Epidemiology — Dr.P.H.
Jayakaran S. Job
The Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) degree is an advanced professional degree with a focus on evidence-based public health practice, applied theory, and research. The Dr.P.H. degree program develops graduates with well-rounded skills who are able to administer and practice public health epidemiology in governmental, international, nonprofit, and private sector settings (such as local county and state health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization); as well as to engage in teaching, research, and service in academia.
The curriculum is planned on an individual basis and is designed around the student's interest and academic needs, the program requirements, and the nature of the proposed research project. The student is expected to gain relevant teaching experience as part of the program. Students are responsible for gaining the commitment of an appropriate faculty member to serve as their research mentor.
Upon completion of the Dr.P.H. degree, the student will be able to independently:
- Demonstrate knowledge of disease etiology, progression, and prevention and control, as relevant to public health practice and research.
- Identify and address public health issues from a broad range of disciplines and perspectives by applying evidence-based theory and research to design, for example, research proposals (using National Institutes of Health [NIH] guidelines).
- Use effective communication methods (including oral presentations and peer-reviewed publications) across diverse audiences to inform and influence public health actions.
- Critically evaluate, analyze, and synthesize biomedical literature and health-related data to advance programs, policies, and systems to promote public health.
- Apply professional, ethical leadership and administrative skills in public health settings.
Educational effectiveness indicators
- Student assistance
- Comprehensive examination
In addition to the entrance requirements for all Dr.P.H. degrees, applicants to the Dr.P.H. degree in epidemiology program must have:
- M.P.H. degree in either epidemiology or biostatistics preferred
- Organic chemistry
- Behavioral science
Applicants should also have taken the following courses, or equivalent courses at the graduate level:
In addition to the standard DrPH corequisites, the DrPH program in Epidemiology requires the following:
|May be taken during first two quarters of program, in addition to units required for degree; advanced standing from previous MPH degrees considered.|
|EPDM 512||Epidemiologic Methods III||3|
|STAT 522||Biostatistics II||4|
|EPDM 515||Clinical Trials||3|
|EPDM 635A||Epidemiological Studies of Seventh-day Adventists A||1|
|EPDM 635B||Epidemiological Studies of Seventh-day Adventists B||1|
|STAT 515||Grant- and Contract-Proposal Writing||3|
|STAT 564||Survey and Advanced Research Methods||3|
|Epidemiologic Methods in Outcomes Research and Continuous Quality Improvement|
|Writing for Health Professionals|
|Concepts in Nutritional Epidemiology|
|Applied Multivariate Analysis|
|Modern Nonparametric Statistics|
|Research Data Management|
|Advanced Data Analysis|
|Descriptive epidemiology 1|
|EPDM 565||Epidemiology of Cancer||3|
|or EPDM 566||Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Disease|
|Choose from the following:||6|
|Epidemiology of Infectious Disease|
|Epidemiology of Cancer|
|Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Disease|
|Epidemiology of Aging|
|Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology|
|HPRO 501||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||6|
|HPRO 531||Pathology of Human Systems I||3|
|HPRO 532||Pathology of Human Systems II||3|
|NUTR 517||Advanced Nutrition I: Carbohydrates and Lipids||4|
|or NUTR 518||Advanced Nutrition II: Proteins, Vitamins, and Minerals|
|Administration and leadership|
|Choose from the following, subject to availability of the course and sufficient course enrollment:||6|
|Health Policy Analysis and Synthesis|
|Organizational Behavior in Health Care|
|Health-Care Negotiations and Conflict Resolution|
|Managerial Accounting for Health-Care Organizations|
|Managing Human Resources in Health-Care Organizations|
|Current Topics in Health Policy and Leadership|
|Policy Development for a Twenty-First Century Health System|
|Leadership—Past, Present, and Future|
|Health Systems Strategic Planning|
|Health-Care Quality Management|
|RELE 5__||Graduate-level ethics||3|
|RELR 5__||Graduate-level relational||3|
|RELT 5__||Graduate-level theological||3|
|Other required courses|
|EPDM 606||Doctoral Seminar in Epidemiology 2||9|
|Research and dissertation|
|EPDM 685||Preliminary Research Experience||2|
|EPDM 694||Research 4||2|
|EPDM 697||Dissertation Proposal||3|
|EPDM 698||Dissertation 4||12|
3 units must be chosen from either EPDM 565 or EPDM 566. Remaining 6 units can be chosen from courses listed.
One unit per every fall, winter and spring quarters in program, minimum of 9 units
Chosen in consultation with advisor; usually from another discipline or school
Repeated registrations may be required to fulfill total units
Doctoral students are required to attend a minimum of ten epidemiology, biostatistics, and/or Adventist Health Study forums during each year of their program.
As a part of the culminating experience, the student completes two publishable papers for submission to peer reviewed journals, successfully defends dissertation, and submits a committee approved dissertation manuscript. Further details provided in the Doctoral Handbook.
Normal time to complete the program
5.33 years based on less than full-time enrollment