Students applying for the first time to the PHSR doctoral program may also apply for admission into the dual degree program. In addition to the graduate school application, students must also submit the dual degree application, which can be obtained from the PHSR graduate program coordinator.

Students will not be required to submit any additional informatio,n although they may submit an additional letter of interest for the dual degree program. The letters of recommendation submitted to the PHSR program will also be used for the application to the dual degree program.


Students in the dual degree program will have their primary advisor in the PHSR program. Students will develop their curriculum committee with the standard three members from the PHSR program and one additional faculty from the DEPM.


PHSR PhD students must meet all of the requirements for the PhD degree that are in effect upon their entry into the program. Requirements for the dual-degree are in addition to the PhD requirements.

Methods (6 credits)

  • PHSR 701 Research Methods I (3 credits)
  • PHSR 702 Research Methods II (3 credits)

Statistics (10 credits)

  • PREV 620 Principles of Biostatistics (3 credits) 
  • PREV 720 Statistical Methods in Epidemiology (4 credits)
  • PREV 721 Intermediate Biostatistics (3 credits)

PHSR Core (12 credits)

  • PHSR 610 Health Care System (3 credits)
  • PHSR 620 Introduction to Health Behavior Theory (3 credits)
  • PHSR 650 CER & Pharmacoeconomics I (3 credits)
  • PHSR 704 Pharmacoepidemiology (3 credits)

Epidemiology Core (15 credits)**

  • PREV 600 Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • PREV 659 Observational Studies in Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • PREV 803 Clinical Trials/Experimental Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • Various    Advanced Epidemiology Electives (6 credits)

Other Requirements

  • PREV 619 Introduction to SAS (1 credit)
  • PHSR 709 Graduate Seminar (4 credits)
  • PHSR 899 Dissertation Research (12 credits)  

** While these courses can replace the cognate electives for students in the Pharmacoepidemiology track, dual-degree students in other areas may need to take additional cognate electives.


There is only one dissertation required. To meet the training goals of the PhD dissertation research and the MS thesis research requirements, the dissertation must have significant epidemiological content and/or methods. At least one committee member, in addition to any member serving primarily as a statistical or medical consultant, must be a graduate faculty member with a primary appointment in DEPM.