Masters of Public Health Accelerated MPH 42 Credit General Epidemiology Program

The accelerated (1-year) Master of Public Health (MPH) degree prepares students for careers in research, teaching, government, and industry. This 42-credit program is intended for students with a strong quantitative background who already hold a doctoral degree (e.g., MD, DDS, DVM, PhD) or advanced clinical degree (e.g., PT, RN) or are currently enrolled in a doctoral degree at the University of Michigan. The program is completed in three terms (one academic year plus the following summer).

The General Epidemiology (GE) track emphasizes training in the principles and methods of epidemiology and biostatistics and their application to the study of health and disease in human populations. It prepares students to practice epidemiology in diverse settings and positions of employment. Students are exposed to innovative research projects of faculty that include cancer, social determinants of health, infectious diseases (e.g., tuberculosis, influenza, waterborne infectious disease), chronic diseases (e.g., stroke, cardiovascular disease, metabolic diseases), reproductive health (e.g., birth outcomes, mid-life health among women), aging and age-related diseases (e.g., Alzheimer's disease and dementia), mental health, nutrition and obesity, environmental and occupational exposures, climate change and health, omics (e.g., genome, epigenome, microbiome), mathematical modeling, and health among diverse populations (e.g., Native Americans and Arab Americans).

Curriculum and Program Requirements

The General Epidemiology concentration is offered in an accelerated format, and is only available to students with specific training (outlined above). This 42-credit program requires three consecutive terms of study (one academic year plus the following summer). This accelerated program is time-intensive and highly rigorous with a structured curriculum that limits opportunities for elective courses.


Epidemiology Core Requirements 


Credit Term
Biostats 522 Biostatistical Analysis for Health-Related Studies Winter
EPID 600 Introduction to Epidemiology 3 Fall
EPID 602 Data Analysis for Epid Study Design 3 Winter
EPID 639 R for Epidemiologic Research 2 Fall
EPID 667 Professionalism Practice and Communication 1 1 Fall
EPID 668 Professionalism Practice and Communication 2 Winter
EPID 670 Integrated Problem Solving in Epidemiology 1 3 Fall
Epid 671 Integrated Problem Solvig in Epidemiology 2 3 Winter
Advanced Methods Elective 3  
Electives during Summer Session in Epidemiology or Fall/Winter terms (graduate level courses taken to achieve 42 credits)


In addition to coursework relevant to their chosen concentration, all students in the epidemiology masters program must complete the School of Public Health’s Core Curriculum. Please see concentration pages, linked above, for additional information on concentration-specific prerequisites and curriculum.

Courses Credits Term
PUBHLTH 500 Investigating Public Health Issues 6 Fall
PUBHLTH 501 Developing Public Health Solutions 6 Winter

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