Requirements and Curriculum

Required Courses

*This course is designed for advanced doctoral students. 

Principles and Methods of Epidemiology Core Courses

Statistical Methods Core Courses

Public Health Core Course

Professional Development

PhD students are required to sign up for 1 credit of EEH 650 in the fall and spring semesters of the third  year of their program of study. PhD students are required to sign up for 0 credits in all other semesters in the program. (2 credits total)

PhD Dissertation Guidance

Credit hours total 36 for required core courses.

Epidemiology Electives Courses for PhD
Choose four of the following courses:

Taught every year:

Taught in even falls (2020, 2022, 2024, etc.)

Taught in odd springs (2021, 2023, 2025, etc.)

Taught in odd falls (2021, 2023, 2025, etc.)

Taught in even springs (2020, 2022, 2024, etc.)

Credit hours total 12 for required epidemiology elective courses.

Graduate Seminar

  • EEH 591 Graduate Seminar (0 credits) - All PhD students are required to present at a Graduate Seminar before scheduling their dissertation defense.

Ethics Course/Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training
All doctoral students must obtain formal training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). All PhD students are required to take and pass the following online course:

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) online course with a score of 80% or higher (0 credits)

  • PhD students are strongly recommended to take one of the following courses in addition to CITI:
  • RPG 504 Responsible Conduct of Research (1 credit)
  • RSC 602 Research Ethics for the Health Sciences (3 credits)

Credits for required PhD courses = 46 credits

MSTP Seminar

  • In the first two years of the PhD program, students take the MSTP Research Seminar, a course that integrates clinical and research training. Distinguished university faculty present biweekly seminars on current advances in basic and clinical research across the biological and medical disciplines, and students participate weekly in a supervised clinical experience.
  • MSTP Seminar (1 credit) – take 4 semesters in first 2 years
  • Credits for required MSTP seminar = 4 credits
  • Students meet all requirements of the UB Graduate School for completion of the PhD in epidemiology. Afterward, they return to the medical school’s standard third- and fourth-year curriculum to complete their medical education, with the MSTP Research Seminar integrated with the remaining courses.

Potential Courses to be Transferred (Medical School, Years 1 and 2)

  • With 44 credits in required coursework + 4 credits in MSTP seminar, a student can transfer up to 24 credits from the medical school curriculum towards their PhD to meet the needed 72 credits.
  • IMC 500 Medicine and Society (2 credits)
  • IMC 514 Musculoskeletal (4 credits)
  • IMC 516 Fundamentals III/Hematology (includes immunology) (5 credits)
  • IMC 602 Cardiovascular System (8 credits)
  • IMC 604 Lung and Respiration (8 credits)
  • IMC 612 Endocrine and Reproductive (8 credits)

Academic Integrity Policy for Graduate Students

All students should review and be familiar with UB’s policy on academic integrity.