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The aim of the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree program is to prepare students entering with a strong background in the health sciences for a career in research and teaching in academic institutions, governmental agencies, research institutes, nonprofit organizations, or private industry. Although in contrast with the Dr.P.H. graduates, those with the Ph.D. degree may exhibit proficiency in "narrower lines of research and often with different types of research methods." They continue their careers, for example, teaching at a university, conducting research in a national laboratory, or engaging in population-based fieldwork around the world. The curriculum is designed to fulfill program requirements while also addressing the nature of the student's research interest and academic needs. Ph.D. degree students are expected to critically evaluate and write scientific journal articles as part of their educational training. They are also expected to gain adequate experience in pedagogy. Each student is responsible for identifying an appropriate faculty who will serve as his/her research mentor during the program. Learning objectives Students completing the Ph.D. degree program in epidemiology are expected to develop high-level knowledge of epidemiologic theory and methodology and to apply this knowledge to the design, conduct, statistical analysis, and interpretation of data from population-based research in the health sciences. The graduate of this program will be able to: • Demonstrate knowledge of human disease etiology and apply this knowledge to epidemiologic investigations. • Interpret descriptive epidemiologic data to generate hypotheses in the examination of possible risk factors for disease. • Critically evaluate the scientific literature pertaining to exposure and disease relationships, study designs, measures of association, issues of bias, confounding and effect modification; and identify gaps in knowledge. • Utilize classical, modern, and innovative epidemiologic methods to design studies and to develop research proposals using National Institutes of Health (NIH) guidelines. • Apply quantitative skills to analyze and synthesize epidemiologic data and to use statistical software packages. • Communicate epidemiologic concepts and findings orally and in written format (e.g., publishable manuscripts) to diverse audiences. Educational effectiveness indicators • Serve as a teaching assistant • Comprehensive examination • Dissertation proposal defense • Dissertation defense • Dissertation manuscript(including three publishable research papers) • Minimum of one published paper Prerequisite Doctoral-level health professional degree or Master's degree in related field, with documented research experience (such as published or submitted paper) and the following courses: • Anatomy • Physiology • Pathology • Histology • Microbiology • Biochemistry The following courses, or equivalent courses at the graduate level: • EPDM 509 Principles of Epidemiology • STAT 521 Biostatistics I • STAT 548 Analytical Applications of SAS Teaching assistantship/Laboratory assistantship Ph.D. degree students are required to participate as teaching or laboratory assistants in introductory and advanced methodological courses. Further, they are expected to obtain experience in lecturing by developing and delivering at least one class lecture during their doctoral training.

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Admissions Note

Doctoral applications are accepted once a year for the Fall term (beginning in September). The deadline for doctoral applications (SOPHAS application, LLU Secondary application, and all supporting documents submitted to LLU) is February 15th. Applications will be held until the deadline then forwarded to the program director and doctoral committee for review and a decision. Admission Requirements (in addition to the required program requirements for all DrPH degrees (, include all transcripts, official GRE (or equivalent) scores, three letters of recommendation (preferably two academic and one professional), and a secondary application (emailed to you once SOPHAS application is verified and complete) For GRE scores, even though we do not have a minimum GRE score requirement, 50th percentile or higher in each of the three sections of the GRE (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing) is considered competitive. International application may require additional documentation (see link below) If you have questions contact Alumni Profiles:


Fall 2018 | All applicants: 10/29/2017

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    Loma Linda University School of Public Health


    Loma Linda, CA

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    Loma Linda University School of Public Health

    Loma Linda University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. LLUSPH is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and is a member of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). We’re the only accredited Christian school of Public Health in the state of California. 


    Public Health is at the heart of the mission of Loma Linda University Health (LLUH). The school of public health, founded in 1967, continues to be the hub for public health initiatives at LLUH, a Seventh-day Adventist Christian organization. Our commitment to our students is an exceptional learning experience that instills confidence and skills that shape leaders in public health and beyond.


    LLUH’s mission is to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ, “To make man whole.” We believe wholeness is the harmonious relationship that exists when healthy individuals are able to thrive in resilient communities supported by sustainable systems of health. We prepare our students to view public health challenges from a global lens and with an eye on equity. Match your passion and drive with a hands on learning experience through our master’s and doctoral programs. 

    Working Professionals 

    We are the only school of public health in the country that offers an MBA in Health Care Administration. If you’re a working professional, our MBA degree incorporates time spent in a management or business setting toward degree requirements. With our online offerings, you can learn around your busy schedules. Our online programs include the MPH and DrPH in Health Education, MPH in Population Medicine, and MPH in Lifestyle Medicine. 

    Peace Corps 

    The LLU School of Public Health is partnered with the Peace Corps for our Master’s International Program (MIP) and Fellows/USA programs. MPH/MIP students complete coursework on the Loma Linda campus in one of seven majors at LLUSPH before entering the Peace Corps to fulfill the field experience requirement. If you are a returning Peace Corps volunteer, you are eligible to enter the Fellows/USA program where you can gain credit for your overseas experiences. 


    Faculty – Public health professionals who back up their scholastic teaching with real-world experience teach our programs. At LLUSPH there is approximately one faculty for every 10 students in our programs. 


    Local and Global – Take your passion all over the world. We belong to an international network of 29 hospitals and clinics in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Locally, in San Bernardino, CA, we offer opportunities with programs, projects, centers, and active grants for students to gain practical experience in the field of public health. 


    Career Services – LLUSPH recognizes that education is a means to an end. Our career center offers workshops on topics ranging from how to use professional software, writing a lit review, plagiarism and abstracts that get read. The career center also offers help on resumes, cover letters, interview skills, how to dress, and everything you need to know in and outside of the classroom. 


    Interdisciplinary – We are right next to the Loma Linda University Medical Center, a world class teaching hospital and 8 schools including Nursing, Pharmacy, Religion, Allied Health, Dentistry, Medicine and Public Health. The close proximity to other schools and professions, all within walking distance, offers many opportunities for collaboration. 


    Start Today – Start the application process now. There has never been a better time to join and grow the field of public health. 

    MPH | MS – rolling admissions MBA | DrPH | PhD – fall enrollment only

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    To get more information about LLU School of Public Health’s programs, please visit our website or call (909) 558-8776 to speak to an admissions counselor.

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