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:

  1. Descriptive Epidemiology-Describe a public health issue in terms of magnitude, person, time, place, ecological factors and lifespan considerations;
  2. Evidence-Based Public Health-Identify and use sources of epidemiologic data, information and knowledge as the basis for research and evidence-based program and policy development;
  3. Critical Analysis- Critically review epidemiologic studies, demonstrating understanding of sound research design, causality and the impact of confounding variables and bias;
  4. Analytic Epidemiology-Demonstrate proficiency in epidemiologic study design, measurement, analysis, statistical software and technological tools;
  5. Epidemiological Communication-Effectively communicate epidemiologic information in a linguistically and culturally appropriate manner to the general public, professionals, policy makers, across social sectors and academic disciplines;
  6. Ethics-Comprehend basic ethical principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of epidemiologic 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 Data Management and Statistical Computing (3 SCH)
EPID 5314 Applied Data Analysis in Epidemiology (3 SCH)
EPID 5318 Chronic Disease Epidemiology (3 SCH)
     Or
EPID 5320 Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3 SCH)
PHED 5197 Professional and Academic Development (1.5 SCH)

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

Recommended Elective Courses: 6-12 SCH 
12 SCH with comprehensive exam; 6 SCH with Thesis 
EPID 5318 Chronic Disease Epidemiology (3 SCH)
EPID 5320 Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3 SCH)
EPID 5391 Topics: Biological Basis for Public Health (3 SCH)
EPID 5391 Maternal Child Health Epidemiology (3 SCH)
EPID 6316 Molecular Epidemiology (3 SCH)
EPID 6318 Epidemiologic Surveillance (3 SCH)
EPID 6320 Social Epidemiology (3 SCH)
EPID 6322 Nutritional Epidemiology (3 SCH)
EPID 6324 Cancer Epidemiology (3 SCH)
Students may substitute an elective course not on this list with prior written approval from their advisor.

Culminating Experience: 0-6 SCH
PHED 5000 Certified in Public Health Examination (0 SCH)
EPID 5001 MPH Comprehensive Examination (0 SCH)
   Or 
EPID 5395 Thesis (6 SCH)

Course Descriptions

Sequence of Coursework 

CORE MPH COMPETENCIES 

The Master of Public Health degree program prepares students to address the following core competencies while advancing their knowledge of public health:

  • Public Health Knowledge & Skills-The MPH student will apply basic knowledge and skills of the core public health sciences that include: biostatistics, epidemiology, health management and policy, behavioral and community health, and environmental and occupational health, to the prevention of illness and injury and the promotion of population health.
  • Integration of Theory and Practice-The MPH student will demonstrate the effective integration of theory and practice related to public health issues that affect diverse populations, through a thesis or comprehensive examination and a practice experience. 
  • Communication and Informatics-The MPH student will gather, organize, and manage data and information effectively to address public health issues through oral and written communications to diverse professionals and lay audiences.
  • Diversity and Culture-The MPH student will demonstrate the ability to interact with both diverse individuals and communities to produce or impact an intended public health outcome.
  • Professionalism-The MPH student will apply ethical principles to the practice of public health in a variety of settings, demonstrating personal integrity while embracing diverse communities. 

This page last updated 14th Jul 2014