Department of

Public Health Seminars:


Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Mortality Trends in the U.S. (Graves); Pre-eclampsia prevalence in Virginia from 2008-2015: An analysis of individual- and neighborhood-level factors (Taylor)

Whitney Graves, MPH, and DaShaunda Taylor, MPH | PhD Students, VCU Division of Epidemiology


Ph.D. Program Requirements

Course work

A minimum of 41 credit hours of course work is required and at least 18 credit hours of directed dissertation research. Students will be required to complete:

More details will be available in the VCU Graduate Bulletin

Elective courses are possible across a wide range of schools and departments, including Social and Behavioral Health, Psychology, Healthcare Policy and Research, Biostatistics, Health Administration, Gerontology, Human and Molecular Genetics, Sociology,  the School of Nursing, the Center for Public Policy, the School of Pharmacy, and the Center for Environmental Studies.

Other Requirements

In addition to completing course work, as part of their training, students are required to:

Curriculum Map

For a curriculum map of Program courses and requirements and Program competencies, click Curriculum Map Spring 2015

Comprehensive Exams

Comprehensive exams include a written exam that assesses knowledge of completed didactic coursework on core epidemiological and biostatistical methods as well as a tailored substantive section based on the student’s research focus, and an oral comprehensive exam based upon the student’s dissertation proposal.


The dissertation project must be a hypothesis-based, analytical epidemiology project that has been designed with feedback from the faculty advisor and committee members. Students develop and submit three manuscripts from this project to peer-reviewed journals and should have submitted at least one manuscript by time of defense.