Doctoral Minor in Epidemiology

The School of Public Health offers two options for students seeking a Doctoral Minor in Epidemiology. Option 1 is for students with prior epidemiology training and totals 12 credits. Option 2 is for students without extensive epidemiology or biostatistics training; it also totals 12 credits.

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Option 1:

  • PubH 8341 Advanced Epidemiologic Methods: Concepts(Fall) (3 cr)
  • PubH 8342 Advanced Epidemiologic Methods: Applications (Spring) (3 cr)
  • PubH 7401 Fundamentals of Biostatistical Inference (Fall) (4 cr)
  • Plus: Electives in an epidemiology- or biostatistics-related area (2 cr) (the Epidemiology DGS must approve/disapprove the student’s selection of elective epidemiology courses)

Option 2:

  • PubH 6341 Epidemiologic Methods I (3 cr)
  • PubH 6342 Epidemiologic Methods II (3 cr) [6341 and 6450 are prerequisites]
  • PubH 6450 Biostatistics I (4 cr)
  • Plus: Elective in an epidemiology- or biostatistics-related area (2 cr) (the Epidemiology DGS must approve/disapprove the student’s selection of elective epidemiology courses)

You also agree to:

  • Ensure your dissertation reflects the Epidemiology Minor in some way
  • Include an Epidemiology PhD faculty member with graduate education status on your preliminary oral and final oral thesis committees
  • Obtain Epidemiology PhD program director’s approval of your degree program plan before you submit it to the Graduate School

How to pursue the minor:

  • Put your request in a memo format and address it to the Epidemiology PhD Program Director. Please email the memo to SASS will coordinates the requests for the program director.
  • Include in your request: (a) which option you are choosing and why; (b) proposed electives; (c) the name of your program and your adviser; and (d) a few sentences about the focus of your dissertation/research work.
  • Attach a copy of your most recent transcript; an unofficial copy is fine. You should be able to do that electronically as a pdf.
  • Include any required course substitution requests with the initial request to the program director. A copy of the syllabus must be included for any course substitution requests.
  • Minor electives should have epidemiology or biostatistical methods focus, for example, one of our “Epi of classes” such as PubH 6385, 6386, 6387, 6381 or 6389; or Biostatistics II (PubH 6452) for Option 2. If you are interested in proceeding on to Epi Methods III, for Option 2, you must take PubH 6452 prior to taking Epi Methods III.
  • Show your memo to your adviser first and get her/his approval, and indicate in your memo that your adviser approves your request.
  • If you know which epidemiology doctoral faculty member you will ask to be on your committee, please include the name. If you don’t know, indicate who will be assisting you in selecting that person (i.e. your adviser or your program’s DGS)
  • Either email the memo, transcript copy and any other materials to SASS at epichstu@umn.eduor send via campus mail to: Student & Academic Support Services (SASS), Room 300 WBOB, Del Code 7525. To drop it off at the West Bank Office Building or send via U.S. mail, contact SASS at for directions.

What happens when I send in my request?

SASS will review your request to ensure it is complete. SASS will present it to the program director for review and approval and email you when the request is approved, or if there are any questions or concerns. Student & Academic Support Services (SASS) is also the contact for you to get the program director’s signature on your official Graduate School degree program.

What’s the transmittal plan when I reach that point?

If the minor request is approved, SASS is also your contact to get permission numbers for the epidemiology courses, and can provide advice regarding the faculty if you need any assistance.

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