The purpose of the Doctor of Public Health in Epidemiology (DrPH) is to educate professionals with knowledge, skills and abilities in the development of epidemiological methodology applied to health needs including the identification of risk factors, clinical research, programs assessment, prevention, protection and treatment of diseases. These professionals will contribute to the enhancement of the public health through analyses and reformulation of laws that impact health on the local, state and federal levels.
The DrPH is awarded after the successful completion of an interdisciplinary 63-credits curriculum. Students take a comprehensive test at the end of the 2nd year after their completing their class work. An original research of a significant contribution to the scientific knowledge or epidemiological application in a particular health field must be completed during the final years of the Program.
The doctoral degree in Public Health (DrPH) with specialty in Epidemiology responds to the educational mission of the Public Health Program of the Ponce Health Sciences University and to the Essential Functions of the Public Health which establish the formation and continuing education for the health professionals. As part of our mission is the preparation of the public health students for the integration of the health community, for the participation of the epidemiologic transition and the current transformations of the health systems, private and governmental organizations and other health services. The formation of the doctoral students will be complemented with the necessary competencies in epidemiology as the specific area of public health.
The principal goal of the doctoral program in epidemiology is to educate professionals with the knowledge and skills in the epidemiological method as applied to diverse areas of specialization in the identification of health needs and risk factors and in the evaluation of health programs for the prevention, protection and treatment of illnesses. The specific objectives are the following:
- To describe and to interpret the principal indicators of health and illness to generate relevant information for making decisions and the formulation of health policies.
- To plan, design and coordinate protocols of investigation that can be accomplished following ethical principles and safety rules.
- To identify and to select appropriate epidemiologic designs that can answer the relevant questions to public health problems.
- To integrate the epidemiologic method with qualitative and statistical methods in the designs of investigation.
- To provide advice on the decision-making process and on public health policies using the epidemiologic method.
In evaluating the applicants, emphasis is placed upon integrity, character, academic achievements, motivation, emotional stability, GRE score, evidence of health care-related experience, interview reports, letters of recommendation and other information provided by the applicant.
The applicant must:
- Present evidence of the successful completion of a master’s degree in an institution accredited by the PR Council of Education or by a US recognized accrediting organization.
- Have completed three credits of College Mathematics and the following courses prior to admission:
|Fundamentals of Public Health||3|
|Introduction to Environmental Health||3|
|Introduction to Epidemiology||3|
|Psychosocial Aspects of Public Health||3|
|Public Health Managements||3|
*If the student is missing any of these credits, it can be taken in our Institution or another one.
- Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
- Have taken the GRE examination (General Test) with a minimum score of 500 (290 new score), no more than five years earlier
- Attend a personal interview
- Submit the following documents:
- Official transcript from all universities attended (undergraduate and graduate).
- Three letters of recommendation
- Two of the letters of recommendation should provide input from people in responsible position who can comment on your academic, employment or volunteer performance, character and interest. For undergraduate, this often means professors, academic advisors or employer.
- The third letter must be of someone who is able to assess your advocacy experience. All of them should be written using the format accompanying the application form.
- GRE official score www.ets.org/gre – no more than 5 years earlier
- Certificate of No Penal Record (Criminal Background Check)
- Application fee non-refundable $100 (USD) non-refundable
- Essay and Curriculum Vitae
Upon acceptance, all students are required to submit the following:
- Written confirmation of acceptance and a deposit of $100.00 to secure your seat in the entering class.
- Physical Exam (form provided by Admissions Office)
- Evidence of up to date immunization record (must include Varicella, Td Adult, MMR and three doses of Hepatitis B).
- Other documents will be notified as pertinent
The Application for Admission to the DrPH in Epidemiology can be downloaded or obtained personally at our Admissions Office.
Deadline to submit a complete application – May 30
Students must complete all courses within the established time frame. The Program requires a minimum of credits according to the DrPH’s curriculum.
- A student must complete each academic year with a minimum grade point average of 3.00. Any student failing to meet 3.00 point GPA standard of performance or failing any course will be placed on probation and referred to the Student Promotion Committee.
- A minimum of B must be obtained on any require course
- A minimum of C must be obtained on any selective or elective course
Comprehensive Examination must be taken upon completion of the second academic year. If the student fails to approve the examination, the student, must enroll in the next quarter in independent study courses which must be approved in its entirety in that quarter. Any student failing to meet this standard performance will be referred to the Student Promotion Committee.
Doctoral Dissertation Requirement
A Doctoral Dissertation according to the established guidelines with a research proposal defense and Oral Dissertation Defense is required to obtain the Degree of Doctor in Public Health with specialty in epidemiology.
Professional Behavior Requirement
Students must conduct themselves in accordance with the norms for professional conduct set forth by Ponce Health Sciences University.
All courses and grades obtained will appear on the student’s academic record, including elective courses taken at other institutions.
All departments establish evaluation criteria for the successful completion of courses taught by the department. These criteria are made available to the students at the beginning of the course. It indicates the number of examinations, quizzes, laboratory exercises, grading procedures and practical tests with their weight. The grading system for graduate students is as follows:
A Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) has been established to ensure that the Dr.PH-Epidemiology students completes the academic program within the acceptable time frame and with the expected quality of performance. This policy also ensures that the student financial aid requirements set forth by federal regulations have been met. Student’s academic progress should be evaluated annually at the end of each academic year.
This policy applies to all Dr. PH in Epidemiology students enrolled at Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU).
- Time Frame for Completion of the Academic Program
A student will be allowed a maximum time frame of five (5) years of enrollment beyond the standard of eight (8) years required for the completion of the Program.
The total credits for completion of a degree include those graduate courses accredited on admission to the Program.
Time Frame for Completion of the Academic Program
|Doctoral Program in Public Health in Epidemiology||5 years||8 years|
Definition of Full Time
Students with an academic load of six credits or more per trimester will be considered a full time doctoral student. Student solely enrolled in the Doctoral Dissertation will also be considered a full-time student.
Definition of Part Time
Students with an academic load of less than six credits per trimester will be considered a part time doctoral student.
- Completion of the Dr.PH Requirements
- Course Requirement: Students must complete all courses within the established time frame. The Program requires a minimum of 61 credits.
- Performance Requirement:
- A student must complete each academic year with a minimum grade point average of 3.00. Any student failing to meet 3.00-point GPA standard of performance or failing any course will be placed on probation and referred to the PHSU Student Promotion Committee.
- A minimum grade of B may be obtained in required and selective courses.
- A minimum grade of C could be obtained in elective courses.
- Comprensive Examination Requirement:
A Comprensive Examination (Comprehensive Exams) must be taken upon completion of the second academic year. If the student fails to approve the Examination, the student must enroll in independent study courses during the next trimester. Independent courses are offered to give the students the opportunity to achieve the competences in the areas failed in the Examination. Independent courses should be approved entirely during the next trimester. A maximum of 6 credits will be allowed to be taken as independent studies. Any student failing to meet this standard performance will be referred to the Student Promotion Committee.
- Doctoral Dissertation Requirement:
A Doctoral Dissertation according to the established guidelines with a research proposal defense and Oral Dissertation Defense is required to obtain the Degree of Doctor in Public Health with specialty in epidemiology.
In order to graduate, the student must complete all requirements and maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.00 GPA in scale of 4.00 point. Satisfactory Academic Progress is required for financial aid eligibility and will be reviewed on a yearly basis, at the end of each academic year.
- One “F” or one “NP” in any of the courses, or a cumulative GPA less than 3.00 in the academic year is not allowed. A grade of “F” in any course will be referred to the Student Promotion Committee, to be considered for dismissal from the academic program.
- The student may have a maximum of two elective courses with C in record.
- A student repeating a course or with a GPA less than 3.00 will be considered in academic probation.
- If the student fails to obtain a grade of B or more in a repeated course, he/she will be referred to the Students Promotion Committee for a consideration of dismissal from the academic program.
- Courses with “F” grade will remain on record after they are successfully repeated, but only the new grade (s) will be used to compute the grade point average.
- Grades of “P” (Pass) or “NP” (No Pass) are applicable to the qualifying examination. Grades of “IP” (In Progress), “P” (Pass) or “NP” (No Pass) are applicable to the research proposal defense and dissertation.
- When the research/dissertation activity requires more than one trimester for its completion, the student will receive a grade of “In Progress” (IP) for each trimester and until the research/dissertation is completed.
- A grade of “I” (Incomplete) will only be allowed under very special circumstances as determined by the faculty member teaching that particular course. The student must remove the “I” (Incomplete) by the end of the following trimester or an administrative “F” will replace it.
- Graduate courses not offered at PHSU could be taken at other institution only with permission and approval of the Dr. PH Coordinator, Associate Dean for Public Health and the Dean for Health Sciences.
- If the student obtained a reversed dismissal, he/she won’t be in satisfactory academic progress and is considered both on academic and financial aid probation.
Financial Aid Eligibility
A student failing to meet the program requirements will be dismissed. Students notified that they are to be dismissed from program, have the right to appeal the case in writing to the University President within seven working days after receiving the notification.
The Appeal or Due Process for Dismissal
Students who are notified by the Program’s Academic Dean a decision of the Students Promotion Committee that he/she must repeat failed courses during the next academic year or to be dismissed from the program, have the right to appeal the decision within seven working days after receiving the notification.
The appeal or due process presented below must be followed.
The student will appeal in writing to the Students Promotion Committee (SPC) and include all relevant documentation to support the request. The Committee will evaluate the reasons and evidence submitted to determine if they change their initial decision. After the meeting, the SPC has 48 hours to submit its decision to the Program’s Academic Dean, who will notify the decision to the student.
If the SPC sustains the adverse decision, the student has the right to appeal to the Dean of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (SBBS). The appeal must be submitted in writing within seven working days after receiving the notification. The SBBS’ Dean will evaluate the appeal and the student’s academic record. The SBBS’ Dean can appoint a three-member Ad-Hoc Committee to re-evaluate all evidence. Rejection of the appeal by the Dean is final.
If an Ad-Hoc Committee is appointed, they will notify the student in writing of the date and the time when the appeal will be evaluated. After the meeting, the Ad-Hoc Committee has forty-eight (48) hours to submit a recommendation to the SBBS’Dean. The Dean will consider the Ad-Hoc Committee recommendation and make the final decision within forty-eight (48) hours.
Any decision will be reported to the student in writing. The decision made by the Dean of the SBBS is final.
The same process described above will be followed in the case that the adverse decision made by the Committee is for non-academic reasons, such as unacceptable professional behavior. The SBBS’ Dean, or the VP for Student Affairs will refer the case to the SPC. If the recommendation of the SPC is to dismiss the student, the appeal process described above may be activated.
In the event that an adverse decision is made due to non-academic reasons and the SBBS’s Dean sustains the decision after the appeal process, the student may appeal to the Vice-President for Academic Affair. Any additional appeal should be submitted to the PHSU President.
Professional Behavior Requirement
The students should conduct themselves in accordance with the norms for professional conduct set forth by the Ponce Health Science University at all times.
Commitment to Public Health Philosophy
It is expected that every student be committed to the betterment of our fellow human beings as exposed by the philosophy that governs the Public Health Profession.
Academic Probation and Financial Aid Eligibility
Any student failing to meet the grade requirement might be place on academic probation for one trimester, but will be eligible for financial aid. Students that fail to comply with grade requirements after the prescribed probation time will be referred to the Student Promotion Committee for dismissal from the program.
Appeal Process for Academic and Financial Aid Probation
Students notified that the Public Health Students Promotion Committee (SPC) decided to dismiss them from the Dr.PH Program, or that he/she must repeat failed courses during the next academic year, will have the right to appeal the decision within seven working days after receiving the notification.
The appeal or due process presented below must be followed.
The student will appeal in writing to the Public Health Students Promotion Committee (SPC). The letter should include all relevant documentation to support the request. The Committee will evaluate the reasons and evidence submitted to determine if they would change their initial decision. The SPC has 48 hours to submit its decision to the Associate Dean for Public Health, who will notify the decision to the student.
If the SPC sustains the adverse decision, the student has the right to appeal to the Dean of Health Sciences. The appeal must be submitted in writing within seven working days after receiving the last notification. The Dean of Health Sciences will evaluate the appeal and the student’s academic record. The Dean can appoint a three-member Ad-Hoc Committee to re-evaluate all evidence. Rejection of the appeal by the Dean is final.
If an Ad-Hoc Committee is appointed, they will notify the student in writing the date and time set to appealing meeting. The Ad-Hoc Committee has forty-eight (48) hours to submit a recommendation to the Dean of Health Sciences. The Dean of Health Sciences will consider the Ad-Hoc Committee recommendation and make the final decision within forty-eight (48) hours.
Any decision will be reported to the student in writing. The decision made by the Dean of Health Sciences is final.
The same process described above will be followed in the case that the adverse decision made by the Committee is for non-academic reasons, such as unacceptable professional behavior. The Associate Dean for Health Sciences or the VP for Student Affairs will refer the case to the SPC. If the recommendation of the SPC is to dismiss the student, the appeal process described above may be activated.
In the event that an adverse decision is made due to non-academic reasons and the Dean of Health Sciences sustains the decision after the appealing process, the student may appeal to the Vice-President for Academic Affairs and then to the President.
Reinstatement of Financial Aid
Financial Aid eligibility is contingent upon satisfactory academic progress. It is the student’s responsibility to request reinstatement of financial aid.
The President, the Dean for Academic Affairs and the Dean for Student Affairs, the Registrar and the Financial Aid Director will receive all pertinent data to ensure proper enforcement of the policies set forth.
Created and Revise by V. Green & M. Roubert August 5, 2016
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DrPH Epidemiology Curriculum
|DrPh Courses Pre-requisites|
|MPH-5101||Fundamentals of Public Health||3|
|MPH-5102||Introduction to Biostatistics||3|
|MPH-5310||Introduction to Environmental Health||3|
|MPH-5103||Introduction to Epidemiology||3|
|MPH-5201||Psychosocial Aspects of Public Health||3|
|MPH-5411||Public Health Management||3|
|MPH-5511||Bioethics and Public Health Law||3|
|DrPh Required Courses||3|
|DPH 6010||Epidemiological Research Methods||3|
|DPH 6011||Epidemiological Research Methods Application||3|
|DPH 6300||Public Health Leadership & Advocacy||3|
|DPH 7015||Biostatistics for Epidemiology||3|
|DPH 5503||Bioethics in Public Health||3|
|DPH 6340||Health Services Administration and Management||3|
|DPH 6253||Survey Questionnaire Design in Public Health; Epidemiology – Test Construction||3|
|DPH 7002||Advance Biostatistics||3|
|DPH 7047||Epidemiological Data Analysis||3|
|DPH 6350||Planning and Evaluation Health Programs||3|
|DPH 6320||Teaching Epidemiology||3|
|DPH 7023||Applied Epidemiology and Surveillance||3|
|DPH 5502||Health Policy||3|
|IHD-919||Inter-Professional Perspectives in Health Disparities||1|
|DPH XXXX||Consulting Practicum||2|
|DPH 6203||Clinical Trials||3|
|DPH 7181||Public Health Education||3|
|DPH 7143||Epidemiology of Tobacco||3|
|DPH 6601||Grant Writing in Epidemiology||3|
|DPH 6103||Epidemiology of Diseases of Major Public Health Importance||3|
|DPH 5601||Writing Papers in Public Health||3|
|DPH 7073||Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases||3|
|DPH 7173||Social Epidemiology||3|
|DPH 6133||Epidemiology of Work Related Diseases||3|
|DPH 6153||Epidemiology of Transmissible Diseases||3|
|DPH 7193||Cancer Epidemiology||3|
|DPH 6123||Cardiovascular Epidemiology||3|
|DPH 7113||Mental Health Epidemiology||3|
|DPH 7103||Genetic Epidemiology||3|
|DPH 7153||Epidemiology of Arthritis, Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Disease||3|
|DPH 5734||Fundamentals of Pathophysiology||3|
|DPH 7133||Environmental Problems & Solutions in Epidemiology||3|
|DPH 6330||Health Economics||3|
|DPH 7123||Laboratory Rotation||3|
|DPH 6310||Legal Issues in Epidemiology||3|
|DPH 7043||Injury Epidemiology||3|
|DPH 7700||Independent Study: Special project||3|
|DPH 7014||Environmental Epidemiology||3|
|DPH 7183||Post Market Surveillance||3|
|DPH 7010||Epidemiology Communicable and Tropical Diseases||3|
|DPH 7300||Applied Public Health Project||3|
|Integrative Learning Experience||0|
DPH 6010 Epi Research Methods
The course will cover the principles of research methodology by describing methods used in the assessment of public health problems and clinical research. The students learn setting up the rationale for a research, selecting an appropriate methodology, collecting data, analyzing data, interpreting the results and then, communicating the results.
DPH 6253 Theory and Survey Questionnaire
The course tries to provide the student the fundamental knowledge of the construction of tests. They will be examined and practice on him across a series of exercises the methods to determine the validity and reliability of the tests. The measurement scales will be studied, for example the Likert scale, with emphasis on their role on the measurement of epidemiological data.
DPH 6203 Clinical Trials
The course is intended as an introduction to the rationale, design, conduct, analysis and presentation of clinical trials. Clinical trial designs will be reviewed, including topics such as Randomization, Blinding, Sample size, Cross-over designs, Funding, Organization, Protocol development, Ethical considerations, Outcomes’ measurement, Data management, Development of Data collection forms, Adherence and compliance, Recruitment, Monitoring of adverse events, Analysis of data and Publication procedures.
DPH 7015 Biostatistics for Epidemiology
The course covers the main biostatistics procedures used by epidemiologists as they apply to specific public health problems. A number of topics in the biostatistics analysis of epidemiological data are included such as analysis of categorical data by using cross-tabulation, stratified analysis, multiple linear regression, logistic regression, survival curves and the Cox’s proportional hazards regression analysis. The identification and adjustment of confounding and how to handle and interpret interactions between variables by using multiple adjustment procedures are integral part of this course. This class includes lectures and a large proportion of practical sessions such as in-class computer exercises and homework. The first part of the course includes a review of basic concepts of epidemiology and biostatistics to update and prepare students for the second part of the course that focuses on multivariate analysis.
DPH 7002 Advanced Biostatistical
The class will cover a number of advanced topics in the statistical analysis of bio-medical data: regression, adjustment for covariates, odds ratios, logistic regression, models for count data and survival analysis.
DPH 6601 Grants Writing in Epidemiology
This grant writing course is designed to acquaint students with the knowledge and effective grant writing skills involved in grant writing for Federal, State and private competitive funding.
DPH 7163 Sampling
This course covers simple random sampling, sampling for proportions, estimation of sample size, sampling with varying probabilities, types of sampling: stratified, systematic, cluster, double, sequential, incomplete.
DPH 7201 Meta-Analysis
The course initiates with an introduction to meta-analysis. It discusses the strengths and weaknesses of this type of analysis. It continues with the discussion of the concepts that integrate the meta-analysis. The students will use the statistical program EPIDAT 3.1 of the Pan-American Organization of the Health (OPS) for practical exercises.
DPH 5601 Writing Papers in Public Health
This course concentrates on writing a research paper and on the effective presentation of scientific information in text, tables and figures. It emphasizes an approach oriented to the reader, addressing subjects such as: writing tables, abstract introductions, methods, results and discussions. Students will learn about the writing process by drafting and revising a manuscript based on their own research.
DPH 7173 Social Epidemiology
This course will provide a systematic and selective overview of conceptual approaches and research findings related to the impact of social context on the health of populations. Among the social processes to be examined are social inequities (including those related to socioeconomic position and race/ethnicity), social integration (including social capital, social networks and support) and the role of residential neighborhood characteristics. Emphasis will be placed on extending the causal chain thought to be associated with patterns of acute and chronic disease to include “upstream” factors that are properties of social context rather than of individuals.
DPH 6133 Epidemiology of Work Related Diseases
Discusses principals occupational diseases. Examines the relationship between vulnerable populations, work and health. The aim of this course is to provide the tools needed to identifying hazards in workplace, identify work related diseases and develop a work relative surveillance system.
DPH 6153 Epidemiology of Transmissible Diseases
The purpose of this course is learning about Transmissible Diseases epidemiology. Study the research methods, outbreak investigations, Transmissible Diseases surveillance and vaccine. We will study infectious diseases like malaria, foodborne diseases, respiratory diseases and HIV.
DPH 7193 Cancer Epidemiology
This course will introduce students to cancer epidemiology research. We will cover biology and cancer, descriptive epidemiology and research methods. The principal aim is to provide basic skills to understand major studies, risk factor and public health problems.
DPH 6123 Cardiovascular Epidemiology
This course will cover coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension and end stage renal disease. The students study the natural history of the disease, epidemiology, modifiable and no modifiable risk factors, research methods and the current epidemiological studies in cardiovascular disease.
DPH 7113 Mental Health Epidemiology
This course will cover common measures in mental health research, design and analysis of group-randomized trials with applications to mental health epidemiology, major mental disorders and principles of measurement in mental health research.
DPH 7103 Genetic Epidemiology
This course will present fundamental concepts and methods in Genetic Epidemiology. It will review basic terminology of genetics and introduce various genetic epidemiology study designs, covering basic analysis, inferences, plus their strengths and limitations.
DPH 7153 Epidemiology of Arthritis, Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal
This course includes both clinical and classical epidemiology whose overall goal is to improve our understanding of the epidemiology of arthritis, autoimmune and musculoskeletal diseases. The spectrum of projects ranges from descriptive epidemiologic studies to the identification of etiologic risk factors, or the examination of factors predictive of prognosis and outcome in patients with these diseases.
DPH 5734 Pathophysiology and Public Health
Human health problems comprise a wide range of infectious, degenerative, neoplastic and genetically-based disease factors. In addition to these factors, human disease results from a wide range of environmental and socially- caused pathologies.
This course presents the fundamentals scientific and biomedical concepts of modern public health problems and explores, in depth, mechanisms and models of the major categories of disease. The biologic principles presented in this course are foundations to developing and implementing public health disease prevention, control, or management programs in the student’s future. The course will include lectures, written homework assignments and individual presentations.
DPH 7133 Environmental Problems & Solutions in Epidemiology
This course examines several major environmental problems at global, state and local levels. We will discuss basic ecological concepts and mechanisms involved and the impact of these phenomenon on ecological systems including effects on animals, plants and humans. The course will have a strong focus on solutions and strategies to improve the environment at these various scales. Solutions include ones at levels that include policy, personal choice, business practices, innovation and deepening connection.
DPH 5502 Health Policy
The course discusses the politics of health policy in terms of legislative and executive processes at the state and federal level; key forces involved including economic, social, ethical and political factors; and central players of importance, including special interest groups, lobbyists, the press, elected officials, legislative staff and public agencies.
DPH 6300 Public Health Advocacy
This course offers a current and historical overview of the advocacy in public health in Puerto Rico and USA. The student will develop the tools and the skills to examine new strategies used by public health advocates. The students can evaluate different strategies for public health advocacy in non- governmental organizations.
DPH 6310 Legal Issues In Epidemiology
The purpose of this course is to introduce doctoral students, to legal issues in the public health system. Topics to study are legal aspect of health care system, legal and regulatory issues, patients’ rights, institutional liability, basic legal principles and decisions in public health.
DPH 7024 Toxicology
The purpose of this course is learning the basic concepts of toxicology. Analyses the effects of toxic substances in human, animals and environmental. The students learn about the fundamental laws governing for national and foreign chemical for the prevention of mortality and morbidity resulting from exposure to toxic chemical.
DPH 7043 Injury Epidemiology
This course provides the skills to interpret and perform injuries epidemiologic research methods. Topics of study are the social cost of injury, magnitude of the injury problem. The students learn how use the epidemiological data in risk assessment and different models.
DPH 5503 Bioethics in Public Health
This course will introduce the participant in the evaluation of the values or axiological context in the analysis of Public Health situations at the moment of apply deductive/inductive methodology in the process of solving such dilemmas.
Is designed taking in consideration the need of including the Public Health Code of Ethics in the process of the synthesis of the reality in Public Health phenomena.
These are divided in three clusters: Principles of Bioethics, Bioethics in Public Health and applied Bioethics in Public Health.
The course is an experience of dialog, motivation, description, induction and skills development.
DPH 7014 Environmental Epidemiology
This course provides the skills to interpret environmental epidemiologic research. The course should prepare students to perform environmental research methods. Topics areas of study are air and water pollutants, radiation, asbestos, lead, pesticides, disease clusters, the built environment, environmental justice and climate change. The students learn how use the epidemiological and toxicological data in risk assessment and environmental health impact assessment.
DPH 7023 Applied Epidemiology and Surveillance
The purpose of this course is learning and practice basic epidemiology. Study the methods in surveillance and investigation of health-related states or events. Students will also learn how use important clinical diseases data or observations and prepare epidemiological actions.
DPH 7010 Epidemiology of Communicable and Tropical Diseases
The purpose of this course is learning about Communicable and Tropical Diseases. Study the management, prevention and control of tropical diseases. We emphasis in travel clinic, Immunization, STDs, Vector Borne Diseases, Emerging and Re-emerging Diseases, Tuberculosis and Leprosy and Diseases of Contact with Animals.
DPH 6320 Teaching Epidemiology
In this course, students will have the opportunity to examine and plan for, the teaching component of the professor role. Several teaching strategies will be used as what are conferences, debates and group discussion and will meet with the teachers Program to explore their methods of teaching, courses preparation and assessment. At the end of the course, students will have a “teaching portfolio” that will have two basic components: Detailed information of the course development and offered and teaching experience.
DPH 7184 Demography – Demographic Techniques
This is an introductory demography and demographic techniques course designed to equip students with the skills needed to collect and analyze demographic data. Areas to be covered include sources of demographic data, population composition, fertility and reproduction, nuptiality, mortality and life tables, migration and projections. All students should bring a statistical calculator to all classes and tutorials.
DPH 7200 Bias in Epidemiology
The course starts with an introduction peral to biases, defining the concept and generalities and then there is an in-depth study of each of the types of biases and biases that occur depending on the type of study design.
DPH 6340 Heath Services Administration and Management
This course provides an introduction to the Puerto Rico and U.S.A health care systems. Explain the history of both health systems. We will examine the components, characteristics and differences of the Puerto Rico and U.S.A health care system and explore current issues confronting both systems.
DPH 7700 Independent Studies – Special Project
This course takes as an intention to present to the students the essentials of the epidemiology, morbidity and mortality measurements, illnesses transmission, outbreak investigations, screenings, design studies, bias that affect the interpretation of the clinical studies and the applications to the health. These topics can be applied to any public health area. The student will realize a review of literature, where will evaluate the designs study, the conclusions and the application of its results to the populations.
DPH 7123 Laboratory Rotation
Laboratory rotations are essential components of a student’s in Public Health. These experiences introduce students to specific areas of public health, expose students to specialized techniques and familiarize students with specific projects in the program in anticipation of selection of a research advisor. Students will be evaluated on their attendance, motivation and interest within the labs as well as their attendance and participation at lab meeting. Students are responsible for learning new techniques, asking questions and working semi-independently by the end of each lab rotation.
DPH 7183 Post – Marketing Surveillance
It will provide a learning environment in which students will analyze the current policies and guidelines under which pharmaceutical and biological products are developed for human use and regulated while in commerce.
DPH 7181 Public Health Education
Provides an overview of the breadth of programs and diversity of settings in the field of health education, health promotion and to develop skills in program planning. Explains the importance of health behavior as a contributor to current public health problems and the role of health education and health promotion programs in addressing them, drawing examples from the literature on community-based health education, patient education, school health and work-site health promotion. Also discusses issues of ethical standards and quality assurance in health education and health promotion.
DPH 7143 Epidemiology of the Tobacco
The course will utilize a multi-level approach to public health by providing a comprehensive overview of the health effects, history, marketing, politics and control of tobacco use, combining medical, psychosocial, epidemiological and economic perspectives to give students a framework for understanding tobacco addiction and its prevention and treatment. This course will provide the foundation for students to begin pursing a public health career dedicated to diminishing the tremendous toll of tobacco use and addiction in our society through research, teaching and/or public health
DPH 7300 Applied Public Health Project
Lectures and group discussions focused on the problems, health policy, health indicators, health right and the role of the Governments efforts for health promotion. Student assessment will be based on a group project and a written work of evaluation of public health problems in the area of student interest.
DPH 7073 Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases
This course discusses the prevalence, incidence and modifiable and no modifiable risk factors of the chronic diseases in Puerto Rico, USA and other countries. Topics of study are heart diseases, hypertension, cancer, diabetes, stroke and renal diseases.
DPH 7083 Applied Practice Experience
Each week one or more clients from various disciplines across various hospitals, public and private agencies and universities programs will present the research and statistical issues during class. Open discussions between the consultants and the client will follow the presentation. After the client leaves a lead consultant will be assigned to the project, either on a volunteer basis or by my directive. The lead consultant (and any assistants) will have full responsibility for the subsequent meetings, gathering of information from the client and providing quality statistical consulting services to the client.
DPH 8005 Dissertation Research for DrPH Epidemiology Students
For students who have completed all requirements including credit hours, full-time enrollment, preliminary examination and any requirement for the doctoral degree and are writing and defending their dissertations. Doctoral Dissertation Preparation courses are restricted to Doctoral students only as indicated by the prerequisites noted above.
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Important Links (External):
- Financial Aid Education Portal (https://fa.financialavenue.org/fa/login/index.php) (Inceptia): PSHU access code: bw4g33 to setup your account. We recommend taking one of the following courses: COLLEGE AND MONEY or PSYCHOLOGY OF MONEY. PSHU will receive a report of those students accessing this site. This information will help students to be smart borrowers.
- Get your FSA ID (https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm) – this is your electronic signature for federal documents.
- Fill-out your Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) Online (http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/)
- View Your Loans History (if applicable to determine available funds) (http://www.nslds.ed.gov/)
- Manage your Federal Student Loans (Entrance & Exit Counseling, Master’s Promissory Note, etc.) (http://www.studentloans.gov/)
Important Links for PHSU application forms and manual
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– Student Financial Aid Manual
Federal Financial Aid Programs
- Direct Unsubsidized Loan: students who meet the requirements established by the US Department of Education may receive a Direct Loan, according to the academic program: graduate and professional students are eligible to receive up to $20,500 per academic year. As an institution that previously participated in the HEAL Programs our MD, Doctorate and PhD in Clinical Psychology, as well as certain Master Degree Programs might be eligible for additional amount of loan. The amount is established annually by Federal Regulations. The Financial Aid Office provides orientation about the application process for student loans, the student’s qualifying requirements and the specifics regarding interest rate, orientation fess, repayment process, etc. The student must submit an agreement form known as a Master Promissory Note, and complete electronic entrance counseling, both on-line: www.studentloans.gov.
- Direct Loan-Plus Graduate Loan: This is a federal fixed-interest loan for graduate and professional students, beyond the DL Unsubsidized award, to cover any additional cost of attendance. The interest rate and origination fee, which is annually fixed by the Federal Government, begins to accrue from the date of the first disbursement. The loan qualifying process requires a credit check verification, on-line entrance counseling and an on-line submission of a Master Promissory Note: www.studentloans.gov
- Private Loans (Alternative Loans). These are credit-based loans that may be used to supplement other types of financial aid programs. The loan amounts vary according to amount requested and approved for the student. The interest rate is variable, accrued while in school and usually based on the current “Prime Rate” plus a lender’s predetermined interest rate. Repayment may be up to 20 years. These Private Alternative Loans provide funds to complete the remaining need after the student is awarded other financial aid. Due to the high interest rate that these loans represent, the student should consider these loans as a last resource to their financial need. PHSU does not recommend any specific lender, the evaluation and selection is a student’s individualized decision.
- Historical Private Lender List
PHSU does not deny or otherwise impede the student’s choice of an alternative lender or cause unnecessary delay in loan certification of these loans. The following is a list of the three private loans that have been most commonly selected by our students during last two previous academic years, however, we reiterate that the student may select any other lender they esteem will meet their financial need.
- Discover: www.discover.com/student-loans
- Sallie Mae: www.salliemae.com
- Wells Fargo: www.wellsfargo.com/student/graduate-loans/med-school
Other Financial Aid Options:
Military Scholarship Programs: Students interested in a military career may consider apply for one of the scholarships programs for healthcare professions offered by the US Army, the US Air Force, Navy or the National Guard. The students must contact the desired program:
National Health Services Corps Scholarship Program: available for students in the primary health care specialties and committed to serving part or their entire career in federally designated health professional shortage area. Learn more about this program at: nhsc.bhpr.hrsa.gov
Financial Aid Application Process
Direct Loan Application Process
Students interested in applying for a Direct Loan must comply with the federal requirements and following requirements:
- Have financial need.
- Be an US Citizen or an Eligible Non-Citizen.
- Have a valid social security number.
- Enroll in an eligible program as a regular student working toward a degree.
- Meet satisfactory academic progress standards.
- Register (or have registered) with the Selective Service if you are a male between the ages of 18 and 25.
- Certify that are not in default on a federal student loan and that do not owe money on a Federal student grant.
- Student cannot exceed the aggregate loan limit established by the Department of Education.
- Comply with the Entrance Interview/Counseling.
- Provide all the documents and information required by the Financial Aid.
Students must fill the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the corresponding academic year, in order to be evaluated to determine eligibility for federal and state funds. It must be submitted on line at www.fafsa.gov no later than last working day of April. The PHSU school code is G24824. Students need a pin number, which can be obtained at www.pin.ed.gov.
Once the student submits the FAFSA, the Department of Education will send an Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) to the school, which will be used for evaluation and analysis.
Students with a FAFSA application selected for verification by the Department of Education will be required to submit the following documents:
- Complete a Verification Worksheet (provided by the Financial Aid Office)
- Copy of the Tax Return (IRS or PR tax return form) or
- W-2 form(s) (if apply)
- Evidence of wages, salaries, tips, etc., reported on the FAFSA
If the student (student’s parent or spouse) is not required to file income tax return, he/she will be required to complete and sign a Certification of Income, provided by the Financial Aid Office, among other documentation. Note: No loan will be process until the verification process is completed.
As part of the evaluation, the Financial Aid Office will take in consideration the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is the amount that the student should contribute towards his/her cost of education, and it is determined by the Federal Government. The need analysis consists of the following basic calculation: Cost of Attendance minus EFC equals Financial Need. As part of the analysis, it will be considered any other expected financial aid (external funds such as Vocational Rehabilitation, Veteran Administration, military scholarships, and any other grant or scholarship). Note: A student cannot receive financial assistance in excess of the determined Financial Need.
Awarding and Notification
The next step is the awarding of financial aid amounts by PHSU and preparing the award notification for the student. Once the awarding process is completed, a Notification of Award is sent to each student.
Return Policy and Requirement for Withdrawal and Return of Federal Financial Aid (see PHSU catalog refund policy section)
Suspension of Eligibility for Drug-Related Offenses
If convicted of any offense involving the possession of a controlled substance, a student’s eligibility for Title IV Financial Student Aid Program will be denied for:
- One year after the first conviction
- Two years after the second conviction
- Indefinitely after the third conviction
Eligibility may be restored if the student partakes of an approved Federal Government Rehabilitation Program.
Please refer to the Student Financial Aid Manual for specific information regarding all the dynamics of financial aid as it applies to new and continuing students.
Financial Aid Contact Information:
Financial Aid Personnel:
Mrs. Myrian Gaud Maitín, MBA
Financial Aid Manager
Mrs. Nicole Vázquez Colon, MSS
Financial Aid Officer
Ms. Mariannette Cruz Rentas, BS
Monday to Thursday: 8:00-11:30 am – 1:00-4:30 pm
Friday: Administrative Work (By appointment only)
Financial Aid Office Contact Information
Phone Number: (787) 840-2575 ext. 2134, 2135 or 2136
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7004, Ponce. Puerto Rico 00731
Physical Address: 388 Zona Ind. Reparada 2 Ponce PR 00716-2347
Applicants must submit the following documents:
- Official transcript from all undergraduate and graduate universities attended
- Letter of Recommendation Format – Written by individuals familiar with the applicant’s professional work and skills
- Certificate of No Penal Record (Criminal Background check)
- USD $83.00 Application Processing Fee (check or money order payable to Ponce School of Medicine)
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Deadline to submit a complete application – May 30