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Doctor of Epidemiology

Epidemiology


The PhD program in Epidemiology trains highly skilled individuals in epidemiologic research and its application to public health to prepare graduates for research and teaching careers in the health sciences.  

The curriculum provides training in epidemiologic methods for clinical, observational and community-based research including study design, statistical analysis, biological principles and disease etiology to meet the rigors of the scientific community. The program's etiologic orientation is based on the premise that knowledge of genetic, behavioral, environmental, and physiologic factors contribute to understanding the underlying causes of complex human diseases needed to develop effective preventive measures.

The epidemiology faculty has a strong base of funded research projects providing students with many opportunities for research support and data for dissertation projects.  Students study with experts in cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, genetic epidemiology, obesity, maternal and child health, and behavioral interventions. The extensive affiliate and clinical faculty reflects the multidisciplinary nature of the problems under study. This extensive network of talented colleagues in other institutions and in community practice allows enhanced teaching and research opportunities that are relevant to Colorado's populations.

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Requirements

A bachelor's degree, master's degree or higher. It is encouraged that the degree be in a related field (public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, health sciences, nursing, etc.), or MD, DVM, DO
An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4 point scale), and a graduate GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4 point scale).

Coursework pre-requisites

Students are required to have taken two semesters of calculus and one semester of organic chemistry. Prior coursework in epidemiology, biological sciences, and public health at the under-graduate level or above is also required, and will have to be approved by the Program Director. Students without sufficient epidemiology, public health or biological training may be accepted into the program contingent upon the completion of specified science courses prior to matriculation or within an approved period of time after admission (e.g, EPID 6630, PUBH 6600, or equivalent)

PhD Epidemiology Curriculum

 

COURSE REQUIREMENT

COURSE #   CREDITS 

Core Epidemiology Coursework  

   

Analytic Epidemiology

EPID 6631

Advanced Epidemiology

EPID 6632 3

Core Biostatistics Coursework

   

Biostatistics Methods I

BIOS 6611

Biostatistics Methods II

BIOS 6612

Research Methods

   

Research Methods

EPID 6626 3

Field Methods

EPID 7911 3

Research Grant

EPID 7912 3

Analytical Methods in Epidemiology *

EPID 7915 4

Additional Coursework

Biomedical Sciences

6

Electives

6

Research Ethics

CLSC 7151 1

Dissertation

EPID 8990 30 

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS     

67

 

    *A minimum of 4 credits from the following:

    • BIOS 6623 (Advanced Data Analysis)   3
    • BIOS 6655 (Statistical Methods in Genetic Associations) 3
    • EPID 7915 (Analytic Epidemiology modules)  1
    • Ex: Survival Analysis; Health Risk Assessment; Survey Data Analysis; GIS  

Competencies

 

Identifier

PhD Epidemiology Competencies

PHD-EPID 1​

Appropriately use descriptive epidemiologic methods to describe a given condition including measures of prevalence, incidence, morbidity, mortality, demographic characteristics and risk factors.

PHD-EPID 2

Select and apply appropriate quantitative and qualitative measurement and analysis methods to support research and evaluations in the core areas of public health research and practice, including: epidemiology, environmental and occupational health, community and behavioral health, and public health systems management, policy and outcomes research.

PHD-EPID 3

Critically review and interpret public health and other scientific literature to identify strengths and weaknesses of individual studies, to synthesize evidence in a research area, to identify gaps in evidence and to demonstrate relevance of current knowledge to the practice of public health.

PHD-EPID 4

Translate investigator ideas into answerable research questions.

PHD-EPID 5​

Describe study designs and understand the advantages and limitations of each for addressing specific problems, as well as the practical aspects of their uses.

PHD-EPID 6

Demonstrate knowledge related to design of data collection forms and protocols, instrument reliability and validity, data monitoring and quality assurance, and data archiving for analysis and use of data by other investigators.

PHD-EPID 7

Use computer software for data entry, database management, and summarizing, analyzing and displaying data.

PHD-EPID 8

Understand and appropriately interpret the concepts of effect modification and interaction.

PHD-EPID 9

Interpret statistical results in order to make appropriate inferences.

PHD-EPID 10

Demonstrate knowledge of the threats to internal validity when critically evaluating strength of evidence. 

PHD-EPID 11

Understand and apply basic ethical and legal principles involved in the collection, management, use and dissemination of epidemiologic data. Understand the concepts of human subjects’ protections and confidentiality. Apply this understanding in the conduct of research and public health practice.

PHD-EPID 12

Be able to identify and critically evaluate secondary data sources appropriate for answering a given research question. Identify and understand limitations of secondary data sets (e.g. inclusion determinants, nonrandom allocation, measurement error, surrogate outcomes) and possible design and analytic solutions.

PHD-EPID 13

Demonstrate knowledge of external validity, especially in the context of applying prevention and control strategies and in the emerging fields of dissemination and implementation science.

PHD-EPID 14

Demonstrate mastery of a substantive area, including the application of that knowledge in conducting research related to a specific topic.

PHD-EPID 15

Communicate both verbally and in writing to non-statistical scientists, practitioners and community members.

PHD-EPID 16

Understand the principles of sampling design and implementation.

PHD-EPID 17

Demonstrate knowledge translating quantitative research questions into statistical models.

PHD-EPID 18

Describe the role of screening in disease prevention or diagnosis, under what conditions screening is justified and how to assess screening test performance and effectiveness.

PHD-EPID 19

Carry out appropriate power or precision calculations to ensure that sample size is sufficient to achieve the scientific aims or address a specific research hypothesis.

PHD-EPID 20

Describe the attributes of an effective surveillance system and the use of surveillance in outbreak investigations, chronic disease, and injury prevention.

PHD-EPID 21

Understand the global, cultural, and social context of health problems and how these influence the conduct, interpretation, and dissemination of research studies

PHD-EPID 22

Complete graduate course work in human pathophysiology or other advanced science, with special competence in the substantive area addressed in the student’s dissertation.

 


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