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 2353 Regression I: Linear Regression and Modeling
GPH-GU 2354 Regression II: Categorical Data Analysis
GPH-GU 2960 Theories in Public Health, Practice, Policy & Research
GPH-GU 1165 Research Ethics
GPH-GU 3000** Perspectives in Public Health: Doctoral Seminar Part 1
GPH-GU 3010** Perspectives in Public Health: Doctoral Seminar Part 2
GPH-GU 2930* Epidemiological Methods and Design
GPH-GU 3050 Methods in Community Health Research
GPH-GU 3200 Dissertation Proposal Seminar
GPH-GU 5171 Global Health Informatics Workshop (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)

*Prerequisite course GPH-GU-2450 Intermediate Epidemiology
**Formerly Doctoral Colloquium; 1.5 credits each

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 of the listed 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 their specialization area.  

GPH-GU 3175 Design, Conduct, and analysis of Cohort Studies (Sp 19)
GPH-GU 3220 Experimental Study Designs in Epidemiology (Fall 19)
GPH-GU 3152 Advanced Agent-Based Modeling (Fall 19) 
GPH-GU 3230 Topics in Advanced Modelings (Sp 19) 
GPH-GU 2317 Social Epidemiology
GPH-GU 2225 Psychometric Measurement and Analysis in Public Health Research and Practice
GPH-GU 2286 Introduction to Data Management and Statistical Computing
GPH-GU 2480 Longitudinal Analysis of Public Health Data
GPH-GU 2387 Survey Design, Analysis, and Reporting

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 in 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.

Required Advanced Methods Courses
GPH-GU 3040 Intervention and Prevention Sciences (Sp 19)
GPH-GU 3210 Qualitative Analysis: Interviewing & Mixed Methods Approaches (Sp 19)

Additional GPH Advanced Methods/Seminar Courses
GPH-GU 2225 Psychometric Measurement & Analysis in Public Health Research and Practice&

GPH-GU 2480 Longitudinal Analysis of Public Health Data

GPH-GU 2380 Survey Design, Analysis, and Reporting
GPH-GU 3175 Design, Conduct, and Analysis of Cohort Studies (Sp 19)

GPH-GU 3260 Complex Systems, Disasters, and the Social Ecology of Health (Fall 19) 

Additionally, you may take social science courses (seminar or theory) outside GPH  based on your  sub-field and guidance from your mentor. Below are examples of current course offerings (AY 2017-18):

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)


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

GPH-GU 3185 Health Services and Policy Research (to be offered first in the Fall 2019)
PHD-GP 5902 Doctoral Research Methods (Wagner)
MGMT-GB 3381 Advanced Research in Organizational Behavior (Stern)

GPH-GU 3110 Advanced Public Health Policy and Management (to be offered first in the Spring 2019)
MGMT-GB 3387 Organization Theory (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!