School of Public Health


EPI 584 Doctoral Dissertation Seminar (1, max. 2)

Forum for Epidemiology doctoral students to obtain information for doctoral research, including: project ideas; forming a committee; developing a proposal; conducting the project; and presenting results. Prerequisite: EPI 512 and EPI 513, admission to the PhD program, successful completion of the preliminary examination, or second-year status. Credit/no-credit only.

Autumn 2020

Line Number Section ID Credits Days/Times Room/Bldg Instructor
14936A1.0Wednesday @ 8:30am - 10:20amT625 (HST)Kevin Schuda

Winter 2021

Line Number Section ID Credits Days/Times Room/Bldg Instructor
00000A1.0Friday @ 8:30am - 10:20amN/ANoel S Weiss
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Topics Covered

  • Strategies for identifying a dissertation topic and developing a good dissertation proposal
  • Critique of dissertation proposal

Learning Objectives

  1. Formulate a dissertation project research question that will advance scientific knowledge about a topic of public health importance.  
  2. Develop a brief project description that presents the study aims, scientific background, public health significance and methods for carrying out the dissertation project.
  3. Develop dissertation project study procedures for the protection of rights of human subjects.  
  4. Describe the critical components of the design, data collection, quality control and data management procedures of the dissertation project.
  5. Make an  oral presentation and lead a discussion on the planned dissertation project.  
  6. Critically evaluate and comment on a research proposal.

Course Format

Lecture; student presentation of individual proposals; group critique of dissertation proposals 

How You Will Be Evaluated

Production of a "short" proposal for a doctoral dissertation   

Contact the Instructors

Annette Fitzpatrick (
Noel Weiss  (