Course Registration

How To Register

Registration is possible once students have a V-number (the student identification number). However, incoming students who register prior to the start of the semester will be considered non-degree-seeking students; once the semester begins, their status will change to a matriculated, program student. Students who try to register online may find that some courses are blocked for online registration. These blocks may be in place to ensure that program students have first access to our courses or because of prerequisite courses. If you discover that a course is blocked for registration, please contact Shana Ryman, Graduate Programs Coordinator, or Lisa S. Anderson, Director of Educational Programs, for more information.

Please note that currently, all required courses are offered only once per year. Students should consult DegreeWorks, accessible via eServices, to see the course requirements for their degree. More information on DegreeWorks, including tutorials, is available here.

If you need more guidance, faculty and staff will be available at orientation to answer your specific questions. You should focus on completing core and required courses first, with elective courses as a secondary priority. Any elective courses that you choose that are offered outside of the public health departments should be selected from the list of elective courses listed here. Please be aware that the courses listed may be offered in fall or spring, and sometimes special topics courses that do not appear on the electives list but are appropriate electives may be offered. Any courses not on the electives list must be approved by the Director of Educational Programs.

PhD Students

Your primary focus should be on completing required courses in the PhD program. Plan to register for the following:

EPID 649: Analysis of Health Data Sets 3 Credits
EPID 650: Epidemiology Methods for Research 3 Credits
EPID 690: Journal Club 3 Credits
STAT 643: Applied Linear Regression 3 Credits

Students may find that they are blocked from registration in STAT 643. If this occurs, program administration will be able to work with the Statistics Department to issue an override that will allow registration in the course.

*offered on the Monroe Park Campus

Full-Time MPH Students

Your primary focus for the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters should be completing core courses in the MPH Program. Full-time students should plan to take, at a minimum, the following courses in the Fall 2018 semester:

BIOS 543: Graduate Research Methods I 3 Credits
EPID 547: Applied Data Analysis Lab 1 3 Credits
EPID 571: Principles of Epidemiology 3 Credits
EPID 580: Public Health Ethics 1 Credit
EPID 593: Foundations of the Public Health Profession 2 Credits

*Register for BIOS 543-901, taught by Roy Sabo.

Students may also choose to enroll in an elective course of interest. The MPH Program requires 12 credits of elective coursework throughout the Program. However, many full time students find the rigor of the courses listed above to be a sufficient load for the first semester.

Part-Time MPH Students

Part-time students should consult with a faculty advisor or the Director of Educational Programs regarding course selection and sequencing. Recall that it is important to complete core or required coursework before proceeding to elective coursework. Part-time students should first take BIOS 543 and EPID 547, Statistical Analysis I and Applied Data Analysis Lab I. These courses must be taken concurrently.

Other Course and Tuition Information

Advisors will have been assigned to students before the semester begins, and students will receive notice of these assignments via email. Faculty and staff members will be available at orientation to answer student questions.

A full listing of courses with descriptions is available at:

The schedule of classes for fall may be found at:

Important Information: Tuition and Payment Information

For more information visit: Student Accounting: Bills and Payments

VCU does not issue paper bills but expects students to maintain their tuition accounts online. To reduce administrative costs, VCU requires that those using credit cards pay the required convenience fee of 2.75% of the payment amount. Students may pay tuition and fees online using an electronic check and without incurring convenience fees related to credit card transactions.

Instructions for Electronic Transfers to VCU