Curriculum

This transdisciplinary program requires PhD students to complete six quarters and a minimum of 48 units of coursework prior to the qualifying examination, which is required to advance to candidacy for the PhD. The core curriculum consists of introductory methods coursework, epidemiology, theories of international development, policy, economics, determinants of health, diplomacy, and implementation science. Credits are distributed between the core requirement, the area of specialization, elective courses, and dissertation credits.

Examples of Coursework

Year 1 Clinical Social & Behavioral Science
Fall
  • Epidemiologic Methods I
  • Biostatistics I
  • Poverty & Health
  • Global Health Economics
  • Determinants of Health
  • Doctoral Seminar I
  • Epidemiologic Methods I
  • Biostatistics I
  • Poverty & Health
  • Global Health Economics
  • Determinants of Health
  • Doctoral Seminar I
Winter
  • Epidemiologic Methods II
  • Biostatistics II
  • Infrastructure & Service Delivery
  • Global Health Policy
  • Systems Centered Implementation
  • Women's Health & Empowerment
  • Infrastructure & Service Delivery
  • Global Health Policy
Spring
  • Biostatistics III
  • Grant Writing
  • Research Rotation I
  • Qualitative Methods Intro
  • Leadership & Diplomacy
  • Workforce & Health Information Systems
  • Grant Writing
  • Research Rotation I
  • Qualitative Methods Intro
  • Leadership & Diplomacy
  • Workforce & Health Information Systems
  • Systematic Review
Year 2 Clinical Social & Behavioral Science
Fall
  • Doctoral Seminar II
  • Research Rotation II
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • Spatial Epidemiology
  • Doctoral Seminar II
  • Research Rotation II
  • Qualitative Methods I
  • Sociocultural Theory
Winter
  • Doctoral Seminar III
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Mathematical Modeling of Infectious Disease
  • Doctoral Seminar III
  • Qualitative Methods II
  • Feminist Theory
Spring
  • Biostatistics III
  • Research Methods in Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • Research Rotation III
  • QE Preparation & Oral Exam
  • Qualitative Methods III
  • Research Rotation III
  • QE Preparation & Oral Exam
Year 3 Clinical Social & Behavioral Science
Dissertation Dissertation
Year 4 Clinical Social & Behavioral Science
Dissertation Dissertation