The PhD concentration in Epidemiology prepares students for careers in research and teaching in universities, federal or state agencies, and private institutions. Through a combination of coursework, practice opportunities and doctoral research, students develop skills in the design, conduct, and management of research that will prepare them to become independent researchers and teachers.

For PhD handbook and application instructions visit PhD Program in Public Health.



Upon satisfactory completion of the PhD degree in Epidemiology, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of basic and advanced concepts of epidemiology
  • Exhibit proficiency in advanced data analysis techniques
  • Demonstrate ability to critically evaluate results of epidemiologic studies
  • Show competence in scientific and grant writing


Course requirements

1.  Public Health Core Courses (17 credits)
H 524, H 525, H 533, H 512 and H 571 or equivalent courses that have been taken in a master’s program. If these courses have not been taken in a master’s program, they must be taken in the Ph.D. program.


2.  Courses in Methodology and Statistics (18 credits)
A list of approved courses is shown here, however, alternative courses may be taken with approval of the student’s committee. A minimum of 2 courses must be of a statistical nature. Courses in advanced research methods are required (H 515 Research Methods is a pre-requisite and does not count toward the 18 credit requirement.) Courses must be substantively different from one another and represent expanded statistical/methodological techniques rather than repetitious courses from different departments/units. H 524 is also a prerequisite and does not count in this 18 credit requirement.

Students should consult with their major professor and committee members to determine the appropriate courses and sequence of courses for their program.

The following is a list of courses (not inclusive) offered at OSU that may be considered in fulfilling this requirement:

  • H 526 Epidemiological Methods
  • H 553 Applied Epidemiologic Methods
  • H 566 Data Mining in Public Health
  • H 573 Intro to Multilevel/Hierarchical Models
  • H 582 Analysis of Correlated Health Data
  • H 584 Analysis of Intervention Studies & Clinical Trials
  • H 586 Bayesian Biostatistics in Public Health
  • H 587 Time to Event Analysis of Health Data
  • H 592 Spatial Biostatistics and Epidemiology


3.  Course in Proposal/Grant writing (H 699 Doctoral Grant Writing, 4 credits).


4.  Courses in Major/Concentration Area (16 credits)
No more than 3 credits may be taken as independent study hours (blanket-numbered courses, e.g. 601-605) as part of this requirement.  A maximum of 6 credits may be transferred into the major/concentration area.

Students pursuing the PhD with a concentration in Epidemiology must take the following courses as part of the 16 credit concentration area requirement:

  • H 699 Advanced Epidemiological Methods I (4)
  • H 699 Advanced Epidemiological Methods II (3)
  • H 699 Advanced Topics in Epidemiology (3)
  • Epi content courses (choose 2 from the following list):
    • H 544 Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology (3)
    • H 550 Social Epidemiology (3 credits)
    • H 551 Epidemiology for Public Health Practice (3 credits)
    • H 552 Disaster Epidemiology (3 credits)
    • H 554 Epidemiology of Aging (3 credits)
    • H 555 Cancer Epidemiology (3 credits)
    • H 560 Public Health Surveillance (3 credits)
    • H 562 Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3 credits)
    • H 578 Introduction to Molecular Epidemiology I (3 credits)


5.  Research Project: H 613 (9 credits).


6.  Research Manuscript of Publishable Quality: H 614 (4 credits).


7.  Dissertation: H 603 (minimum of 36 credits)


8.  Doctoral Seminar: H 612 (6 credits)