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In the PhD in Public Health program, you’ll balance the theoretical with the practical in a host of advanced coursework under the guidance of esteemed faculty from NYU’s global network. The composition of your classes will depend on which one of three doctoral concentrations you choose: Epidemiology, Social and Behavioral Sciences, or Public Health Policy and Management.

Courses
GPH-GU 2920 Biostatistics: Regression and Multivariate Modeling Spring
This course is a second year course in advanced statistical techniques that covers useful quantitative tools in public health research. This course focuses on data analysis that utilizes general linear regression models for continuous, categorical, discrete or limited outcomes that are commonly seen in health and policy studies. Examples are drawn from broad areas of public health and policy research including determinants of self-reported health status or factors influencing number of clinic visits. In this course students will also learn the principles of likelihood-based inference, which will assist them in some of the more advanced statistics courses.
GPH-GU 3000 Colloquium Fall
The Global Public Health Doctoral Colloquium is a forum in which prominent and up and coming researchers present their work on pressing topics related to global public health. It offers doctoral students and faculty a chance to hear from their colleagues, while engaging in a dialogue about current research.
GPH-GU 2930 Epidemiological Methods and Design Fall
This 3-unit course will cover in-depth, advancedmethods for modern epidemiologic study design, sampling, quantitative measurement, including reliability and validity, and statistical analysis appropriate for selected study designs relevant to global health research and practice. Considerations regarding the responsible conduct of research in international settings will be integrated throughout the course. This doctoral-level lecture/seminar course is offered to graduate students with a basic knowledge of epidemiologic and biostatistical principles, including causal inference, standard study design, confounding, bias, validity, and commonly-used analytical methods.
GPH-GU 2950 Methods in Community Health Research Fall
This course will focus on qualitative and mixed methods used in community health research. Research in communities and natural (non-laboratory) settings requires flexibility and adaptability, especially when conducted in global sites where conditions are dynamic and often uncontrolled. Types of inquiry include needs assessments (including rapid assessment), program evaluation, and participatory or action research. Qualitative methods such as ethnographic observation and in-depth interviews (individual or focus group) may be used alone or in combination with quantitative surveys and analyses of clinical or administrative data. Community-based participatory research, photo-voice, mapping and other field techniques will be included as well as the design and conduct of community-engaged interventions. This advanced course assumes the student has had previous coursework in research design and data collection in both quantitative and qualitative methods.
GPH-GU 2960 Theories in Public Health, Practice, Policy & Research Spring Fall
The ‘intervention imperative’ in public health has traditionally overshadowed theory development (Connelly, 2005; Potvin et al., 2005). Consequently, many public health practices and interventions are predicated upon unexamined or under-theorized assumptions about etiology. As the scope of public health expanded beyond infectious diseases, its theoretical foundations extended beyond biomedical ‘germ theory’ explanations to include behavioral psychology. By the late 20th century, these foundations grew to incorporate multi-factorial etiologies and systems approaches borrowing from social science theories and methods. This course examines an array of paradigms, theories and conceptual models used in public health. These will be roughly categorized into the following domains: a) biomedical; b) psychological; c) organizational; d) socio-cultural; and e) structural /critical. Specific public health problems—HIV/AIDS, cancer and mental disorders—will be examined using relevant theories. Emphasis will be on adopting a comparative, critical and integrative (biopsychosocial) perspective on theories and key concepts in public health practice, policy and research.

Additional Courses 
GPH-GU 3200 Dissertation Proposal Seminar
GPH-GU 2940 Intervention and Prevention Science

 

Concentration Overview


Students will engage in a course of study designed to deepen their understanding and application of advanced data analytic techniques and research methodology. Students are required to take at least three courses in advanced data analysis and research methodology. In addition, they will identify a specialization area (e.g. chronic disease epi, mental health epi, etc.) and take a minimum of two courses in this specialization area.  

 

Year Courses Credits
Pre-requisites
  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy and Management
  • Social and Behavioral Determinants
  • Environmental Health
(15) 
Year 1 - Fall
  • GPH-GU 2930 Epidemiological Design & Methods (3)
  • GPH-GU 2950 Methods in Community Health Research (3)
  • GPH-GU 2960 Theories in Public Health Practice, Policy and Research (3)
  • GPH-GU 3000 Doctoral Colloquium (1.5)
10.5 
Year 1 - Spring
  • GPH-GU 2190 or 5190 Essentials of Public health Biology (3)
  • GPH-GU 2920 Biostatistics: Regression and Multivariate Modeling (3)
  • GPH-GU 2940 Intervention and Prevention Science  (3)
  • GPH-GU 3000 Doctoral Colloquium (1.5)
10.5 
Year 2 - Fall Specialization and Methods courses Examples of advanced data analysis and research methodology courses include, but are not limited to:
 
  • GPH-GU 2225 Psychometric Measurement & Analysis in Public Health Research and Practice (3)
  • GPH-GU 2320 Data Utilization in Public Health Practice (3)
  • APSTA-GE 2012 Causal Inference (3) (Steinhardt)
  • ASPTA-GE 2110 Large Databases in Education (4) (Steinhardt)
  • ASPTA-GE 2040 Multilevel Models: Growth Curves (2) (Steinhardt)
  • APSTA-GE 2041 Practicum in Multilevel Models Growth Curves (1) (Steinhardt)
  • GPH-GU 2160 Qualitative & Field Methods (3)
     
Examples of specialization courses include, but are not limited to:
 
  • GPH-GU 2325 Behavioral and Communications Strategies for Global Epidemics (3)
  • GPH-GU 2260 Disasters, Complex Systems, and the Social Ecology of Health (3)
  • GPH-GU 2420 Genetic Epidemiology (3)
  • GPH-GU 2410 Global Burden of Infectious Disease (3)
  • GPH-GU 2416 Neuroepidemiology (3)
  • GPH-GU 2275 Nutrition Epidemiology in Public Health (3)
  • GPH-GU 2240 Perspectives in Global Mental Health (3)
9-12 
Year 2 - Spring Specialization & Methods courses

Examples of methods courses include, but are not limited to:

  • GPH-GU 2160 Qualitative & Field Methods (3)
  • APSTA-GE 2094 Factor Analysis and Structural Equation Modeling (3) (Steinhardt)
  • APSTA-GE 2110 Applied Statistics: Using Large Databases in Education Research (4) (Steinhardt)
     

Examples of specialization courses include, but are not limited to:

  • GPH-GU 2345 Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response: A Global Perspective (3)
  • GPH-GU 2317 Social Epidemiology (3)
  • GPH-GU 2342 Global Issues in Public Health Nutrition: Obesity and Diabetes (3)
  • GPH-GU 2230 Global Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology & Control (3)
     

In addition, all students take GPH-GU 3200 Dissertation Proposal Seminar (3).

9-12

Concentration Overview

 

Students should identify a social science discipline that will serve as their sub-field. Possibilities include sociology, political science, anthropology, or psychology. In Year 2, students take at least two additional courses ion advanced methods. Also students should take a minimum of three (3) theory or seminar courses in their selected social science sub-field. Clearly there is variation within disciplines.  

 

Year Courses Credits
Pre-requisites
  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy and Management
  • Social and Behavioral Determinants
  • Environmental Health
(15)
Year 1 - Fall
  • GPH-GU 2930 Epidemiological Design & Methods (3)
  • GPH-GU 2950 Methods in Community Health Research (3)
  • GPH-GU 2960 Theories in Public Health Practice, Policy and Research (3)
  • GPH-GU 3000 Doctoral Colloquium (1.5)
10.5
Year 1 - Spring
  • GPH-GU 2190 or 5190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)
  • GPH-GU 2920 Biostatistics: Regression and Multivariate Modeling (3)
  • GPH-GU 2940 Intervention and Prevention Science  (3)
  • GPH-GU 3000 Doctoral Colloquium
10.5
Year 2 - Specialization & Methods courses

Examples of advanced data analysis  and research methodology courses include, but are not limited to (minimum of 6 credits):

  • GPH-GU 2225 Psychometric Measurement & Analysis in Public Health Research and Practice (3)
  • GPH-GU 2320 Data Utilization in Public Health Practice (3)
  • APSTA-GE 2012 Causal Inference (3) (Steinhardt)
  • APSTA-GE 2110 Large Databases in Education (4) (Steinhardt)
  • APSTA-GE 2040 Multilevel Models: Growth Curves (3)  (Steinhardt)
  • APSTA-GE 2041 Practicum in Multilevel Models Growth Curves (1) (Steinhardt)
  • GPH-GU 2160 Qualitative & Field Methods (3)
     

Social science core specializations (minimum of 9 credits). Examples of theory or seminar courses include, but are not limited to:

Political Science courses:

  • POL-GA 1300 American Politics (GSAS)
  • POL-GA 1500 Comparative Politics (GSAS)
  • POL-GA 1700 International Politics (GSAS)
     

Sociology courses:

  • SOC-GA 2137 Social Stratification and Inequality (4) (GSAS)
  • SOC-GA 2414 Sociology of Culture (4) (GSAS)
  • SOC-GA 2463 Urban Sociology (4) (GSAS)
     

Anthropology courses:

  • ANTH-GA 2670 Anthropological Perspectives on Science (4) (GSAS)
  • ANTH-GA 2610 Cultures of Biomedicine (4) (GSAS)
     

Applied Psychology courses:

  • APSY-GE 2605 Social Psychology, Intervention, and Social Change (3) (Steinhardt)
  • APSY-GE 2826 Intervention and Social Change (3)  (Steinhardt)
  • APSY-GE 2279 Risk and Resilience (3)  (Steinhardt)
     
Students take 9-12 credits in the Fall semester and 9-12 credits in the Spring semester
Year 2 - Spring  All students take GPH-GU 3200 Dissertation Seminar (3)  
Year Courses Credits
Pre-requisites
  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy and Management
  • Social and Behavioral Determinants
  • Environmental Health
(15)
Year 1 - Fall
  • GPH-GU 2930 Epidemiological Design & Methods (3)
  • GPH-GU 2950 Methods in Community Health Research (3)
  • GPH-GU 2960 Theories in Public Health Practice, Policy and Research (3)
  • GPH-GU 3000 Doctoral Colloquium (1.5)
10.5
Year 1 - Spring
  • GPH-GU 2190 or 5190 Essentials of Public health Biology (3)
  • GPH-GU 2920 Biostatistics: Regression and Multivariate Modeling (3)
  • GPH-GU 2940 Intervention and Prevention Science  (3)
  • GPH-GU 3000 Doctoral Collquium (1.5)
10.5
Year 2 - Specialization and Methods courses All students in the PHPM area of study take the following courses:
  • PHD-GP 5902 Research Methods (4) (Wagner)
  • PADM-GP 2172 Advanced Empirical Methods for Policy Analysis (3) (Wagner)
  • PHD-GP 5905 Qualitative Research Methods (4) (Wagner)
  • PHD-GP 5910 Doctoral Research Colloquium (Wagner)
  • GPH-GU 3200 Dissertation Seminar (3)

Students must take three of following courses or a substitute, as discussed with their advisor:
  • MGMT-GB 3371 Organizational Behavior (OB) (Stern)*
  • MGMT-GB 3387 Organization Theory (OT) (Stern)*
  • GPH-GU 2155 Introduction to Public Health Policy (3)
  • GPH-GU 2292 Public Health Law  (1.5)
  • HPAM-GP 1831 Global Health Policy (3) (Wagner)
  • HPAM-GP 4830 Health Economics: Principles (1.5) (Wagner)
  • HPAM-GP 4832 Health Economics: Topics in International Health Policy (1.5) (Wagner)
  • HPAM-GP 4831 Health Economics: Topics in Domestic Health Policy (1.5) (Wagner)
  • HPAM-GP 4853 Healthcare Law and Ethics (1.5) (Wagner)
  • HPAM-GP 4860 Topics in Health Policy: The Affordable Care Act (1.5) (Wagner)
  • MGMT-GB 3381 Advanced Research in Organizational Behavior (Stern)
  • MGMT-GB 3395 Cognition in Organizations (Stern)
  • MGMT-GB 3398 Strategy (Stern)
  • MGMT-GB 4301 Strategic management PhD Seminar (Stern)
  • PSYCH-GA 2216 Theories of Social Psychology (GSAS Social Psychology)

*these courses are required for Management students only

Students take 9-12 in the Fall semester and 9-12 credits in the Spring semester
Year 2 - Spring 

All students take GPH-GU 3200 Dissertation Seminar (3) in the Spring semester of their second year.


Students Who Enrolled Before Fall 2016

Doctoral students who matriculated prior to Fall 2016, should follow the degree requirements outlined below:

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