MPH Epidemiology

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The epidemiology concentration provides a comprehensive curriculum that will cultivate the student's ability to effectively practice in the contemporary epidemiology environment. Core and required courses establish a strong foundation to the fundamental competencies of public health and epidemiology, while electives afford students the flexibility to focus on desired areas of specialization. This allows students new to public health as well as practicing health professionals to customize their coursework to accommodate their interests and careers. The essentials of epidemiology, including research methods and design, statistical analysis and epidemiological investigation are emphasized. Students in the epidemiology concentration will acquire the skills to plan, design and implement research; evaluate existing research methodology; use computerized statistical programs to analyze data; interpret and disseminate the results of epidemiological investigations.

By the conclusion of the MPH program, a student in epidemiology will be able to:

  • Describe a public health problem in terms or magnitude, person, time and place;
  • Identify key sources of data for epidemiologic purposes;
  • Use data collection methods appropriate for epidemiologic research;
  • Design appropriate epidemiologic studies;
  • Apply analytic methods to answer epidemiologic questions;
  • Design and use survey tools;
  • Identify the principles oand limitations of public health screening programs;
  • Critically evaluate epidemiologic evidence'
  • Communicate epidemiologic information to lay and professional audiences;
  • Comprehend basic ethical principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of epidemiologic data;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using statistical software to manage and analyze health related data.

2014-2015 Curriculum (48 SCH)

Core MPH Competencies

Core Courses: 15 SCH
BACH 5300 Theoretical Foundations of Individual & Community Health (3 SCH)
BIOS 5300 Principles of Biostatistics (3 SCH)
EOHS 5300 Environmental Determinants of Health (3 SCH)
EPID 5300 Principles of Epidemiology (3 SCH)
HMAP 5300 Introduction to Health Management & Policy (3 SCH)

Required Courses: 16.5 SCH
BIOS 5310 Intermediate Biostatistics (3 SCH)
EPID 5310 Intermediate Epidemiology (3 SCH)
EPID 5312 Survey Research & Questionnaire Design (3 SCH)
EPID 5313 Introduction to Database Management and Statistical Computing (3 SCH)
EPID 5314 Applied Data Analysis in Epidemiology (3 SCH)
PHED 5197 Academic and Professional Development (1.5 SCH)

Practice Experience: 1.5 SCH
EPID 5297 Public Health Practice Experience (1.5 SCH)

Recommended Elective Courses: 15 SCH

Culminating Experience: 0 SCH
PHED 5000 Certified in Public Health Examination (0 SCH)
EPID 5001 MPH Comprehensive Examination (0 SCH)

Course Descriptions

Sequence of Coursework 

(Adopted from From Association of Schools of Public Health Education Committee, Master Degree in Public Health Core Competency Project, Version 2.3, May 2007)

All students in the MPH Program are expected to master a set of public health competencies that are used to evaluate public health knowledge, skills and practice. The competencies that have been selected by the UNTHSC SPH are consistent with the recommendations of the Association of Schools of Public Health (, and address the five core areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health science, health policy and management, and social and behavioral sciences, as well as those specific to their chosen concentration area. MPH students will master the competencies through various activities including coursework, seminars and practice experience. Upon graduation they will be able to demonstrate broad knowledge in the core areas of public health and apply public health perspectives, knowledge, skills and practice in their areas of specialization.

This page last updated 18th Apr 2014