Doctoral Minor in Epidemiology

Discover the Doctoral Minor in Epidemiology

The IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health offers a PhD minor in Epidemiology that provides students with a foundation in the concepts, principles and practice of epidemiology. People who possess these specialized skills are in high demand because their enhanced analytical and data management skills are desirable for many doctoral-level research projects.

The doctoral minor in Epidemiology is a rigorous, highly focused 12-credit hour minor that serves as a useful complement to many major areas of study. You will learn both theoretical concepts of epidemiology and how to apply these concepts. By completing this minor, you will be able to:

  • Use epidemiology methods to collect data and to study, analyze, and report the patterns of disease in human populations for diverse audiences
  • Use biostatistics to analyze and report public health data
  • Understand and apply descriptive epidemiology to assess health status and the burden of disease in populations
  • Understand, apply, and interpret epidemiologic research methods and findings to the practice of public health
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and use existing sources of epidemiologic data at the local, state, national, and international level
  • Understand the key components of public health surveillance and public health screening programs
  • Develop written and oral presentations based on epidemiologic analysis for both public health professionals and lay audiences
  • Demonstrate a basic level of SAS programming for data set creation, data management, and data analysis

Because you can choose two of the courses from a list of options, you can easily customize this minor to your unique interests and needs. This minor is ideal for students from many schools, including the IU schools of Nursing, Dentistry, Medicine, Physical Education and Recreation, Health Rehabilitative Sciences, Law, and Public and Environmental Affairs.

Students who wish to obtain a doctoral minor from the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health must earn a grade of “B” or better in the coursework for the minor. Courses in which a grade of “B-” or lower is earned will not apply toward completion of the minor. Faculty in the department of Epidemiology will serve as advisors for students choosing this minor.

  • Epidemiology Minor Curriculum

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    Required Courses

    • E517 Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3 credits)
    • E601 Advanced Epidemiology (3 credits)


    Plus choose two courses from the following list:

    • E609 Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3 credits)
    • E610 Chronic Disease Epidemiology (3 credits)
    • E617 Environmental Epidemiology (3 credits)
    • E618 Cancer Epidemiology (3 credits)
    • E675 Fundamentals of Injury Epidemiology (3 credits)
    • E715 Design & Implementation of Observational Studies (3 credits)
    • E720 Analysis and Interpretation of Observational Studies (3 credits)
    • E730 Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology (3 credits)
    • E731 Design & Analysis of Genetic Association (3 credits)
    • E760 Epidemiologic Surveillance Systems (3 credits)
    • E765 Nutritional Epidemiology (3 credits)
    • E770 Occupational Epidemiology (3 credits)
    • E780 Pharmaco-epidemiology (3 credits)
    • E795 Cardiovascular Epidemiology (3 credits)


    Other courses may be taken if approved by the student’s minor advisor. Students who have already completed any of the required courses as part of their MPH or PhD requirements may not apply those courses toward their minor in Epidemiology and must instead work with their faculty advisor to identify alternate Epidemiology courses.

    The student’s minor advisor will monitor satisfactory completion of the requirements for the doctoral minor in Epidemiology. Doctoral students must notify the Fairbanks School of Public Health before beginning their course of study for the minor.

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