PhD Division Requirements

Community Health Sciences

In addition to the general program requirements of the Graduate College and of the School of Public Health, Community Health Sciences requires the following. Students should refer to the CHS Student Handbook as well.

1. PhD students must take BSTT 400, BSTT 401, EPID 400, CHSC 400, and CHSC 501. In addition, the student must select either HPA 400, EOHS 400 or HPA 401.

2. PhD students must select a major area of concentration in which at least 9 semester hour credits are completed at the 500-level. Advisor approval is necessary for elective course selection.

3. In addition, PhD students must select a collateral area in which at least six semester hours are completed at the 500 level. The student will be tested in the collateral area as part of the preliminary examination. The collateral area must be outside the Division of Community Health Sciences. PhD students with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology have additional requirements.

Community Health Sciences Perspective for PhD Students

In order to develop a career in the multidisciplinary field of community health sciences, it is essential that the student develop mastery in both a major and collateral area along with the capacity to communicate and work with researchers and professionals in a wide variety of disciplines.

Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

PhD Core

EPID 400 Principles of Epidemiology 3 SH

BSTT 400 Biostatistics I 3 SH

BSTT 401 Biostatistics II 4 SH

IPHS 660 DrPH Integrative Seminar 1 SH

Sub-total 11 SH

Division Core

All students are required to take at least 4 SH in each of the following three areas:

Exposure Assessment and Measurement

EOHS 405 Environmental Calculations 1 SH

EOHS 440 Chemistry for Environmental Professionals 3 SH

EOHS 421 Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene 2 SH

EOHS 418 Analysis of Water and Wastewater Quality 2 SH

EOHS 428 Industrial Hygiene Laboratory I 2 SH

EOHS 438 Air Quality Laboratory 2 SH

Health Assessment

EOHS 450 Principles of Occupational/Environmental Medicine 2 SH

EOHS 457 Principles of Toxicology 3 SH

EOHS 551 Occupational Diseases 4 SH

EOHS 558 Industrial Toxicology 2 SH

IPHS 554 Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology 2 SH

Intervention Strategies

EOHS 411 Water Quality Management I 3 SH

EOHS 431 Air Quality Management I 3 SH

EOHS 461 Community Health and Consumer Protection 2 SH

EOHS 482 Occupational Safety Science 2 SH

EOHS 556 Risk Assessment in Environmental and

Occupational Health 2 SH

Sub-total 12 SH


Students should select courses with their advisor in a discipline of interest. At least 9 SH of coursework in the studentís discipline must be at the 500 level. At least 6 SH of coursework in a collateral area is required.

Sub-total 35 SH

Capstone Requirement

A capstone experience is required of all students in EOHS. For students in the PhD program, the capstone experience is the PhD research (IPHS 599) and written dissertation.

Sub-total 32 SH

Program Total: 96 SH

Environmental and Occupational Health Perspective for PhD Students

To accomplish the schoolwide objectives in the context of environmental and occupational health sciences, the PhD student is expected to identify and master an appropriate web of theoretical perspectives and research methods in both a major and collateral area along with the capacity to communicate and work with researchers and professionals in a wide variety of disciplines.

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Required Courses: PhD students majoring in epidemiology must include the following formal courses in their programs of instruction: EPID 400/401/402/410/411/501/591/595 and BSTT 400/401. Any specific course requirement may be waived on the basis of previous course work or experience. PhD students majoring in epidemiology will be required to take at least 6 semester hours in a collateral area of concentration. These must be 500-level courses in a relevant area outside of Epidemiology and approved by the studentís academic advisor (Biostatistics, Nutrition, Maternal and Child Health, Environmental Sciences, Sociology, Biochemistry).

PhD students majoring in Biostatistics must take any required MS courses whose equivalent they have not taken previously, plus BSTT 531, Advanced Statistical Inference (3 sh); BSTT 533, Linear Models (4 sh); and electives related to the studentís application area.

Standards of Performance: Epidemiology majors must achieve a grade of "A" or "B" in each EPID and BSTT course taken. If a grade lower than "B" is received, the course may be repeated, one time only. Failure to attain the required Standard of Performance will result in dismissal from the Program.

Epidemiology Perspective for PhD Students

In addition to the schoolwide learning objectives for the PhD student and the learning objectives for MPH and MS students in epidemiology, the PhD student in epidemiology should attain skills specifically for the practice of epidemiology in research, teaching and practical settings.

Health Policy and Administration

No additional requirements.