General Epidemiology

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 and 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 (genome, epigenome, microbiome), mathematical modeling, and health among diverse populations, including Native Americans and Arab Americans. Many students explore career interests through their summer internship in hospitals and healthcare systems, consulting, government at the local, state, and federal levels, and other private sector opportunities. 

Curriculum and Program Requirements

The General Epidemiology concentration is offered in 60-credit hours, depending on previous training and degrees. The 60-credit program typically requires four terms (two years) of study.

Watch our webinar on the student experience for the General Epidemiology program.


General Epidemiology Program Requirements 

Courses Credit Term
Biostats 521 Applied Biostatistics 3  Fall
Biostats 522 Biostatistical Analysis for Health-Related Studies Winter 
Biostat 523 Statistical Methods in Epidemiology 4 Fall
EPID 512 The Biologic Basis of Disease 2 Fall
EPID 530 Scientific Writing for Epidemiologists 1 Fall
EPID 600 Epid Methods I, Introduction to Epidemiology Fall 
EPID 602 Epid Methods II, Data Analysis for Epid Study Design Winter 
EPID 603 Professional Development Seminar Winter 
EPID 604 Applications of Epid (Capstone) Winter 
EPID 640 SAS for Epidemiological Research Fall 
EPID 641 Measurement Theory & Instrument Design Winter 
EPID 642 Sampling & Power  1 Winter 
EPID 643 Surveillance & Publicly Available Datasets Fall 
EPID 644 Contemporary Methods Fall
Summer Internship (1 credit for every 84 hours worked)  2-6  Summer 
Elective graduate level courses taken to achieve 60 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 507 - Social Determinants of Health & Health Communication 2 Fall
PUBHLTH 511 - Nutrition and Public Health 2 Winter
PUBHLTH 513 - Public Health Systems, Policy and Management 3 Winter
PUBHLTH 514 - Public Health Sciences and the Environment 2 Winter
PUBHLTH 516 - Leadership Skills for Interprofessional Practice 1 Winter

Internship Opportunities

The overall goal of the internship is to provide General Epidemiology students with an opportunity to apply basic epidemiological methods in a public health or health care setting. General Epidemiology internships are either research- or practice-oriented and normally take place during the summer semester after the first year of training. They are typically 8-12 weeks long.

Students are responsible for arranging their own internships. Support and resources are provided through the Department (internship coordinator, track leaders, faculty members) and the Michigan Public Health Career Development Office. EPID 603 (Professional Development Seminar) will offer strategies and instruction on how to locate an internship. 

There are various funding opportunities for internships GE students can seek, such as:

  • Grants/scholarships from the School of Public Health
  • Faculty research grants
  • Public Health agencies
  • Research grants from faculty at other units on campus (e.g. medical school) or other institutions
  • Support from private companies (e.g. pharmaceutical companies).

If you are unable to secure sufficient funding for your internship from these other sources, you may apply to the department of Epidemiology for financial support. Please ask our internship coordinator, Dominique Person ( 

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