The PhD is targeted to doctoral level health professionals seeking a career in research and academia. However, others with a Maters degree in Epidemiology and research experience may also apply. The PhD prepares graduates to be able to conduct independent research in both traditional epidemiology, public health settings and clinical settings such a clinical trials, outcomes research, and evaluation of the quality of medical care. It offers training for a career where advanced analytical and conceptual capabilities are required, such as teaching, research, consultation, and top-level research administration.
Doctoral students in the PhD program complete a total of 66 didactic and research units and 12 dissertation units. They are required to submit three papers to peer review for consideration of publication and at least one of these must be published prior to graduation. Students in the PhD program take fewer public health core courses compared to the DrPH and are expected to have completed basic science courses prior to admission. They must take 3 courses as cognate courses from other departments/disciplines such as biostatistics, nutrition, geographic information systems (GIS), environmental health, global health, health promotion and education and health policy and management.
Graduates of this PhD program will have the skills necessary to:
Doctoral students are expected to assist the faculty in teaching and research. The program of study consists of didactic units and research/dissertation units and will be developed as demonstrated in the curriculum below. Three courses in a cognate field are required. A minimum of 60 of the didactic units must be taken at Loma Linda University.
A doctoral degree in a health-related field or Masters degree in Epidemiology with research experience.
Cumulative grade point average (GPA) in graduate study of 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale)
Submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (taken within the last 7 years)
Recommendations indicating the applicant�s academic performance and leadership potential)
College Algebra or equivalent (Calculus preferred)
Biostatistics I (STAT 521)
Analytical applications of SAS (STAT 548)
Principles of Epidemiology I (EPDM 509)