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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 Elective 

Year 2


  • PM 416: Epidemiologic Methods
  • PM 463: Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
  • IND501: Ethics in Research Elective 


  • PM 469: Multivariate Models for Epidemiology
  • PM 472: Measurement and Evaluation of Research Instruments
  • BST 465: Design of Clinical Trials Elective

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