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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program

The mission of the PhD program is to train future leaders and the next generation of scientists in epidemiologic research.  Graduates of the program will seek careers in academia and other research settings. 

 

Program Description

The purpose of the PhD program is to prepare students for a career 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 Ph.D. program has a strong theoretical base and is focused on research. Graduates are likely to become independent researchers and faculty members. The Ph.D. is the terminal degree in epidemiology.

 

Program Competencies

At the completion of the doctoral program in Epidemiology students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of basic and advanced concepts of Epidemiology (EPID 7120, EPID 7130, EPID 6260, EPID 8300)
  • Exhibit proficiency in grant writing and protocol development (EPID 6260)
  • Exhibit proficiency in advanced data analysis skills (EPID 6230, EPID 6910, EPID 7120, EPID 7130, EPID 8300, BIOS 7060, BIOS 7150, BIOS 7300, BIOS 8350)
  • Exhibit proficiency in ethical and scientifically sound study design and conduct (EPID 6910, EPID 7120, EPID 8300, EPID 9970 Dissertation)
  • Demonstrate mastery of critical evaluation of the scientific literature (EPID 7120, EPID 7130, EPID 8000 Journal club, EPID 9970 Dissertation)
  • Demonstrate excellence in scientific writing (Dissertation work - 3 paper format)

 

Admission Requirements

Master's degree or at least 30 graduate-level credits in related field of study, GRE scores at the 75th percentile or above, 3 references, GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 for graduate coursework.The application deadline for the PhD program is December 1st of the prior year to begin the program in the fall semester. 

 

Program Requirements

The PhD program requires a minimum of 72 total credits, of which at least 60 credits must be in didactic coursework beyond the baccalaureate degree, that include introductory and advanced courses in epidemiology, courses in a specific content area, and biostatistics and research methods. At least 30 credits in advanced didactic coursework (e.g., 7000 and 8000 level courses recommended) beyond the master’s degree must be completed while enrolled in the doctoral degree program at Tulane University.All doctoral students must serve as teaching assistants for EPID 7120 and EPID 7130 at least once. The student is required to pass a written comprehensive examination and to submit a dissertation. In the comprehensive examination the student must demonstrate general knowledge of epidemiologic and biostatistical methods and particular knowledge of the epidemiology of one content area.  The exam will include sections on higher level epidemiologic methods, a content area and study design. For the dissertation the student must design and execute an original research study which has the potential of contributing new knowledge to the field. Students in the Department's doctoral 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.

 

Course Requirements

 

Prerequisite Coursework:

EPID 6230 Computer Packages for Epidemiology or equivalent
EPID 7120 Epidemiologic Methods II or equivalent
BIOS 6040 Intermediate Biostatistics or equivalent

PhD program course requirements:


EPID 6260 Survey Methodology 

EPID 6910 Clinical Trials Design, Conduct and Analysis 

EPID 7130 Observational Epidemiology   

EPID 8300 Advanced Epidemiologic Methods 

BIOS 7060 Regression Analysis 

BIOS 7150 Categorical Data Analysis 

BIOS 7300 Survival Analysis 

BIOS 8350 Clustered and Longitudinal Data Analysis 

Two content courses

EPID 7000 Epidemiology Seminar

EPID 8000 Doctoral Journal Club    

 

 

Model Course Schedule

 

PhD Program, Department of Epidemiology (30 credit hours)


For a complete listing of courses in Epidemiology, please click here.

Fall Semester

 

12 hours

EPID 6910

Clinical Trials Design, Conduct and Analysis 

3

EPID 7130

Observational Epidemiology

3

BIOS 7150

Categorical Data Analysis

3

 

BIOS 7300

 

Statistical Methods for Survival Data Analysis

3

 

EPID 7000

Epidemiology Seminar

0

EPID 8000

Doctoral Journal Club

0

Spring Semester

 

12 hours

EPID 6260

Survey Methodology

3

EPID 8300

Advanced Epidemiologic Methods

3

     

BIOS 7060

Regression Analysis

3

BIOS 8350

Clustered and Longitudinal Data Analysis 

3

EPID 7000

 

Epidemiology Seminar

 

0

     

EPID 8000

Doctoral Journal Club

0

 

 

 

Additional Coursework relevant to content area and dissertation research


6




 




Fall Semester

 

Comprehensive Exam and Research


EPID 7000

EPID 8000


Epidemiology Seminar

Doctoral Journal Club


0

EPID 9970

Dissertation Research

2


 


Comprehensive Exam  

In the comprehensive examination the student must demonstrate general knowledge of epidemiologic and biostatistical methods and particular knowledge of the epidemiology of one content area. The comprehensive exam is given every Fall semester in September, with a retake in December.  The two-day exam consists of a comprehensive objective exam portion focused on higher level epidemiologic methods, a content related article review and a content-specific study design.  The exam is graded pass/fail with 85% or better required to pass the objective exam portion. Students have a maximum of two attempts to pass this examination.   

 

Prospectus   

After passing the comprehensive exam students design and execute an original research study which has the potential of contributing new knowledge to the field.   

 

Dissertation    

The dissertation is composed of 3 scientific papers suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.

 

For additional information: contact Therese Carter, tcarter1@tulane.edu, 504.988.6809.

 

 
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Department of Epidemiology, 1440 Canal Street, Suite 2000, New Orleans, LA 70112, 504-988-6809 tcarter1@tulane.edu