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Current Epidemiology Student Handbook

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, environmental and occupational epidemiology, nutritional epidemiology, injury 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 Sample Schedule of Classes

YEAR 1 (Fall Semester)

YEAR 1 (Spring Semester)


PM415 Principles of Epidemiology (3)

PM412 Survey Research (3)


BST463 Intro to Biostatistics (4)

PM416 Advanced Epi Methods  (3)


PM410 Intro to Data Management (3)

Elective or Epi Content Course  (3)


PM426 Social & Behavioral Medicine (3)

Elective or Epi Content Course (3)


Elective or Epi Content Course (3)

PM 414 History of Epidemiology (3)


IND503 Ethics (1)



Total Semester Credits: 17

Total Semester Credits: 15


Year 2 Sample Schedule of Classes

YEAR 2 (Fall Semester)

YEAR 2 (Spring Semester)


PM414 History of Epidemiology (3)

BST465 Clinical Trials (4)


BST464 Statistical Methods (4)

PM472 Measurement & Evaluation (3)


PM438 Grantsmanship (3)

PM413 Field Epidemiology (3)


PM469 Multivariate Stats for Epi (3)

Elective or Epi Content Course (3)


Elective or Epi Content Course (3)

Elective or Epi Content Course (3)


Total Semester Credits: 16

Total Semester Credits: 16


Elective Courses (5 electives required)

  • PM 418: Cardiovascular Epidemiology (3)
  • PM 424: Chronic Disease Epidemiology (3)
  • PM 442: Nutritional Epidemiology (3)
  • PM 451: Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3)
  • PM 470: Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology (3)
  • PM 489: Injury Epi & Emergency Care Res Methods (3)
  • PM 494: Causal Methods (3)