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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Center for Education in Health Sciences
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Curriculum & Timeline

Estimated Timeline to Degree

Year 1

  • Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Doctoral Colloquium
  • Three core competencies
  • Five track requirements

Year 2

  • Core competency writing course
  • Three or more courses from track requirements or electives
  • Mentor-evaluated research/dissertation development course
  • Plan for qualifying exams

Year 3

  • Additional courses if necessary
  • Prepare for and complete qualifying exams
  • Dissertation proposal and proposal defense
  • Student teaching experience

Year 4

  • Dissertation project

General Curriculum


Health Sciences Integrated PhD students must take coursework in several core competency areas. Track faculty may designate which courses fulfill each competency for a student in their track. A more advanced course can be substituted if the student already has the equivalent of introductory course.

To complete a track, there are track-specific requirements of approximately five to eight additional classes in that content area and related electives. 

If a comparable course has been taken at another graduate institution, then a student may be able to waive a requirement. A minimum number of nine graded courses must be taken to fulfill the residency requirement of The Graduate School at Northwestern University.

Core Competency Courses (choose one for each competency)
Ethics HSIP 400 Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Doctoral Colloquium
Statistical Methodology EPI_BIO 302 Introduction to Biostatistics
PH 302 Introduction to Biostatistics
HQS 440 Fundamental Methods in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety
Research Design EPI_BIO 301 Introduction to Epidemiology
HSR 425 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Health Services & Outcomes Research
HSIP 441, 442, 443 Informatics Methods I, II, III
Measurement and Outcomes HSIP 401 Introduction to Health Measurement Science
HSIP 441, 442, 443 Informatics Methods I, II, III
Writing PPH 445 Writing and Peer Reviewing for Publication
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