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Population Health PhD

Apply to the Population Health PhD Program.

The Ph.D. program in Population Health integrates interdisciplinary education and experiential opportunities to prepare students for careers dedicated to improving the health and well-being of populations.

Program Overview

This program trains students to become public health leaders through simultaneous examination of multiple determinations of health, including social, environmental, nutritional, and behavioral risk factors. Our students investigate the underlying causes of adverse health, including disease, disparities, and disability, through training in core population health disciplines — biostatistics, epidemiology, and health services — together with individual-specific and specialized training in topics related to student research. Importantly, our students are mentored by Northeastern’s distinguished faculty, who individually and together conduct innovative, solution-focused research in critical population health topics.

Our Population Health doctoral students learn to conduct research that addresses five key health determinants:
  1. Social and Community Context
  2. Environment and Neighborhoods
  3. Health and Health Care Delivery
  4. Education
  5. Economic Stability
Contact Info

Helen H. Suh
316 Robinson Hall
Tel: 617.373.3666
h.suh@neu.edu

Curriculum

The 33 credits of core instruction are designed to give students a strong background in quantitative analysis to prepare them for research in their concentration.

Research Concentrations

Social & Environmental Determinants of Health

Students are trained to conduct research examining the social and environmental determinants of health through a cohesive, trans- disciplinary program that integrates topics that include the five pillars of public health, including epidemiology, biostatistics, health program evaluation, environmental health, and social determinants of health.

Health Service & Policy

Students are trained to conduct highly rigorous research examining the financing, organization, and delivery of health care services through the use of quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Sample Schedule

Social & Environmental Determinants of Health Sample Curriculum

Social and Environmental Determinants of Health Concentration Area Population Health Doctoral Program

Students without Previous Epidemiology and Biostatistics Training
(33 credit hours required for graduation)

  • Fall Semester

    • PHTH5210 Biostatistics in Public Health*
    • PHTH5202 Introduction to Epidemiology*
    • PHTH6400 Principals Population Health I
    • PHTH5234 Economic Perspectives Health

    12 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • PHTH6210 Applied Regression Analysis*
    • PHTHxxxx Intermediate Epidemiology*
    • PHTH6410 Principals Pop Health II
    • PHTH7976 Directed Study/Research

    9 Credits

  • Summer Semester

    • PHSC6212 Res Skills Ethics
    • Research

    1 Credit

  • Fall Semester

    • PHTH5224 Social Epidemiology
    • PHTHxxxx Statistical Methods Epidemiology
    • Elective**
    • PHTH7976 Directed Study/Research

    8 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • Elective**
    • Elective**
    • PHTH7976 Directed Study/Research

    6 Credits

  • Summer Semester

    • Research
  • Fall Semester

    • Elective**
    • PHTH7976 Directed Study/Research

    3 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • Elective**
    • PHTH7976 Directed Study/Research

    3 Credits

  • Summer Semester

    • Research
  • Fall Semester

    • PHTH7976 Directed Study/Research
  • Spring Semester

    • PHTH7976 Directed Study/Research
  • Summer Semester

    • Research

* Students can waive required classes if they have taken equivalent classes in previous graduate programs.
** Electives to be determined in consultation with faculty advisor; required plus elective classes may total more than 33 credits

Health Service & Policy Sample Curriculum

Health Services Research Concentration Area Population Health Doctoral Program

(33 credit hours required for graduation)

  • Fall Semester

    • PHTH5210 Biostatistics in Public Health*
    • Directed Study
    • PHTH6400 Principals Population Health I
    • PHTH5234 Economic Perspectives Health

    11 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • PHTH6210 Applied Regression Analysis*
    • Elective
    • PHTH6410 Principals Pop Health II
    • PHTH7976 Directed Study/Research

    9 Credits

  • Summer Semester

    • PHSC6212 Res Skills Ethics
    • Research

    1 Credit

  • Fall Semester

    • ECON5100 Microeconomic Theory*
    • PHTH5202 Introduction to Epidemiology
    • Evaluat Health Care Quality
    • PHTH7976 Directed Study/Research

    9 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • Elective
    • Intermediate Epidemiology
    • PHTH7976 Directed Study/Research

    6 Credits

  • Summer Semester

    • Research
  • Fall Semester

    • Elective**
    • PHTH7976 Directed Study/Research

    3 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • Elective**
    • PHTH7976 Directed Study/Research

    3 Credits

  • Summer Semester

    • Research
  • Fall Semester

    • PHTH7976 Directed Study/Research
  • Spring Semester

    • PHTH7976 Directed Study/Research
  • Summer Semester

    • Research

* Students can waive required classes if they have taken equivalent classes in previous graduate programs.
** Electives to be determined in consultation with faculty advisor; required plus elective classes may total more than 33 credits

Elective Course Offerings

Elective Course Offerings

  • 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
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