Doctor of Philosophy Degrees
The Doctorate (PhD) programs offer a broad perspective on political, psychological, and institutional issues with particular emphasis on analytic and quantitative skills. This scientific research focus distinguishes the PhD degree from the DrPH degree, which is more general and practice based.
The graduate programs in Epidemiology are designed to develop skills and capability in the practice and teaching of this discipline. Students are able to learn and participate in epidemiology first hand from faculty members, many who are employees of the New York State Department of Health with University at Albany faculty appointments, who are actively engaged in the practice of epidemiology in addressing the public health problems and priorities of New York State. The major goal of the programs is to provide understanding of the theory, methods and knowledge of the science of epidemiology for students who plan to be employed in multiple settings, including universities, governmental agencies, health care facilities and private industry.
PhD Degree in Epidemiology
The PhD Degree in Epidemiology prepares students to understand the distribution and risk factors for public health problems in the community. They learn to define, compute and interpret fundamental epidemiologic measures, explain the principles, strengths and weaknesses of epidemiologic study designs, know how to apply fundamental techniques for selection of study populations, have experience with techniques for collecting data and evaluating quality of data, demonstrate basic skills for managing computer-based data, and demonstrate the ability to interpret and present the results of epidemiological research.
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PhD Degree in Biostatistics
The PhD Degree in Biostatistics prepares students to serve as biostatistics researchers and as vital collaborators in public health projects, providing expertise on the use of statistics in analysis of public health data. Students acquire a foundation of knowledge in the core areas of statistical science, develop skills in defining a problem and determining the variables that are relevant to solving a public health problem, understand the appropriate use of data, the integrity of data sets, and how data can be used in analyzing public health issues.
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