The PhD degree program prepares students for careers in epidemiologic research and teaching, usually in an academic setting. The PhD graduate is expected to have knowledge across a wide range of epidemiologic theory and methods as well as sustained experience in the conduct of research in one or more content areas. The PhD program has a strong theoretical base and is focused on research. Graduates are likely to become independent researchers and faculty members. The PhD is the terminal degree in epidemiology.
Applicants must meet the school's admission requirements for entrance into Doctoral programs at SPHTM.
The PhD program requires a minimum of 72 post baccalaureate degree credits, with at least 30 credits of advanced courses work taken at Tulane SPHTM. Up to 42 credits may be applied from a MPH or other master’s degree. The master’s courses will be reviewed and only courses fulfilling the required competencies will be applied toward the 72 credits for the PhD. Prerequisite or similar courses needed for advanced study will not count in the 30 credits of advanced study, but may count toward the total 72 credits.
The advisor works with the students in identifying the course of study in the doctoral program. If the doctoral student does not have a prior public health degree, they must obtain a grounding in public health. See Doctoral Student Handbook.
All Epidemiology doctoral students must serve as teaching assistants for EPID 7120 and EPID 7130 at least once.
Prerequisite Coursework (9)
Public health requirements (13 credits)
CEPH-accredited institutions provide a “grounding in public health” concepts, principles, and methods for students enrolled in any academic degree in public health (MS/PhD). Academic disciplines approach this requirement in a variety of ways. Doctoral students in the Department of Epidemiology fulfill this requirement as follows:
Advanced Doctoral Study - at least 30 credits of advanced course work:
Selected in consultation with an academic advisor
Students are required to take online research ethics training via CITI or another equivalent training program in research ethics. This certification must remain current throughout the program duration.
Students are required to pass a written comprehensive examination demonstrates general knowledge of epidemiologic and biostatistical methods and knowledge of the epidemiology in at least one content area. The exam will include sections on higher level epidemiologic methods, a content area and study design.
Students must prepare and defend a prospectus of proposed research.
Students must conduct original research and defend a dissertation based on that research.
Students in the Epidemiology PhD program are required to maintain standards of performance that exceed the minimum required by the School. Students must earn a "B+" or better in all required coursework. Students who receive lower than a "B+" in required coursework must repeat the course at their own expense.
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