College of Health Sciences
The disciplines of epidemiology and biostatistics are essential to achieving the goals of public health, and combining these two disciplines in a single department creates synergies for both training and research. Epidemiologists study the distribution and determinants of health and disease in populations. Biostatisticians develop and apply statistical theory, methods and techniques to public health research data and the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs.
The Doctor of Public Health Degree Program in Epidemiology provides a foundation of core and elective courses beyond the master of public health degree that will prepare the student for leadership in public health research and/or practice. This program includes a dissertation that focuses on eliminating disparities in health and healthcare. The dissertation will establish the student as a competent researcher and scholar, capable of conducting and supervising independent research studies. Students will be trained to study public health from a multidisciplinary perspective to appreciate the disparities affecting minorities in terms of health and healthcare services.
The program will include advanced theoretical and practical studies in the specialized fields of public health as well as the preparation of a dissertation. Students will master core competencies in public health as well as specialized courses in their chosen concentration. They will develop a high level of analytical (quantitative and qualitative research) skills, complemented by an extensive breadth of relevant leadership knowledge in research grant preparation, management, study implementation and evaluation.
The program prepares students for leadership roles in public health, especially as research scientists, administrators, educators, or practitioners. These roles include, but are not limited to, positions in organizations and agencies such as universities, public health agencies, hospitals, managed care organizations, pharmaceutical companies, research firms, and other settings where public health specialists are employed.
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