PhD Program

This program is designed to meet the training needs of PhD-prepared scientists in the fields of both population health and clinical outcomes research.  The program draws upon both the expertise of our faculty to deliver the curriculum successfully and the resources available at Stony Brook University to implement and sustain the program.

Research stipends are available on a competitive basis, contingent upon an available research mentor.  Visit our Research Mentors and Current Funding Opportunities page for more information.

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The PhD Program in the Program in Public Health offers a doctoral degree with two possible concentrations:

Population Health or Clinical Outcomes Research. Core requirements are the same for each concentration. Students specialize through the different concentration requirements.

The PhD Program in the Program in Public Health provides a multidisciplinary, integrated, applied problem-solving approach to support students in addressing the important issues within the field. The purpose of this small and highly specialized graduate degree program is to train population health and clinical outcomes researchers, academicians, and practitioners–who will advance the field on a local, regional, and national level.

There is a growing need for well-trained researchers with the skills in population health and clinical outcome research. For example, the Affordable Care Act places great emphasis on population-based approaches to the obesity epidemic and clinical outcomes approaches to establishing comparative efficacy of treatments. We believe that these skills will be in great demand in the public, private and, academic sectors. By focusing on human subject studies and trials, in combination with best practices in clinical care and community interventions, the PHCOR program will extend knowledge in the areas of safety, quality, efficiency, accessibility, accountability, and equity of care by supporting opportunities for the development of new knowledge about health and disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis.

Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience by means of a series of a rigorous quantitative and analytical courses designed to develop advanced problem-solving skills. Working under faculty mentor guidance, student projects will focus on substantive current health care problems affecting population health, health policy, clinical practice, and patient-based health care decisions. Graduates will be competent in the design, conduct, and evaluation of research studies that will improve the future public health and medical care provided.

Preparation for a research career will include publishing in peer-reviewed journals and writing proposals to obtain research project funding. The PhD program consists of two years of course work, followed by the Preliminary Examination and independent research leading to the dissertation. Students are expected to work with faculty to develop their own independent research projects, which will go beyond the boundaries of existing faculty research.