Students will complete a minimum of 57 credit hours of study plus dissertation research and the corresponding residency credits. The core curriculum consists of 33 credit hours comprising eleven courses, including nine courses in epidemiology and biostatistics, a 1-credit-hour doctoral seminar, and a three-credit-hour course that will serve as a broad introduction to public health. Students will also complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of electives, including at least three DGS-approved epidemiology courses and two 700 level biostatistics courses. Electives must be approved by the student’s dissertation committee and the DGS. If the student does not yet have a dissertation committee at the time approval is sought for an elective, then approval will rest with the DGS, who will serve as the student’s academic advisor until such time as the student has a dissertation advisor.
Students with previous graduate coursework may be permitted to transfer a limited amount of credit for that coursework and have some of the above requirements waived. Per the Graduate School, the maximum that can be transferred is 18 credit hours from a previously awarded master’s degree and 9 credit hours otherwise. However, the actual amount transferred for a given student will depend on the overlap of that student’s previous graduate coursework with the PhD EPB curriculum, the student’s performance in that previous graduate coursework, and the student’s educational needs as perceived by the DGS and the student’s dissertation committee. Hence, transfers will be decided on a case-by-case basis. In particular, there should be no expectation that the actual number of credit hours transferred will equal the maximum allowed by the Graduate School. Transfers will be determined by the DGS and the student’s dissertation committee, and they will be subject to final approval by the Graduate School. If the student does not yet have a dissertation committee at the time a transfer is sought, for example when the transfer involves waiving a course ordinarily taken in year 1, then the transfer will be determined by the DGS.