Life Sciences and Public Health Dual Degree PhD/MPH

Degree Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.


Total Units Required for the combined PhD/MPH Degree: 22

Courses Required by DGP for PhD Component

Total DGP courses: 6

Course Title
Core Courses
Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Statistics (4 units)
Elective Courses
Two DGP electives of the student's choice in consultation with their adviser(s)
MPH classes for which DGP credit is given

Courses Required by Public Health for MPH Component

Total MPH course units: 16

Course Title
Required Courses
PUB_HLTH 301-0Behavior, Society & Health
PUB_HLTH 302-0Introduction to Biostatistics
PUB_HLTH 303-0Environmental Health Sciences
PUB_HLTH 304-0Introduction to Epidemiology
PUB_HLTH 310-0Foundations of Public Health I
PUB_HLTH 311-0Foundations of Public Health II
PUB_HLTH 312-0Foundations of Public Health III
PUB_HLTH 418-0Applied Practice Experience I
PUB_HLTH 419-0Applied Practice Experience II
PUB_HLTH 420-0Introduction to US Health Care System
PUB_HLTH 560-0Culminating Experience
Intermediate Level Course Requirement
One of the following:
Intermediate Biostatistics
Intermediate Epidemiology
Methodology Course Requirement
One of the following:
Program Evaluation
Introduction to GIS and Spatial Analysis for Public Health
Basic Decision Analysis and Models of Medical Decision Making
Health Services Research Design & Analysis Strategies: Technology Assessment
Survey Design & Methodology
Qualitative Research Methods
Two of the following: 1
Advanced Immunology
Advanced Microbial Pathogenesis
Tumor Cell Biology
Molecular Mechanisms of Carcinogenesis
The remaining five electives must be chosen from among the following MPH courses in consultation with the MPH adviser:
Introduction to International Public Health
Global Health Care Service Delivery
Introduction to Health and Human Rights
Assessment, Planning & Evaluation in Community Health
Infection Disease Epidemiology and Prevention
Injury and Violence Prevention
Disease Prevention and Health Promotion: Principles and Application
Public Health Law: Promoting Healthy Youth Development
Global Health Research Practicum
Practicum on Epidemiologic Research Design & Data
Ethical Issues in Clinical Research
Advanced Decision Analysis
Writing and Peer Reviewing for Scientific Publication
Introduction to Maternal Child Health
Public Health Policy
Advanced Global Public Health
Independent Study
Artificial Epidemics and Changes in Human Culture
Artificial Epidemics and Changes in Human Culture II
Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology

Two of these DGP courses may be double counted toward both the PhD and MPH degrees. 

Other PhD Degree Requirements

  • Examinations: PhD qualifying examinations during second year of study
  • Research/Projects: laboratory research based on dissertation research proposal
  • Thesis prospectus: written thesis proposal and presentation to thesis committee in Fall of third year
  • PhD Dissertation: written dissertation; annual presentation of research-in-progress to thesis
  • Publication: portion of PhD thesis work in peer-reviewed journal
  • Final Evaluation: dissertation defense, consisting of written dissertation, public presentation of research accomplishments, and oral defense of dissertation to thesis committee
  • Other: three laboratory rotations in first year, intended to assist student in selecting dissertation research advisers; regular participation in seminars and journal clubs; teaching assignment one quarter in third year.