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PhD in Epidemiology

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Overview: The Drexel University School of Public Health offers a methodologically rigorous doctoral training program in epidemiology that comprises both formal classroom training and guided research with faculty mentors trained in top public health programs nationally and internationally. The size of our School encourages students to develop in-depth working relationships with their mentors, during their formal
training program and after graduation.

The Program: The PhD in Epidemiology is a full-time research-focused degree program that will prepare graduates to use the science of epidemiology in research to ask and answer substantial and innovative public health questions. The PhD program prepares students to approach problems with critical analytic skills necessary to generate meaningful epidemiologic questions and utilize the most appropriate research
strategies to address them. Additionally, the core values of the School and Department concerning human rights and social justice will infuse students with the commitment to pursue important and innovative public health research topics even when faced with methodological challenges, and to undertake studies that generate knowledge applicable to diverse social, ethnic, and geographically defined populations. Students have five calendar years to complete the program and typical completion time ranges from three to four years. The PhD program guide can be found here.


Faculty: Drexel faculty are dedicated to balancing research and teaching. Research areas in which faculty are actively engaged include: epidemiology of aging, psychiatric epidemiology, cardiovascular disease epidemiology, epidemiology neurodevelopmental disorders, infectious disease epidemiology including studies of chronic viral infections and HIV/AIDS pathogenesis, cancer epidemiology, and psychosocial/behavioral studies of HIV/STI risk. Individual faculty web pages can be found here.

Admissions: Applicants to the PhD Program in Epidemiology must possess an MPH degree or master’s degree in Epidemiology or a related field and demonstrate potential for high level of performance in the PhD Program and subsequent contributions to the field of Epidemiology. More detail on the application process can be found here.

The deadline for application to the PhD in Epidemiology Program is April 15th.

We also offer an early review deadline of January 15th. Applicants who apply by this deadline will have their files reviewed within 4 weeks. Applicants who are reviewed early may be admitted, rejected, or deferred for review again after the April 15th deadline.

Degree requirements : Completion of the PhD in Epidemiology requires: (1) a minimum of 69 quarter
credit hours of course work beyond the master's degree; (2) maintenance of a cumulative grade point average in the program of at least 3.3; (3) passing a written doctoral comprehensive examination;
(4) passing a candidacy oral examination; (5) completing a dissertation of publishable quality; and
(6) passing the final defense. Coursework requirements typically include:

  • Three courses in the School’s doctoral training core
  • Six required Departmental doctoral courses
  • Two epidemiology elective courses
  • Two biostatistics elective courses
  • One course in research ethics and scientific integrity
  • One course in teaching methods

A layout showing a three-year progression through doctoral program course and thesis requirements can be found at the bottom of this page.

Dissertation research will entail an epidemiologic research project of high scientific merit with substantive public health impact. The topic will be selected in consultation with the student’s departmental faculty advisor but may also involve collaboration with other interested faculty at Drexel and at other institutions.

Contact: Prospective students are invited ask contact Mary Genevieve Carty at mgc24@drexel.edu or to call 215-762-2518. Prospective students are also welcome to contact individual faculty members regarding specific research interests. For a complete list of Epi/Bios faculty members and their profiles, please click here. Current student profiles and contact information can be found here.  

Epidemiology PhD Program – example three-year, 69 credit sequence

YEAR

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

1

Health and Human Rights (3)

PBHL 802

Advanced Epidemiology (4)

PBHL 830

Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3)

PBHL 636

Intermediate Epidemiology (3)

PBHL 630

Research Methods for Community Health and Prevention (3)

PBHL 804

Epidemiology or Biostatistics Elective (3)

Intermediate Biostatistics I (3)

PBHL 620

Intermediate Biostatistics II (3)

PBHL 621

Public Health Ethics (3)


PBHL 555

Epidemiology Ph.D. Seminar I (1)

PBHL 831



Grand Rounds

Department Seminar and Journal Club

Society for Epidemiologic Research Student Section

YEAR

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

2

Teaching Assistanceship (1)

EDU 775*

Applied Survey Research in Epidemiology (3)

PBHL 632

Thesis Research (3)

Causal Inference in Epidemiology (3)

PBHL 826

Epidemiology or
Biostatistics Elective (3)

Epidemiology Ph.D. Seminar II (2)

PBHL 832

Epidemiology Ph.D. Seminar II (2)

PBHL 832

Epidemiology Ph.D. Seminar II (2)

PBHL 832


Epidemiology or Biostatistics Elective (3)



Grand Rounds

Department Seminar and Journal Club

Society for Epidemiologic Research Student Section

Teaching Assistantship

* This class begins with two full-day TA orientation sessions in early September that will be scheduled prior to the first day of the fall term. Students should plan to be on-campus all day for both of these days. Students can consult the Department office toward the end of the previous year’s Spring term to find out when these sessions will be scheduled.

YEAR

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

3

Epidemiology or Biostatistics Elective (3)

Thesis Research (6)

Thesis Research (6)

Thesis Research (3)



Grand Rounds

Department Seminar and Journal Club

Society for Epidemiologic Research Student Section

Peer Mentor New Student