Academic Programs

PhD in Epidemiology

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Epidemiology is an intensive research training program for students with prior training in epidemiology or related disciplines. It provides advanced education and training for students seeking a professional career in medical and health-related research, as well as for physicians and other persons who have attained professional degrees and are seeking to integrate epidemiological research and methods into their ongoing careers.

As a research-focused degree, students are given the skills necessary to approach health problems to generate consequential research questions and use the most appropriate epidemiologic methods to address them. The methodologically rigorous training comprises both formal classroom education and guided research with faculty mentors.

Students have unique opportunities to conduct collaborative research with clinical departments and research centers within Miller School of Medicine. Interdisciplinary research opportunities also exist with health care settings that are in close vicinity of UM such as the Miami VA Healthcare System.

Key research areas include: chronic disease epidemiology including cancer, diabetes, and obesity; behavioral epidemiology relating to substance abuse and HIV/AIDS, occupational disease epidemiology; and health disparities.

Pre-requisites: This program is primarily designed for persons who have completed a MPH degree, as well as for physicians and others who have a master or doctoral degree in a related discipline. At minimum, students should have successfully completed a graduate-level, foundation of epidemiology course as well as two biostatistics courses. The admissions committee may conditionally admit students who do not meet these requirements and allow them to complete pre-requisites during their first year.

Average Program Duration: approximately 4 years

The Curriculum: students are required to complete a minimum of 64 credits to earn the degree. Coursework requirements for the doctoral program include:

Epidemiology Requirements (19 credits)
Advanced Epidemiology Methods I
Advanced Epidemiology Methods II
Basic Pathology
Ethics in Epidemiological Research
Research Methods
Professional Development Seminar

Electives in Epidemiology (15 credits)
Genetic Epidemiology
Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Cancer Epidemiology
Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology
Chronic Disease Epidemiology
Survey Methods
Social Epidemiology
Behavioral Epidemiology
Diabetes Epidemiology
Environmental Epidemiology

Biostatistics Requirements (18 credits)
Advanced Statistical Methods I
Advanced Statistical Methods II
Statistical Computing
Survival Analysis
Clinical Trials
Longitudinal Data Analysis

Doctoral Dissertation (12 credits)
To advance to candidacy for the degree, in addition to completion of the required coursework, students complete an area of concentration and must receive passing marks on comprehensive examinations in epidemiology and biostatistics. The final credit requirements for the doctoral degree include registration and successful completion of the doctoral dissertation. The dissertation and oral defense are the culminating experiences for the PhD in Epidemiology degree.

PhD Financial Support:

Students who are admitted to the PhD in Epidemiology and who are in good academic standing are supported financially through their graduate studies. Support includes:

•Fully paid tuition
•An annual stipend of $28,500
•100% of the University of Miami student health insurance premium for a single person

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