Not accepting applications for Fall 2018

Description

Graduates rigorously apply scientific methods to understand and solve epidemiological and bio-statistical public health challenges.

Admissions Requirements:

  • Completed SOPHAS application
  • GRE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least 1 should be an academic reference)
  • CV/Resume indicating at least three years of prior relevant teaching, research or programmatic work experience.
  • A personal statement (up to 1500 words)
  • Completion of a Masters of Public Health degree. Applicants with a Masters or higher level degree in another discipline will need to take five core Masters level public health courses. If accepted to the DPH program, three courses must be completed prior to enrollment and the remaining two within the first year of matriculation: Biostatistics; Epidemiology; Environmental Health; Social and Behavioral Health and; Health Policy and Management.

Additional Concentration Requirements:
At least three Masters’ level quantitative research courses (e.g. biostatistics, epidemiology and research methods), preferably with grades of A- or better.

Application Deadline:  December 15

Competencies

  • Determine the influence of social, cultural, historical, behavioral and biological factors in population health.
  • Operationalize studies of the complex interactions between multiple determinants of population health in a variety of settings, exploiting the differences between settings as a source of insight
  • Design and implement research projects that:
  1. Quantify health and the burden of disease in populations
  2. Perform surveys and risk factor analyses
  3. Apply causal inference to study design, study implementation and data analysis
  4. Identify vulnerable populations and their attributes; apply rigorous methods to examine and monitor health disparities
  5. Identify effective interventions to improve population health equitably
  6. Evaluate the effectiveness of interventions designed to improve population health
  7. Give appropriate attention to the potential for bias, as well as exposure and outcome measurement issues
  • Conduct public health surveillance of diseases, events, and health states, as well as their risk factors and drivers
  • Demonstrate mastery of causal inference and apply these techniques to scientific questions relevant to at least two current public health issues or population groups that are relevant to the student’s substantive content interests.
  • Identify and apply appropriate biostatistical approaches to analyses that address epidemiological questions in public health research and practice.
  • Present empiric findings persuasively to a wide array of audiences (oral and written)
  • Work with colleagues to translate epidemiologic findings into practicable interventions
  • Teaching epidemiologic methods to students, more junior colleagues or to others in public health (optional)

 

Curriculum

Core Courses (18 credits) PUBH 810 Cities, Society, and Health
PUBH 812 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Urban Health Research
BIOS 820 Applied Biostatistics I
PUBH 813 Qualitative Research Methods with Application to Urban Health
PUBH 814 Leadership & Organizational Change Seminar
EPID 820 Epidemiologic Methods I
Concentration Courses (21 credits) EPID 821 Epidemiologic Methods II
EPID 822 Epidemiologic Methods III
EPID 823 Epidemiologic Methods IV
BIOS 821 Applied Biostatistics II
Three (3) advanced research methods or track-specific practice courses, one of which must be from a Graduate Center program

outside of Public Health (DPH courses that are cross-listed with another program can count toward this requirement).

Practice Experience (3 credits) PUBH 896 Practicum Project
Examinations Students in all cohorts and all tracks take two examinations to test their mastery of the curriculum. Students must apply in advance to take each exam and students must be in good academic standing to apply. The First Exam is given after students have completed core coursework. Students work on the Second Exam after all required coursework has been completed except PUBH 816 and the dissertation (PUBH 900 & PUBH 898). Students cannot take PUBH 816 or begin their dissertation research until they have passed this exam.
Seminars (6 credits) PUBH 815 Advanced Research Seminar I
PUBH 816 Advanced Research Seminar II
PUBH 898 Dissertation Seminar
Culminating Experience (0 credits) PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision
Total Required Credits 48

 

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Course Credits
Year 1 Fall PUBH 810 Cities, Society, and Health 3
BIOS 820 Applied Biostatistics I 3
EPID 820 Epidemiologic Methods I 3
Year 1 Spring PUBH 812 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Urban Health Research 3
PUBH 813 Qualitative Research Methods with Application to Urban Health 3
Track Selective I 3
Year 1 Summer The First Exam 0
Year 2 Fall PUBH 815 Advanced Research Seminar I or PUBH 814 Leadership & Organizational Change Seminar 3
BIOS 821 Applied Biostatistics II 3
EPID 821 Epidemiologic Methods II 3
Year 2 Spring EPID 822 Epidemiologic Methods III 3
Track Selective II 3
Track Selective III 3
Year 3 Fall PUBH 896 Practicum Project (Summer optional) 3
EPID 823 Epidemiologic Methods IV 3
PUBH 815 Advanced Research Seminar I or PUBH 814 Leadership & Organizational Change Seminar 3
Year 3 Spring The Second Exam (Winter) 0
PUBH 816 Advanced Research Seminar II 3
Year 4 Fall PUBH 898 Dissertation Seminar 0
PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0
Year 4 Spring PUBH 898 Dissertation Seminar 0
PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0
Year 5 Fall PUBH 898 Dissertation Seminar 0
PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0
Year 5 Spring PUBH 898 Dissertation Seminar 0
PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0