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.

PhD Required Courses

GPH-GU 3353 Regression I: Linear Regression and Modeling (3)
GPH-GU 3354 Regression II: Categorical Data Analysis (3)
GPH-GU 2960 Theories in Public Health, Practice, Policy & Research (3)
GPH-GU 3165 Research Ethics (3)
GPH-GU 3000 Perspectives in Public Health: Doctoral Seminar Part 1 (1.5)*
GPH-GU 3010 Perspectives in Public Health: Doctoral Seminar Part 2 (1.5)*
GPH-GU 2930 Epidemiological Methods and Design (3)
GPH-GU 3050 Methods in Community Health Research (3)
GPH-GU 3200 Dissertation Proposal Seminar (3)
GPH-GU 3020 Evidence-Based Public Health & Systematic Review Best Practices (0)**
GPH-GU 5175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)
GPH-GU 5180 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health II (0)
GPH-GU 5185 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health III (0)

* formerly called Doctoral Colloquium
** students who entered prior to Fall 2019 took GPH-GU 5171 instead

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 the two of the following courses:  

GPH-GU 3175 Design, Conduct, and analysis of Cohort Studies (3)
GPH-GU 3220 Experimental Study Designs in Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 3152 Advanced Agent-Based Modeling (3) 
GPH-GU 3230 Topics in Advanced Modelings (3) 

In addition, they will identify a specialization area (e.g. chronic disease epi, mental health epi, etc.) and take three courses in their specialization area.  

Concentration Overview

Students should identify a social science discipline that will serve as their sub-field. Possibilities include sociology, political science, anthropology, or psychology. Students take the following three advanced methods courses:

GPH-GU 3040 Intervention and Prevention Sciences (3)
GPH-GU 3210 Qualitative Analysis: Interviewing & Mixed Methods Approaches (3)
GPH-GU 3260 Complex Systems, Disasters, and the Social Ecology of Health (3) 

In addition, they take two specialization courses by advisement.

Additional courses:
GPH-GU 2225 Psychometric Measurement & Analysis in Public Health Research and Practice (3)
GPH-GU 2480 Longitudinal Analysis of Public Health Data (3)
GPH-GU 2380 Survey Design, Analysis, and Reporting (3)
GPH-GU 3175 Design, Conduct, and Analysis of Cohort Studies (3)
ANTH-GA 2702 Acquisition of Cultural Practices (GSAS)
ANTH-GA 1010 Social Anthropology Theory and Practice (GSAS)
APSY-GE 2279 Risk and Resilience (Steinhardt)
APSY-GE 2105 Culture, Context and Psychology (Steinhardt)
SOC-GA 2111 Classical Sociological Theory (GSAS)
SOC-GA 3115 Advanced Seminar in Contemporary Social Theory (GSAS)
SOC-GA 2137 Social Stratification (GSAS)
POL-GA 1350 Core Seminar: The Domestic Politics of the United States (GSAS)
POL-GA 1751 Core Seminar: International Relations (GSAS)
POL-GA 1550 Comparative Politics of Developed Countries (GSAS)


Doctoral students in Public Health Policy and Management area of study complete five concentration courses (15 credits), usually during their second year in the PhD program:  

GPH-GU 3185 Health Services and Policy Research (3)
PHD-GP 5902 Doctoral Research Methods (3) (Wagner)
MGMT-GB 3381 Advanced Research in Organizational Behavior (3) (Stern)
GPH-GU 3110 Advanced Public Health Policy and Management (3)
MGMT-GB 3387 Organization Theory (3) (Stern)

Students Who Enrolled Before Fall 2016

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

Are you ready to start creating pioneering solutions to some of global health’s most demanding issues? Apply to the PhD in Public Health today!