Program Requirements

In general, the requirements for the Ph.D. degree follow the University of Rochester policies and procedures. The curriculum requires a minimum of 61 credits of formal coursework and 61 credits of dissertation research. This doctoral program has been designed to provide advanced training in epidemiologic principles and quantitative skills.  The expected coursework also provides preparation in general epidemiologic topics with a number of electives in a concentration of interest within epidemiology, such as cardiovascular disease epidemiology, cancer epidemiology, nutritional epidemiology, psychiatric epidemiology, and the study of special populations, i.e. pregnant women, children, the elderly and minorities. Specific course requirements and a sample layout are provided below.

Suggested Schedule of Classes

Year 1


PM 415: Principles Epidemiology
BST 463: Introduction to Biostatistics
PM 414: History of Epidemiology (or elective if not offered)
PM 426: Social and Behavioral Medicine

PM 495: Scientific Writing for Epidemiologists


PM 436: Field Epidemiology
BST 464: Statistical Methods
PM 412: Survey Research


Year 2


PM 416: Epidemiologic Methods
PM 463: Introduction to Mathematical Statistics

IND501: Ethics in Research



PM 469: Multivariate Models for Epidemiology

PM 472: Measurement and Evaluation of Research Instruments

BST 465: Design of Clinical Trials

Elective Courses (6 electives required)

PM 417: Molecular Epidemiology

PM 418: Cardiovascular Epidemiology

PM 424: Chronic Disease Epidemiology

PM 442: Nutritional Epidemiology

PM 451: Infectious Disease Epidemiology
PM 466: Cancer Epidemiology
PM 470: Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology

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