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Population Health (PhD) Curriculum

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The 23 credits of core instruction are designed to give students a strong background in quantitative analysis to prepare them for research in their concentration. The 9 required courses meet once a week and are taught from 5-7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, facilitating enrollment for students who work full or part-time.

Core courses:

  • Ethics in Biological Research OR Research Skills and Ethics
  • Biostatistics in Public Health
  • Applied Regression Analysis
  • Introduction to Epidemiology (unless waived)
  • Intermediate Epidemiology
  • Evaluation of Health Care Quality OR Economic Perspectives on Healthcare
  • Principles of Population Health Research I
  • Principles of Population Health Research II


A selection of elective offerings:

Course name

Theoretical Foundations of Personal Health Informatics
Health Organization Management
Public Health Administration and Policy
Environmental Health
Social Epidemiology
Strategic Management and Leadership in Health Care
Global Health
Community Participatory Research
Health Education and Program Planning
Principles and History of Urban Health
Neighborhood and Public Health
Qualitative Methods in Health and Illness
Statistical Methods for Epidemiology
Contested Environmental Illnesses
Health and Social Movements
Advances in Measuring Behavior
Behavioral Economics
Human Physiology and Pathophysiology
Advanced Exercise Physiology

* List of electives intended as a guide, as electives may be selected from other NEU graduate classes; advisor consultation is required when choosing electives

Contact Info

Helen H. Suh
316 Robinson Hall
Tel: 617.373.3666