ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The PhD program in Public Health is an interdisciplinary research degree that prepares graduates for practice-based research. Graduates are able to explain key concepts across the spectrum of public health disciplines, including epidemiology, biostatistics, health systems, social/behavioral sciences and environmental health. Students learn to formulate public health research questions that are informed by theory, literature review, data, and community needs; select appropriate study designs to address specific public health research questions; and collect, analyze, and interpret data (obtained either prospectively or retrospectively) to address public health research questions. Our students are able to communicate findings and implications of public health research through multiple modalities to diverse audiences.

Practical public health experience is a strength of the USU PhD in Public Health program. Students receive broad exposure to the major public health issues confronting the U.S., as well as more global issues, and they learn to systematically and critically evaluate the scientific literature, identifying the inherent strengths and weaknesses of various sources of data.

 

PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION

PROGRAM DIRECTOR: TRACEY PEREZ KOEHLMOOS, PHD, MHA
(301) 319-4519
tracey.koehlmoos@usuhs.edu

 

Program Highlights

Hear from one of our grads, ADM Erika Schwartz, as she discusses the role of Chief Medical Officer in the Coast Guard. She's responsible for writing the Coast Guard's policy responses to some of the biggest challenges in the last decade including Ebola, Deep Water Horizon, and hurricane relief.

HEAR FROM ERIKA SCHWARTZ

Faculty in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics have years of experience in areas such as force health protection, epidemiologic surveillance using DoD systems, field epidemiology, and an understanding of the unique population that includes Active Duty service members, Guard and Reserve, family members, and retirees, giving students a unique perspective on Preventive Medicine before leaving the classroom.

Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics