catherine L Striley Catherine L Striley Associate Professor (352) 273-5359 cstriley@ufl.edu

Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Concentration Coordinator

Name Title Business Phone Email
Volker Mai Volker Mai Associate Professor (352) 273-9398 vmai@ufl.edu

Psychiatric Epidemiology

Concentration Coordinator

Name Title Business Phone Email
Catherine L Striley Catherine L Striley Associate Professor (352) 273-5359 cstriley@ufl.edu

Clinical and Translational Science Interdisciplinary Concentration

The Department of Epidemiology participates in the Clinical and Translational Science Interdisciplinary Concentration offered by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). Students must complete a separate application in order to enroll in this concentration. For more information about the concentration, visit the CTSI website.

  • GMS 6847: Translational Research and Therapeutics: Bench, Bedside, Community, & Policy (3 credits)
  • GMS 6893: Clinical and Translational Science Seminar Series (2 credits)
  • GMS 6895: CTS Journal Club (1 credit)
  • GMS 6945: Team Science (1 credit)
  • GMS 7877: Responsible Conduct of Biomedical Research (1 credit)
  • Choose 6 credits from approved CTS elective courses.

Program Administrator

Name Title Business Phone Email
Susan E Gardner Susan E Gardner Academic Program Spec II (352) 294-8335 sgard@ufl.edu

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