PhD Program Degree Requirements

Twenty-four credits are required of students matriculating in the program without a master's degree; 16 are required beyond the master's.  For those with a related master's degree, up to eight units can be transferred.  Students are expected to participate in academic activities such as the Statistics Seminar and faculty-organized working groups.

Within the Department, the major requirements for the PhD are:

  1. completion of a program of courses covering core areas of required expertise (see details below)
  2. demonstration of proficiency in teaching
  3. synthesis of a core body of knowledge, evaluated via written examination
  4. demonstration of readiness to undertake original research, via oral presentation and defense of a written dissertation proposal (oral exam)
  5. completion and oral defense of a dissertation that makes an original contribution in the chosen field of study.

The methods for meeting these requirements may differ depending on the individual program of study.

Competencies in biostatistics are divided into three Core areas:

  1. Theory and Methods of Inference (Core A)
  2. Methods of Biostatistical Analysis (Core B)
  3. Advanced Training (Core C)

Biostatistics Core A: Theory and Methods of Inference

Statistical Inference I (PHP2520)
Linear Models (PHP2601)
Statistical Inference II (PHP2580)
Bayesian Inference (PHP2530)
Generalized Linear Models (PHP2605)
Practical Data Analysis (PHP2550)

Biostatistics Core B: Methods of Biostatistical Analysis

Analysis of Lifetime Data (PHP2602)
Analysis of Longitudinal Data (PHP2603)
Statistical Computing (PHP2560)

Biostatistics Core C: Advanced Training Electives in Statistical Methodology

Clinical Trials (PHP2030)
Statistical Methods for Bioinformatics (PHP2620)
Causal Inference and Missing Data (PHP2610)
Statistical Methods for Spatial Data (PHP2604)
Advanced Topics in Biostatistics (PHP2690)
Qualifying courses in other departments (APMA, ECON, CS), with approval from Graduate Director

Other Requirements

Epidemiologic Research (PHP2120 or PHP2150)
Course in substantive field of application
Journal Club
Online Public Health Overview Instruction

The accrediting organization for the School of Public Health (i.e., The Council on Education for Public Health) requires that students receive instruction in the breadth of public health, in addition to having the equivalent of a three credit-hour instruction in epidemiology.  The School of Public Health has developed an on-line, non-credit, modular course covering the scope of public health (Public Health 101).  There is no charge for the on-line course.  As of Fall 2015, students in degree programs other than the MPH and the undergraduate Public Health concentration (which already have the necessary content) are required to complete the online course.  The course presents one module per month for six months.  Each module is completed at the student's pace within the month that it is offered.  Students in a degree program that is represented by a module do not complete that specific module.  If a student can document that they have either or both of these two requirements from other coursework, a waiver can be granted at the discretion of the degree program.