The curriculum plan for the PhD in Population Health Sciences includes a total of 61+ credit hours and contains core program requirements
as well as curriculum-specific courses. Research projects and elective
courses can be tailored to meet an individual student’s interests and
student’s mentor and advisory committee guide the student in developing
a course plan that includes all curriculum specific requirements.
Students select elective courses from among the diverse offerings
of this and other GSBS Programs.
The typical PhD curriculum plan
includes two years of course work. The student takes the
qualifying examination in the third year to demonstrate proficiency in
the required knowledge and skills and to show readiness to conduct
independent research. Submission of an approved dissertation proposal
advances the student to candidacy for the degree. Completion,
presentation, and defense of the dissertation project are the final
requirements in the curriculum plan.