Ph.D. Curriculum At a Glance

In brief: the Ph.D. curriculum teaches students how to study health and disease in human subjects and populations.

Through hands–on instruction using STATA, a biostatistical software used for data analysis, the curriculum integrates the biostatistical basis for analyzing data including interpretation and inferences with study design and types of research questions.

  • All classes are seminars with approximately 15 other students, including a mix of:
    • Medical students (in our M.D./M.S. track)
    • Graduate students from the Ph.D. and MSTP programs.
    • Physician-scientist M.D. Scholars from a variety of clinical departments
    • Dentists, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, and other health professionals
  • Each student has his or her own mentored research project.
  • Individualized help as needed is provided, including biostatistical and data management support for research projects.
  • Required courses leave time to conduct thesis research.
  • If suggested by the Advisory Committee and approved by the medical school, Ph.D. students can take relevant medical school courses.


Current Course Offerings


  • Clinical Research SUMMER INTENSIVE (#1307) (6 weeks: June, July, August)
  • Principles of Epidemiology and Biostatistics I (includes computer lab)
  • Epidemiology II / Research Design
  • Biostatistics II / STATA Lab (1 credit)


  • Biostatistics III / STATA Lab Advanced Topics in Epidemiology & Biostatistics
  • Research Ethics
  • Grant Writing

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