Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology

The PhD program emphasizes epidemiologic study design and data analysis.  The program is designed to prepare exceptionally qualified individuals for a career of research and teaching.  Admission is competitive.  Applicants should have earned a Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH), Master of Science (MS) degree or equivalent, with a strong background in epidemiology and statistics.  Students who complete the degree will master the skills required for conducting independent research in epidemiology, with a firm background in epidemiology, biostatistics, and information management.  Specific areas of concentration include chronic disease, infectious disease, molecular epidemiology, and injury epidemiologic methods. Further details of the program may be obtained by contacting the Program Director, Dr. Sadeep Shrestha at You may also contact the Program Coordinator, Kimberly Hawkins at, or (205) 975-9749.

Admission: Interested students should apply on-line at ApplyYourself. Please submit all academic transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation, GRE scores, your personal goals/career goals statement, a current copy of your CV/resume, etc... along with your application for admission. International students should also submit a World Education Services (WES/ECE, or similar) transcript evaluation along with your application materials. The Department of Epidemiology admits PhD students in the Fall term each year. The application deadline is April 1st each year (Feb. 1st to be consided for financial assistance).

Curriculum: To earn the PhD degree in Epidemiology students must complete a minimum of 60 total credit hours of academic course work. Of this 60 credit hour minimum, 18 semester hours are required and include Biostatistics and Epidemiology courses. 24 semester hours must be earned in doctoral level didactic Epidemiology courses and/or advanced Biostatistics courses. Students must also complete at least 12 semester hours of directed research (EPI 798) and 12 semester hours of dissertation research (EPI 799). Additionally, students must complete at least two semesters in candidacy (of EPI 799) before being allowed to graduate.


PhD in Epidemiology Fall 2016-2017 Curriculum

2016-2017 Curriculum Planning Worksheet





Credit Hours

Required (18 hours)        
BST 621 Statistical Analysis I C     3
BST 622 Statistical Analysis II   C   3
EPI 703 Grant Proposal Writing     O 3
EPI 704 Advanced Epidemiologic Methods C     3
EPI 710 Analysis of Case Control Studies   C   3
EPI 720 Analysis of Follow Up Studies     C 3

At least one (1) additional doctoral level Epidemiology course. Select from the following:

EPI 713 Cancer Epidemiology and Control     C 3
EPI 721 HIV/AIDS and STDs C     3
EPI 731 & 731L** Genetic Epidemiology and Genetic Epidemiology Lab     C 4
EPI 781*** Special Topics in Epidemiology       3
EPI 788 Principles and Methods in Molecular Epidemiology     C 4

At least two (2) advanced level Biostatistics Courses:

BST 623 General Linear Models C     3
BST 655 Categorical Data Analysis C     3
BST 665 Survival Analysis   C   3
BST 640 Nonparametric Methods (offered on demand/as needed)      C 3
BST 660 Applied Multivariate Analysis (offered on demand/as needed)   C   3
BST 661 Structural Equation Modeling (offered on demand/as needed)       3
BST 670 Sampling Methods (offered on demand for at least 5+ students) C     3
BST 671 Meta Analysis (offered as needed)   C   3
BST 723 Theory of Linear Models (Fall/odd years) C     3
BST 735 Advanced Inference (Spring/odd years)   C   3
BST 740 Bayesian Analysis (Fall/even years)  C     3
BST 750 Stochastic Modeling (offered as needed)   C   3
BST 760 Generalized Linear and Mixed Models (Spring/even years)   C   3

At least one (1) doctoral level course in an area of medicine or in one of the major areas of PH other than EPI and BST must be taken. The following courses are acceptable. Other courses are available (check course catalog). Please consult your advisor for additional courses.

HB 714: Survey Research Methods       3
HCO 711: Child Health and Development C     3
GBS 721: Genetic Epidemiology   C   2
GBS 727: Advanced Human Genomics C     3
GBS 757: Biology of Disease C     3
GBSC 715: Molecular Basis of Disease   C   3

Required Doctoral Seminar: Please note that EPI 790 must be taken 2 at least times.

EPI 790 Doctoral Seminar in Epidemiology C C   2
EPI 790 Doctoral Seminar in Epidemiology  C C   2

Doctoral-Level Research (at lest 24 hours total of EPI 798 and EPI 799 required)

EPI 798:  Doctoral Level Directed Research (Register prior to admission to candidacy: Must have at least 12 hours)  
EPI 798 Doctoral Level Directed Research X X X 12

EPI 799 Doctoral Level Dissertation Research(Register after admission to candidacy) (Must have at least 12 hours and at least 2 semesters of EPI 799)

EPI 799 Doctoral Level Dissertation Research X X X 12

At least one (1) course related to research ethics and scientific integrity (Does not count toward the required 24 credit hours of didactic course work.)

GRD 717 Principoes of Scientific Intergrity C C   3
HCO 670 Social and Ethical Issues in Public Health CO O   3
Electives (with advisor's approval and in some cases, also approval of instructor) - to complete total hours required for degree.

Minimum Credit Hours Required for Degree


O = Online; C = In Class; CO = Both In Class and Online; I = On site

** Indicates course taught every odd calendar year

*** Indicates course may or may not be taught (check with the program manager for course availability