Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences

The field of epidemiology is defined as the study of the distribution and determinants of disease, injury, and health in populations, with the ultimate goal of disease prevention and control. Epidemiology is one of the core sciences of public health and serves as the foundation for the design and analysis of research studies. The Ph.D. in Environmental Health, Epidemiology Specialization offers both theoretical knowledge and applied experiences in epidemiology, with a focus on quantitative methods. The skills and knowledge gained in the program can be applied to a broad range of risk factors and health outcomes.

Effective Fall 2023

ERHS 501Biological Basis of Public Health2
ERHS 520Environmental and Occupational Health Issues3
or PBHL 530 Environmental Public Health and Policy
ERHS 532Epidemiologic Methods3
or PBHL 570 Epidemiology for Public Health
ERHS 535R Programming for Research3
ERHS 573Design and Conduct of Epidemiologic Research2
ERHS 640Advanced Epidemiology Methods I3
ERHS 658Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology2
ERHS 693AResearch Seminar: Epidemiology 13
ERHS 732Advanced Epidemiological Analysis2
ERHS 740Advanced Epidemiology Methods II3
ERHS 750Grant Writing for Environmental Health2
ERHS 760Interpreting Epidemiologic Evidence2
ERHS 784Supervised College Teaching1
ERHS 799Dissertation 221-27
Statistics courses at the 500-level or above 38
Electives 2,36-12
Program Total Credits:72

A minimum of 72 credits are required to complete this program.


ERHS 693A should be taken three times for a total of 3 credits. 


Minimum of 21 dissertation credits and 6 elective credits; additional credits in these categories can be used to meet the 72-credit minimum required for the program.


Requires approval by advisor.