Epidemiology — Dr.P.H.

Program director
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.

Learning objectives

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
  • Dissertation


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
  • Statistics
  • Behavioral science
  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry

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 512Epidemiologic Methods III3
STAT 522Biostatistics II4
Epidemiology Core
EPDM 515Clinical Trials3
EPDM 635AEpidemiological Studies of Seventh-day Adventists A1
EPDM 635BEpidemiological Studies of Seventh-day Adventists B1
STAT 515Grant- and Contract-Proposal Writing3
STAT 564Survey and Advanced Research Methods3
Epidemiologic Methods in Outcomes Research and Continuous Quality Improvement
Writing for Health Professionals
Concepts in Nutritional Epidemiology
Biostatistics III
Applied Multivariate Analysis
Modern Nonparametric Statistics
Survival Analysis
Research Data Management
Advanced Data Analysis
Descriptive epidemiology 1
EPDM 565Epidemiology of Cancer3
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
Biomedical sciences
AHCJ 538Histology3
HPRO 501Human Anatomy and Physiology I6
HPRO 531Pathology of Human Systems I3
HPRO 532Pathology of Human Systems II3
NUTR 517Advanced Nutrition I: Carbohydrates and Lipids4
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
Health-Care Economics
Organizational Behavior in Health Care
Health-Care Negotiations and Conflict Resolution
Managerial Accounting for Health-Care Organizations
Health-Care Marketing
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 ethics3
RELR 5__Graduate-level relational3
RELT 5__Graduate-level theological3
Other required courses
EPDM 606Doctoral Seminar in Epidemiology 29
Electives 312
Research and dissertation
EPDM 685Preliminary Research Experience2
EPDM 694Research 42
EPDM 697Dissertation Proposal3
EPDM 698Dissertation 412
Total Units103

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

Additional Requirements

EPDM/STAT forums

Doctoral students are required to attend a minimum of ten epidemiology, biostatistics, and/or Adventist Health Study forums during each year of their program.

Culminating experience

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