The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Epidemiology offers students rigorous training in the concepts, methods and analytic approaches used in epidemiology to understand the distribution and causes of health in populations. Upon completion of the degree, students will have the following skills and competencies: ability to critique epidemiologic literature, assess its strengths and weaknesses and determine if conclusions are supported; use of epidemiologic techniques to quantitatively assess patterns and changes in disease occurrence; formulate a specific hypothesis and determine an appropriate study design and analytic plan; design, implement and assess ordinary data collection systems for public health research; design and implement basic quality control methods during data entry and analysis; appropriately analyze and interpret epidemiologic data, including large national and state level datasets; communicate and present study findings to professional audiences; conduct independent epidemiologic literature reviews and summarize studies using qualitative and quantitative techniques; independently design and implement a study to investigate a suspected cause of disease; originate, design and implement new studies in the field that are worthy of publication and grant support; and have sufficient familiarity and understanding of epidemiologic research methods to teach at the graduate level.
Students seeking the PhD in Epidemiology degree must complete a minimum of 72 credits of academic work with an average grade of “B” or better. Courses are three credit hours unless otherwise noted.
CORE COURSES (9 credits)
REQUIRED COURSES (33 credits)
Semesters when the required courses will be offered are noted for your course planning.
RECOMMENDED ELECTIVE COURSES (6 credits)
REQUIRED RESEARCH (24 credits)
Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100.
After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department.
Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.
Requirements for admission to the doctoral programs are generally more stringent than those for the MPH or MS degree programs. Considerable attention is given to the match between the expertise of the faculty and the specific interests of the candidate. Students may work towards a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree at Rutgers School of Public Health.
Rutgers School of Public Health realizes that many students need financial aid to help them complete their education. Financial aid is any grant, scholarship, loan or paid employment offered for the express purpose of helping a student meet educationally-related expenses. Such aid is usually provided by or through federal and state agencies, foundations, corporations and/or the University. Financial aid is awarded based on financial “need,” which is the difference between the cost of attending school and the student’s ability to contribute to his or her education, as determined on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once a student has matriculated, financial aid funding is also contingent on the student making satisfactory academic progress.