The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree requires a significant program of study and research that qualifies the recipient to work independently and contribute to the advancement of the field of knowledge. The emphasis is on mastery of the field and particularly on the acquisition of research skills as a basis for original work.
The three PhD programs in Public Health can be pursued in any of the following areas: Epidemiology, Health Behavior and Health Promotion, and Health Services Management and Policy. In addition, the two public health interdisciplinary PhD programs are available in Biostatistics (with the Department of Statistics) and a specialization in Environmental Public Health (via the interdisciplinary Environmental Science Graduate Program, ESGP).
PhD Program Specializations
Interdisciplinary PhD in Biostatistics
Interdisciplinary PhD, Environmental Public Health
Health Behavior and Health Promotion
Health Services Management and Policy
In addition to the overall credit requirement, doctoral students must fulfill the following residence requirements after the master’s degree has been earned or after the first 30 credit hours of graduate credit have been completed (for more information visit the Graduate School's page on this topic):
A minimum of 24 graduate credit hours required for the PhD must be completed at The Ohio State University
- A minimum of two consecutive pre-candidacy semesters or one semester and a summer session with full time enrollment must be completed while in residence at The Ohio State University
- A minimum of six graduate credit hours over a period of at least two semesters or one semester and a summer session must be completed after admission to candidacy.
Each PhD student must have a specialization ("major") that is drawn primarily from one of the core areas of the College of Public Health. While the definition of the major field may be responsive to individual interests, it is the responsibility of the division and the student's Advisory Committee to ensure that the student has an adequate grounding in the representative content of the field. In addition, the student is required to show expertise in the research methods appropriate for the major field chosen and to select a supporting minor field. Fields of specialization may create standardized curriculum requirements to meet the expectations of the discipline or may permit more discretion by the Advisory Committee.
For information on how to apply, recommended preparation and FAQs, please visit Apply to Graduate Programs.