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The following requirements must be fulfilled: 48 credits, including 10 credits in PhD core courses, 20 credits in program-specific courses, at  least 10 credits in elective courses; 8 credits in dissertation research; and successful completion of a comprehensive examination.

PhD core courses (10 credits)
PUBH 6080Pathways to Public Health
PUBH 8099Doctoral Topics (PhD Seminar: Cross Cutting Concepts in Public Health ONLY)
PUBH 8418Applied Statistical Analysis
PUBH 8416Study Design and Evaluation Methods
PUBH 6421Responsible Conduct of Research
PUBH 8435PhD Dissertation Proposal Development
Program-specific courses (20 credits)
PUBH 8620Seminar: Foundations of U.S. Health Policy
PUBH 6340Health Economics and Finance
PUBH 8405Advanced Topics: Health Economics Research
PUBH 8622Healthcare Payments, Systems, and Delivery Models
PUBH 8404Advanced Topics: Health Systems and Health Policy Research
PUBH 8417Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis
PPPA 8022Econometrics for Policy Research
Dissertation Research (8 credits)
PUBH 8999Dissertation Research (8 credits)
At least 10 credits in elective courses. A recommended list of electives is available in the program guide.
Comprehensive examination
Successful completion of a comprehensive examination is required.

Graduation requirements as follow:

  1. Credits: Successful completion of 48 credits.
  2. Comprehensive examination: Once the course of study is completed, students are required to pass the comprehensive exam to be officially admitted to the candidacy phase.
  3. Dissertation: PUBH 8435 dissertation proposal writing plus 8 credits in dissertation research are required. Once the proposal has been successfully defended and the dissertation research credit requirements has been met, the oral defense may be scheduled.
  4. Grade-point average: A minimum overall grade-point average of B (3.0).
  5. Time limit: The degree must be completed within seven years.