PhD in Epidemiology

PhD in Epidemiology

The PhD program in epidemiology trains epidemiologists as researchers and public health practitioners in New York City and around the world. The program promotes lifelong learning in development and application of epidemiologic methods. The training includes rigorous coursework in epidemiology, biostatistics and electives as well as research-based dissertation and teaching experience. Upon graduation students will be prepared to conduct independent and collaborative research in public health as well as teach graduate level courses in epidemiology.

Admissions Requirements
  • Completed SOPHAS application. All applications must be submitted via SOPHAS.
  • GRE scores within the past five years
  • Completion of a master’s degree in epidemiology or biostatistics, or relevant subject area with a minimum of two graduate-level epidemiologic method courses and two graduate-level statistics courses.
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one of which is an academic reference)
  • A resume/CV indicating experience in public health, research/data analysis, and/or teaching
  • A personal statement (up to 1000 words)
  • TOEFL scores, if language of instruction for prior degrees was not English
  • Transcript evaluation from World Education Services for all applicants with non-US transcript
Deadline
Fall 2020: We will begin accepting applications starting on August 15, 2019. The deadline is December 1, 2019.

Core Competencies

  • Critically analyze research for appropriateness of study design, sample, measures, data analysis, results, interpretation and dissemination.
  • Design a feasible study and apply appropriate research methods to answer public health research questions.
  • Develop professional skills in scientific writing, oral communication, and teaching.
  • Uphold the highest ethical standards in planning, conducting, and analyzing research, including the involvement of human subjects.
  • Apply historical and emerging scientific theories and paradigms to develop research aims and methods.

 

Concentration Competencies

  • Demonstrate mastery of causal inference and apply causal inference techniques to scientific questions relevant to public health
  • Identify, apply and critique quantitative, qualitative and systems thinking approaches to address epidemiological questions in public health research and practice
  • Conduct public health surveillance of diseases, events, and health states, as well as their risk factors and drivers
  • Design and implement public health research from protocol development through analysis/translation of findings
  • Teach epidemiologic methods and present empirical findings transparently and persuasively to a wide array of audiences
Foundational Knowledge (0 credits) PUBH 601 Foundations of Public Health Knowledge*
Core Courses (6 credits) PUBH 803 Public Health Perspectives on Science
PUBH 804 (formerly PUBH 813) Qualitative Research Methods with Applications to Urban Health
Concentration Courses (36 credits) EPID 821 Epidemiological Methods II
EPID 822 Epidemiological Methods III
EPID 823 Epidemiological Methods IV
EPID 824 Epidemiological Methods V
EPID 825 Experimental Design
BIOS 821 Applied Biostatistics II
BIOS 822 Applied Biostatistics III
BIOS 823 Applied Biostatistics IV
Four courses chosen in consultation with advisor
Teaching Experience (0 credits) Teaching experience to be determined in consultation with advisor
Examinations Comprehensive Exam
Culminating Seminar and Experience (0 credits) PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision
Total Required Credits 42

*Students who have an undergraduate or graduate degree in public health from a CEPH-accredited institution are waived from this requirement.

For full-time students

Year 1 Fall PUBH 803 Public Health Perspectives on Science 3
EPID 821 Epidemiological Methods II 3
BIOS 821 Applied Biostatistics II 3
Year 1 Spring PUBH 804 Qualitative Research Methods with Application to Urban Health 3
EPID 822 Epidemiological Methods III 3
BIOS 822 Applied Biostatistics III 3
Year 2 Fall EPID 823 Epidemiological Methods IV 3
BIOS 823 Applied Biostatistics IV 3
Elective 3
Year 2 Spring EPID 824 Epidemiological Methods V 3
EPID 825 Experimental Design 3
Elective 3
Year 2 Summer Comprehensive Exam
Year 3 Fall Teaching Experience
Elective 3
Elective 3
Year 3 Spring PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0
Year 4 Fall PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0
Year 4 Spring PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0
Year 5 Fall PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0

 

For part-time students

Year 1 Fall EPID 821 Epidemiological Methods II 3
BIOS 821 Applied Biostatistics II 3
Year 1 Spring EPID 822 Epidemiological Methods III 3
BIOS 822 Applied Biostatistics III 3
Year 2 Fall EPID 823 Epidemiological Methods IV 3
PUBH 803 Public Health Perspectives on Science 3
Year 2 Spring EPID 824 Epidemiological Methods V 3
PUBH 804 Qualitative Research Methods with Application to Urban Health 3
Year 3 Fall BIOS 823 Applied Biostatistics IV 3
Elective 3
Year 3 Spring EPID 825 Experimental Design 3
Elective 3
Year 3 Summer Comprehensive Exam
Year 4 Fall Elective 3
Elective 3
Year 4 Spring Teaching Experience
PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0
Year 5 Fall PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0
Year 5 Spring PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0
Year 6 Fall PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0
Year 6 Spring PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0