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Epidemiology, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Anderson, Lisa S., M.P.H.
Graduate Recruitment Contact
lsanders@vcu.edu
(804) 628-2512

Admission requirements summary

Epidemiology, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Degree:

Ph.D.
Semester(s)
of entry:

Fall
Deadline
dates:

Application strongly encouraged by Jan 1
Test
requirements:

GRE
Special requirements:
M.P.H. or equivalent M.S. degree

Please see program admission requirements.

The Ph.D. program in epidemiology, the only one of its kind in Virginia, prepares students for research-oriented careers in the areas of clinical and population-based research. The program includes a foundation of 41 credits of epidemiology and biostatistics course work whereby students learn methods for studying disease etiology and prevention in populations. Students then implement such methods in an original research project under the supervision of an experienced faculty adviser.

Students complete 15 credits of core courses; four credits (semesters) of journal club; 12 credits of methodological electives selected with an adviser and tailored to the student’s specific research needs; nine credits in a related substantive area; and a minimum of one credit of course work to provide practical research skills.

For additional information, see www.epidemiology.vcu.edu/education/phd.

Student learning outcomes

Sample curriculum

credits
Fall 1
BIOS 553 Linear Regression
3
EPID 650 Epidemiologic Methods for Research
3
EPID 690 Journal Club
1
Substantive area or methods elective
3
Total
10
 
Spring 1
BIOS 554 Analysis of Variance
3
EPID 651 Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods for Research
3
EPID 690 Journal Club
1
Substantive area or methods elective
3
Total
10
 
Summer 1
EPID 697 Directed Research in Epidemiology
variable
 
Fall 2
EPID 690 Journal Club
1
OVPR 601 Scientific Inquiry (or adviser-approved substitute)
1 required
(up to 3 if substitute course selected)
At least one methods elective and substantive area or methods electives
9
Total
11
 
Spring 2
EPID 652 Advanced Epidemiologic Methods and Data Analysis
3
EPID 690 Journal Club
1
Substantive area or methods electives
6
Total
10
 
Summer 2
EPID 697 Directed Research in Epidemiology
variable

 

 

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