PhD in Epidemiology Courses & Requirements

Course Requirements

In addition to the required MS coursework, the PhD student must complete at least 51
credit hours distributed between core required coursework, elective coursework or faculty-guided learning experiences (e.g. independent study), and dissertation research.

51 credits beyond the Master’s degree are required

  • 12 credits core courses
  • 15 credits electives
  • 24 dissertation credits

CORE COURSES

12 credits  are required from the following choices


Fall Semester

EPI 805 READINGS IN THE HISTORICAL ROOTS OF EPIDEMIOLOGICAL THOUGHT

Historical evolution of models of disease causation and population perspectives on disease.

Semester: Fall (Every year) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: EPI 810
Instructor: Dr. Jim Anthony / Syllabus

 

EPI 828 RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH

Ethical and regulatory issues in the responsible conduct of epidemiology research. Topics include informed consent; scientific misconduct; human subjects protection; responsible data management including electronic medical records, biological samples and genetic data; HIPAA compliance; and other current issues of scientific integrity.

Semester: Fall (Every year) Credits: 1
Prerequisite: EPI 810
Instructor: Dr. David Barondess Syllabus

 

Spring Semester

EPI 910 THEMES IN CONTEMPORARY EPIDEMIOLOGY

Semester: Spring (Every year) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: N/A
Instructor: Dr. Jim Anthony / Syllabus


CHOOSE 2
OF THE NEXT 5 COURSES AS CORE COURSES

 

Fall Semester

EPI 855 BIOSTATISTICAL MODELING IN GENOMIC DATA ANALYSIS

Introduction to fundamental principles and modeling of genomic /genetic data and computational techniques
Instructor: Gustavo de los Campos / Syllabus

 

EPI 950 ADVANCED BIOSTATISTICAL METHODS IN EPIDEMIOLOGY

Study of specific biostatistical methods and epidemiology applications.

Semester: Fall (even years) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: EPI 826B OR EPI 826
Instructor: Dr. Zhehui Luo / Syllabus

 

EPI 953 ANALYTICAL STRATEGIES FOR OBSERVATIONAL STUDIES

Models and methods such as propensity scores, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity design, discrete choice analysis, and marginal structural models. Examples will be demonstrated with procedures in major statistical software.

Semester: Fall (odd years) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: EPI 826B OR EPI 826
Instructor: Dr. Zhehui Luo / Syllabus


Spring Semester

EPI 920 ADVANCED METHODS IN EPIDEMIOLOGY AND APPLIED STATISTICS

Pattern recognition and cluster analysis, longitudinal data analysis, path analysis, repeated measures and time-series analysis.

Semester: Spring (every year) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: EPI 826B OR EPI 826
Instructor: Dr. David Todem / Syllabus

 

EPI 952 DURATION AND SEVERITY ANALYSIS

Analysis of data that involve time to occurrence of a single event or multiple durations between occurrences of several events; modeling techniques; survival analysis in clinical and public health studies; frailty models; experimental and non-experimental applications using major statistical software.

Semester: Spring (odd years) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: EPI 826B OR EPI 826
Instructor: Dr. Joseph Gardiner / Syllabus


ELECTIVES 

Choose 15 credits from the following electives


Fall Semester

EPI 835 NEUROEPIDEMIOLOGY

Epidemiology of neurologic and neuropsychiatric disorders with emphases on neurodegenerative disorders (e.g., Alzheimer's disease).

Semester: Fall (odd years) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: EPI 810
Instructor: Dr. Jim Anthony  /  Syllabus

 

EPI 950 ADVANCED BIOSTATISTICAL METHODS IN EPIDEMIOLOGY

Study of specific biostatistical methods and epidemiology applications.

Semester: Fall (even years) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: EPI 826B OR EPI 826
Instructor: Dr. Zhehui Luo / Syllabus

 

EPI 953 ANALYTICAL STRATEGIES FOR OBSERVATIONAL STUDIES

Models and methods such as propensity scores, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity design, discrete choice analysis, and marginal structural models. Examples will be demonstrated with procedures in major statistical software.

Semester: Fall (odd years) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: EPI 826B OR EPI 826
Instructor: Dr. Zhehui Luo / Syllabus

 

EPI 977 SOCIAL EPIDEMIOLOGY

Introduction to the field of social epidemiology and the social determinants of health. Contemporary theoretical and methodological issues in social epidemiology.

Semester: Fall (even years) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: EPI 810
Instructor: Dr. Claire Margerision / Syllabus


Spring Semester

EPI 815 EPIDEMIOLOGY OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

Survey of methodologies used in epidemiologic studies of cardiovascular diseases. Review of evidence of genetic, environmental, and behavioral causes of cardiovascular disease.

Semester: Spring (even years) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: N/A
Instructor: Dr. Mat Reeves / Syllabus

 

EPI 816 PERINATAL EPIDEMIOLOGY

Epidemiology of adverse health states in pregnancy and the puerperium. Impact of these health states on subsequent child development.

Semester: Spring (Even years) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: N/A
Instructor: Dr. Nigel Paneth / Syllabus

 

EPI 823 CANCER EPIDEMIOLOGY

Basic principles of carcinogenesis. Major etiologic factors, types of malignancies, and biomarkers for susceptibility and exposure. Prevention and early detection of cancer.

Semester: Spring (odd years) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: EPI 809 or EPI 810
Instructor: Dr. Dorothy Pathak  /  Syllabus

 

EPI 910 THEMES IN CONTEMPORARY EPIDEMIOLOGY

Semester: Spring (Every year) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: N/A
Instructor: Dr. Jim Anthony / Syllabus

 

EPI 920 ADVANCED METHODS IN EPIDEMIOLOGY AND APPLIED STATISTICS

Pattern recognition and cluster analysis, longitudinal data analysis, path analysis, repeated measures and time-series analysis.

Semester: Spring (every year) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: EPI 826B OR EPI 826
Instructor: Dr. David Todem / Syllabus 

 

EPI 952 DURATION AND SEVERITY ANALYSIS

Analysis of data that involve time to occurrence of a single event or multiple durations between occurrences of several events; modeling techniques; survival analysis in clinical and public health studies; frailty models; experimental and non-experimental applications using major statistical software.

Semester: Spring (odd years) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: EPI 826B OR EPI 826
Instructor: Dr. Joseph Gardiner / Syllabus 

 

EPI 979 ADVANCED TOPICS OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY

Epidemiological and public health perspectives on the etiology, transmission and prevention of infectious diseases. Key conceptual and methodological issues associated with studying infectious diseases from molecular and population based perspectives.

Semester: Spring (even years) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: N/A
Instructor: Dr. Lixin Zhang / Syllabus

 

STT 847 ANALYSIS OF SURVIVAL DATA

Analysis of lifetime data. Estimation of survival functions for parametric and nonparametric models. Censored data. The Cox proportional hazards model. Accelerated failure time models. Frailty models. Use of statistical software packages.

Semester: Spring (odd years) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: N/A


Summer Semester

EPI 495 EPIDEMIOLOGY AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH IN SOCIETY

Introduction to epidemiology as applied to behavioral health issues in contemporary society. Life-span developmental perspective from preterm births to late life Alzheimer's disease and the dementias.

Semester: Summer  (every year)
Prerequisite: None
Instructor: Jim Anthony / Syllabus


Any Semester

EPI 890 INDEPENDENT STUDY (subject not taught in another course)

Independent study in areas relevant to epidemiology such as population genetics.

Semester: Any  Credits: 3
Prerequisite: N/A 


DISSERTATION

24 credits

EPI 999 PhD DISSERTATION RESEARCH

Semester: Any Credits: 24
Prerequisite: up through semester defending

  • Doctoral students are required to participate in a monthly Ph.D. Journal Club over the course of four (4) semesters.
  • Students are also expected to attend the department’s Epidemiology and Biostatistics Seminar Series each semester.
  • After earning an MS or MPH in Epi, students have up to 8 years to complete all requirements and successfully defend their doctoral dissertation.

Of the required courses, only EPI 805 is offered every year. (* denotes courses that you may choose between to fulfill requirements)

Fall & Spring Semesters

Year-long non-credit workshops run by the Graduate School "Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) series". For more information and registration see: http://grad.msu.edu/rcr/

Fall

  • EPI 805 Historical Roots of Epidemiologic Thought - every year
  • Epi 828 : every year, one-credit Research Ethics course

Spring

  • EPI 910 Contemporary Epi - every year
  • EPI 920* Advanced Methods in Epi & Applied Stats - even years

Variable

*Choose six credits of the following advanced biostatistics courses: EPI 855, EPI 920, EPI 950, EPI 952, EPI 953, or an approved advanced biostatistics course from an outside department

Do you need help in evaluating your progress toward completing the degree requirements?

A graduate student is considered ‘full time’ with 9 credits.

For students enrolled as full time students in the MS or PhD, the recommended course registrations for Fall Semester are the following:

Recommended for Fall Semester:

  • Epi 810 Introductory Epidemiology
  • EPI 817 Epidemiology of Communicable Diseases
  • EPI 808 Biostatistics I
  • EPI 851 SAS Programming I: Essentials

 

Yearlong non-credit workshops run by the Graduate School "Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) series".  For more information and registration see: http://grad.msu.edu/rcr/

 

Recommended for Spring Semester:

  • EPI 829 Design of Epidemiological Studies and Clinical Trials
  • EPI 809 Biostatistics II
  • EPI 852 SAS Programming II: Data Management and Analysis
  • EPI requirement or elective