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Dr.P.H. in Epidemiology


The mission of the Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) degree – Epidemiology program concentration is to prepare individuals to function as applied epidemiologists in Public Health fields. Epidemiology is a scientific discipline defined as the study of the distribution and determinants of disease in human populations. Students completing a Dr.P.H. in Epidemiology degree within the JPHCOPH at Georgia Southern will be able to serve the community, region, state, nation or world through government, private and academic sectors by using their epidemiological skills gained in order to help solve public health problems in rural and urban environments.

Course Requirements

All Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health students who select the Dr.P.H. – Epidemiology degree will complete a minimum of 60 credits. Students pursuing this degree will take Public Health Sciences Core Courses (18-21 credits), Advanced Program Concentration Courses – Epidemiology (27-30 credits inclusive of electives), Doctoral Public Health Field Preceptorship (3 credits) and successfully defend a Dissertation (9 credits). Upon completion of the Dr.P.H. – Epidemiology students will be trained to provide leadership in Epidemiology in a variety of public health settings.

JPHCOPH Graduate Advisor

Shamia Garrett, M.P.H.
Coordinator, Office of Student Services
Phone: (912) 478-2674

Advising Hours

By appointment only

Epidemiology Student Learning Outcomes


  1. Demonstrate their readiness to work with communities to address public health problems.
  2. Select and apply theoretically based interventions to address public health problems.
  3. Apply appropriate research methods to address community health problems, particularly among rural and underserved populations.

Epidemiology Concentration

  1. Construct a public health and epidemiological research question from ideas, conditions, and events that exist in a rural and urban community, region, state, and nation using critical thinking skills.
  2. Demonstrate required skills for translating public health practice objectives to the appropriate epidemiological framework for analysis and interpretation of results.
  3. Select appropriate statistical tools, methodological alternatives, and graphical descriptives to analyze and summarize public health and epidemiological data.
  4. Formulate population-based hypotheses and develop appropriate research designs to test these hypotheses.
  5. Communicate epidemiological principles and concepts to lay and professional audiences through both oral and written communication.
Epidemiology Competencies

At the completion of the Dr.P.H. degree program all Epidemiology students will be able to:

Cross-cutting Competencies

  1. Apply evidence-based practice, generation of practice-based evidence, and leadership positions that apply and synthesize translational and implementation science findings in governmental, non-profit, and private-sector settings as well as teaching, research, and service in academic roles at the undergraduate and graduate level.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to generate products that discover, apply and synthesize evidence from a broad range of disciplines and health-related data sources, in order to advance programs, policies, or systems addressing population health. Learning products may be created in a range of formats.
  3. Demonstrate leadership in increasingly interdisciplinary, interprofessional, and cross-sectional roles and settings.
  4. Develop innovative, current, and proactive approaches to adapt to the ever-changing public health systems and health care landscape.
  5. Explain a core, interdisciplinary orientation toward evidence-based public health practice, leadership, policy analysis and development, evaluation methods, and translational and implementation research to generate practice-based evidence.
  6. Demonstrate an ability to work in a global context, recognizing the relationships among domestic and global issues.

Epidemiology Concentration

  1. Design a public health and epidemiological investigation in terms of experimental design, data to be collected that reflect the research objectives, and specification of appropriate methods of analysis.
  2. Analyze public health and epidemiological data using appropriate statistical software such as SAS and R.
  3. Develop new epidemiological methods and new ideas for applying existing epidemiological methods to applications in public health and the epidemiological sciences.
  4. Develop written and oral reports to communicate effectively with research investigators the pivotal aspects of a study, including: design, study objectives, data analysis methodology, results, and conclusions.
  5. Create a collaborative environment for working on written and oral reports.
  6. Employ basic ethical and legal principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of epidemiological measures.
Required Courses
Public Health Core Courses (21 Credit Hours) Credit Hours
PUBH 8132 Environmental and Occupational Health 3
PUBH 8133 Epidemiologic Methods 3
PUBH 8134 Health Economics, Policy and the Political Process 3
PUBH 8136 Theoretical Perspectives of the Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health 3
PUBH 9130 Sampling Methodology 3
PUBH 9132 Community-Based Research in Public Health 3
PUBH 9135 Public Health, Funding and Grantsmanship 3
Program Required Courses (15 Credit Hours)
BIOS 6331 Regression Analysis in Biostatistics 3
BIOS 6531 Categorical Data Analysis 3
BIOS 7131 Survival Analysis 3
BIOS 7231 Clinical Trials Methodology 3
EPID 9134 Field Methods in Epidemiology 3
Guided Electives (12-15) selected from: 12-15
EPID 8230 Observational Epidemiology
EPID 8231 Using R in Epidemiology
EPID 8431 Using Stata in Epidemiology
EPID 9131 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases of Direct Interpersonal Transmission
EPID 9132 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases Transmitted via Bodily Fluids
EPID 9231 Chronic Disease Epidemiology
EPID 9232 Cardiovascular Epidemiology
EPID 9233 Cancer Epidemiology
EPID 9431 Mental Health Epidemiology
ENVH 8334 Toxicology and Health
ENVH 8335 Global Water and Sanitation
ENVH 9133 Vector borne/Zoonotic Diseases
Doctoral Public Health Field Preceptorship (3 Credit Hours)
PUBH   9790 Doctoral Preceptorship in Public Health 3
Note: 300 hours of field experience under the joint direction of a public health faculty member and a qualified specialist working in the area of concentration.
Dissertation (9 Credit Hours)
PUBH   9999 Dissertation 9
Total Credit Hours 60
Biostatistics Concentration Documents
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3-Year Plan of Study (Fall Admission)

Last updated: 10/27/2016