The primary objective of the PhD program is to train epidemiologists as independent investigators in an academic or equivalent research positions, or in a position of professional leadership in a health or health-related agency where research is an important function.
Three elements comprise the program: coursework, comprehensive exam, and a dissertation.
Through coursework and a comprehensive examination, students will demonstrate a mastery of theories, methodological concepts, and substantive knowledge integral to epidemiology and their field of specialization.
Through the dissertation process, students will demonstrate the ability to undertake epidemiologic studies, including the ability to: 1) critically appraise and synthesize biomedical literature surrounding epidemiologic topics and concepts; 2) develop novel hypotheses that can be examined via epidemiological study; 3) develop practical epidemiological study designs aimed at testing these hypotheses and write scientific protocols that summarize research plans; 4) collect, analyze, and interpret data; and, 5) understand the implications of findings within appropriate population health, health services/policy, or clinical contexts.
The PhD program will take advantage of our existing graduate training and OCGS-certified strengths in the areas supported through faculty research: epidemiology and population health; health services and policy research; and clinical epidemiology.