Course Requirements

Suggested course of study for PhD


Epidemiologic Methods I & II (EPI 512-513)
Principles and methods of epidemiology. Covers measures of disease frequency, measures of effect, causal inferences, descriptive epidemiology, study types, misclassification, and effect modification. EPI 512: 4 credits
Considers how designs of epidemiologic studies may be constructed to maximize etiologic inferences. Covers confounding randomized trials, cohort studies, case-control studies, and selected topics. EPI 513: 4 credits


Applied Biostatistics I (BIOSTAT 517)
Introduction to the analysis of biomedical data. Descriptive and inferential statistical analysis for discrete, continuous, and right censored random variables. Analytic methods based on elementary parametric and non-parametric models for one sample; two sample (independent and paired), stratified sample, and simple regression problems. Offered: A. BIOST 517: 4 credits

Applied Biostatistics II (BIOSTAT 518)
Multiple regression for continuous, discrete, and right censored response variables, including dummy variables, transformations, and interactions. Introduction to regression with correlated outcome data. Model and case diagnostics. Computer assignments using real data and standard statistical computer packages. Prerequisite: BIOST 517 or permission of instructor. Offered: W. BIOST 518: 4 credits


Medical Biometry I, II & III (BIOST 511, 512, 513)
The principles and methods of data description and elementary parametric and nonparametric statistical analysis drawn from examples in the medical literature. BIOST 511: 4 credits
Multiple regression, analysis of covariance, and an introduction to one-way and two-way analyses of variance: including assumptions, transformations, outlier detection, dummy variables, and variable selection procedures. Examples drawn from the biomedical literature with computer assignments using standard statistical computer packages.

BIOST 512: 4 credits
Analysis of categorical data including two sample methods, sets of 2 x 2 tables, R x C tables, and logistic regression. Classification and discrimination techniques. Survival analysis including product limit estimates and the Cox proportional hazards model.

BIOST 513: 4 credits

(Both sets of Biostatistics classes cover the same topics)

Survival Data Analysis in Epidemiology (BIOST 537)
Introduction to multivariate analysis of survival data using multiplicative models. Application to epidemiologic studies. Familiarity with interpretation and available computer programs gained by analysis of bona fide sets of data and critiques of analyses appearing in the literature. Prerequisite: BIOST 536 or permission of instructor. BIOST 537: 4 credits


Advanced Health Services Research Methods I: Large Public Databases; Big Data (4-5) HSERV (523)
Introduces the new big data of health services research, health claims, and survey databases. Discusses the promises and pitfalls of the data and models for analyzing the correlates of health care costs and utilization. Prerequisite: either HSERV 511, BIOST 511/BIOST 512/BIOST 513, BIOST 517/BIOST 518, or EPI 511/EPI 512, and permission of instructor.

Advanced Health Services Research Methods III: Casual Inference Using Observational Data ([4-5]-) (HSERV 525)
Focuses on reviewing statistical methods developed for “micro” (individual-level) data on behavior (choices or exposures) and outcomes in order to make casual inference about the role of a choice or an exposure on outcomes. Prerequisite: either HSERV 523, BIOST 511, BIOST 512, BIOST 513, or permission of instructor.


Medical Product Development & Policy (PHARM 532)
Introduction to the tools used in and the framework and dominant contexts for pharmaceuticals policy development and analysis. Methods reviewed in a series of sessions presenting a specific method and case analyses involving pharmaceuticals development. PHARM 532: 4 credits

Pharmacoepidemiology (PHARM 533)
Overview of pharmacoepidemiology including drug development and approval; application of epidemiologic methods to study drug safety and effectiveness; exploration of the interplay between research and public policy; introduction to resources for information about drugs; introduction to pharmacology principles pertinent to pharmacoepidemiology. PHARM 533: 3 credits

Economic Evaluation in Health & Medicine (PHARM 534)*
Concepts and methods for evaluating cost and outcomes of health and medical interventions with a focus on cost-effectiveness analysis, pharmacoeconomics, health and quality of life assessment, resource allocation, and medical decision-making. PHARM 534: 3 credits

Assessing Outcomes in Health & Medicine (PHARM 535)
Methods and techniques for evaluating costs and cost-effectiveness of health, medical, and pharmaceutical interventions. Emphasis on economic evaluation, decision analysis, and modeling techniques for resource allocation and decision making. Applications to technology assessment, health policy, clinical practice, and resource allocation. PHARM 535: 3 credits

Advanced Methods in Economic and Outcomes Evaluation in Health and Medicine (PHARM 536)
Covers advanced methods and techniques for evaluating costs, outcomes, and cost-effectiveness of health, medical, and pharmaceutical interventions. Topics include: network meta-analysis, Markov modeling, probabilistic sensitivity analysis, value of information analysis, utility mapping, conjoint analysis, and budget impact analysis. Prerequisite: either PHARM 534 and PHARM 535 or permission of instructor. PHARM 536: 3 credits

Health Economics (PHARM 568)
Applies microeconomic principles and models to understand the nature of health care markets and systems. Topics cover a wide range of health sector activities and policy issues studied by applying rigorous economic analytical tools coupled with review of key related econometric and empirical analyses. Prerequisite: introductory coursework in microeconomic principles and basic statistics. PHARM 568: 3 credits

Graduate Seminar* (PHARM 597)
Interactive discussion of topical issues, methods, or analytic techniques. Topics vary. Credit/no credit only. Prerequisite: graduate program student. PHARM 597: 1 credit (Minimum 12 credits)

Independent Research (PHARM 600): variable credits + Electives** (must have between 32 credits)

Doctoral Dissertation Research (PHARM 800): variable credits (must have 27 to graduate)

*Students must enroll in PHARM 597, Seminar each quarter they are enrolled as a student.

**Recommended Electives are: HSERV 524-Advanced Methods II (Advanced Biostatistics/Econometrics); EPI 588-Preparing & Writing Research Proposals


Below is a selection of available electives appropriate for areas of specialization.

This list is not all-inclusive. Students are encouraged to check the websites of classes in these departments and in other listings; and then to work with their mentor to formulate a plan to optimize selections to fit interests.

Printable list of electives plus a table showing the Qualitative Courses offered on the UW campus.

Bold = highly recommended as an elective


  • BIOST 521 Biostatistics for Experimentalists (4)
  • BIOST 529 Sample Survey Techniques (3)
  • BIOST 524 Design of Medical Studies
  • BIOST/EPI 536 Categorical Data Analysis in Epidemiology (4)
  • BIOST 540 Correlated Data Regression (3)


  • CSSS 566 Causal Modeling (4)


  • ECON 554 Cost-Benefit Analysis (3)


  • EPI 510 Epidemiologic Data Analysis (3)
  • EPI 514 Application of Epidemiologic Methods (4)
  • EPI 515 Topics in Epidemiologic Methods (Advanced Methods) (3)
  • EPI 516 Statistical Methods in Genetic Epidemiology (3) (PHG 519)
  • EPI 517/PHG 511 Genetic Epidemiology (3)
  • EPI 519 Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Disease (3)
  • EPI 520 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (3)
  • EPI 524 Epidemiologic Studies of Cancer Etiology and Prevention (3/4)
  • EPI 528 Exposure Measurement in Epidemiology (3)
  • EPI 529 Emerging Infections of International Public Health Importance (3)
  • EPI 530 AIDS: A Multidisciplinary Approach (2)
  • EPI 540 Introduction to Cancer Biology (3)
  • EPI 541 Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis of Evidence (MEBI 541/HSERV 529) (3)
  • EPI 542 Clinical Epidemiology (2)
  • EPI 546 Psychiatric Epidemiology (3)
  • EPI 548 Social Determinants of Health Research Methods (HSERV 548) (3)
  • EPI 582 Design and Analytic Strategies to Enhance the Validity of Epidemiologic Studies (1)
  • EPI 583 Epidemiology Seminar (1, max. 3)
  • EPI 588 Preparing and Writing Research Proposals (2)
  • EPI 591 Current Literature in Epidemiology (1)


  • G H 531 Research Methods in Developing Countries (3/4)
  • G H 533 Population Health Measurement (4)
  • G H 543 Global Health Pharmacy: Medicines, Practice and Policy (2)


  • HSERV 503 Public Health Informatics and Surveillance (3) (EPI 503)
  • HSERV 509 Public Health and Informatics (3) (MEBI 533)
  • HSERV 512 U.S. Health and Health Care: Organization, Financing, and Delivery (3)
  • HSERV 513 U.S. Health and Health Care: Population Health, Social Determinants, and Health Disparities (3)
  • HSERV 514 U.S. Health and Health Care: Health Policy Research (3)
  • HSERV 518 Social and Ethical Issues (2-4, max. 4)
  • HSERV 521 Qualitative Methods in Health Services Research (3)
  • HSERV 522 Health Program Evaluation (1-4, max. 4)
  • HSERV 524 Advanced Health Services Research Methods II (4)
  • HSERV 526 Qualitative Research Methods for Public Health (4)
  • HSERV 527 Survey Research Methods (4)
  • HSERV 528 Critically Appraising and Applying Evidence in Health Care (3)
  • HSERV 529 Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis of Evidence (2)
  • HSERV 550 Policy and Economics: Fundamentals and Applications (3)
  • HSERV 551 Health Law (2)
  • HSERV 552 Health Policy Development (3-, max. 3)
  • HSERV 553 Politics of Health Care (3)
  • HSERV 575 Cancer Prevention and Control (3)
  • HSERV 589 Epidemiologic Research in Aging Populations


  • HSMGMT 500 Risk and Insurance Seminar (3)
  • HSMGMT 501 Epidemiology/Critical Evidence Appraisal (3-4)
  • HSMGMT 502 Evidence-Based Health Care Planning (3-4)


  • MEBI 530 Medical Informatics (3)
  • MEBI 533 Public Health and Informatics (3)
  • MEBI 534 Biology and Informaticists (3)
  • MEBI 552 Clinical Decision Support (3)


  • PHARM 541 Pharmacy, Health Care & Society


  • PB AF 513 Public Policy Analysis (3)
  • PB AF 516 Microeconomic Policy Analysis (4)
  • PB AF 517 Economics of the Public Sector (3)
  • PB AF 518 Applied Cost Benefit Analysis (3/4)
  • PB AF 522 Financial Management and Budgeting (4)
  • PB AF 532 Managing Policy in a Global Context (3/4)
  • PB AF 536 Program Evaluation in the Developing World (3/4)
  • PB AF 570 Social Policy Analysis and Management (3)


  • PHARM 516, 517, 518 Certificate Program in Biomedical Regulatory Affairs (3 each)


  • PHG 512 Legal, Ethical, and Social Issues in Public Health Genetics (3)
  • PHG 541 Economic and Policy Issues for Genetic Technologies and Services (3)
  • PHG 541 Economic and Policy Issues for Genetic Technologies and Services (3)
  • PHG 580 Interactive Seminar (1)
  • PHG 581 Introduction to Bioinformatics and Genetics Services in Public Health Genetics (1)

Course Waivers:

Admitted and enrolled students may request to waive one or more required course(s) if they have already taken the course at the UW in another degree program, or a comparable graduate-level course at another institution. Complete the following form to initiate this process: