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Doctor of Epidemiology

Epidemiology


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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.​


 

 Program Details

 

 Pre-Requisites


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

  • Two semesters of calculus (differential and integral) each with a grade of B or better
  • A previous upper level statistics or biostatistics course with a grade of B or better
  • Previous coursework or experience with some statistical software, e.g. SAS, R, etc
  • Prior coursework in upper division (3000/4000 level) biological sciences
  • All prerequisite coursework must be completed at or above the undergraduate level
  • Master's degree   
Foundational Public Health Knowledge Requirement:

It is a requirement of the school's accreditation that PhD students are grounded in foundational public health knowledge. To satify this requirement all PhD students must complete the following courses:
  • ​Foundations in Public Health (PUBH 6600 - 2 credits)
  • Public Health Concepts for Non-MPH (EHOH 6601 - 1 credit)
  • Epidemiology (EPID 6630 - 3 credits)
Students with a prior MPH degree or a graduate-level degree from a CEPH-accredited institution are eligible to waive this requirement.

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 Curriculum

Core Epidemiology Coursew​ork  

 6 Credits

EPID 7631​*

Advanced Epidemiology 1

EPID 7632

Advanced Epidemiology 2

3

 

 

 

Core Biostatistics Coursework

 6 Credits

BIOS 6611

Biostatistics Methods I

BIOS 6612

Biostatistics Methods II

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Research Methods​

 13 Credits

EPID 7605

​Research Methods with Secondary Datasets

3

EPID 7911

Field Methods

3

EPID 7912

Developing a Research Grant

3

Analytical Methods in Epidemiology **

4

 

 

 

Additional Coursework

13 Credits

CLSC 7151

Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research

1

Biomedical Sciences***

6

Electives

6

 

 

 

Dissertation

30 Credits

EPID 8990

Doctoral Thesis

30

 

 

 

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS     

68 Credits



*For PhD students who matriculated before Fall 2020, either EPID 6631 Analytical Epidemiology or EPID 7631 Advanced Epidemiology 1 may be taken to meet program requirement.
**A minimum of 4 credits of advanced analytic coursework in biostatistics or epidemiologic methods from the ColoradoSPH
***A minimum of 6 credits of basic science coursework at the graduate level related to the student's thesis topic.
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 Competencies


Identifier

PhD Epidemiology Competencies

PHD-EPID 1​

Formulate sound scientific research questions and transform them into a research protocol and analysis plan.

PHD-EPID 2

Critically review the scientific literature in order to appraise the methodologic quality of individual studies, qualitatively or quantitatively synthesize a body of evidence and identify areas of need for future investigation.

PHD-EPID 3

Select and apply appropriate study design, data collection and analysis methods to address research or public health topics.

PHD-EPID 4

Utilize a variety of data sources to address a given research or public health question; considering limitations, study design and analytic solutions.

PHD-EPID 5​

Interpret measures of disease burden associated with an exposure to determine the most impactful clinical or public health interventions.

PHD-EPID 6

Critically appraise research and public health studies for internal and external validity, with consideration of how these issues influence interpretation of study findings.

PHD-EPID 7

Anticipate types of biases that may occur in research and public health studies and determine strategies to prevent or minimize these.

PHD-EPID 8

Calculate and interpret measures of disease frequency and association measures to draw appropriate inferences and evaluate causality.

PHD-EPID 9

Develop statistical models appropriate to specific study designs, distinguishing between predictive, associative, and causality-based analytic approaches.

PHD-EPID 10

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

PHD-EPID 11

Understand and apply nuanced ethical and legal principles involved in the collection, management, use and dissemination of epidemiologic data.

PHD-EPID 12

Communicate both orally and in writing to make persuasive arguments for non-statistical scentists, practitioners and community members.

PHD-EPID 13

Demonstrate expertise to lead a multidisciplinary research team or collaboration.

 
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