Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology

The Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology (HME) concentration emphasizes integrating laboratory methods with the principles and methods of epidemiology and biostatistics as applied to human health. Students obtaining an MPH in HME are poised to start careers in infection prevention, public health practice and as laboratory or project managers.

Curriculum and Program Requirements

The Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology concentration is a 60- credit hour sequence of courses that are typically finished after four terms (two years).  

A unique feature of the HME track is that students begin a mentored research experience in a research laboratory during their first term (sometimes, even before!).  These mentored research experiences allow HME students to hone their laboratory skills and gain knowledge of the ongoing research in one of the many research laboratories at the University of Michigan.  Students have found positions in laboratories in the School of Public Health, the Medical School, the Colleges of Letters, Sciences and the Arts, and the College of Engineering.  The laboratory experience can be combined with field experience that integrates laboratory and epidemiologic methods.  

Watch our webinar on the student experience for the Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology program.


Epidemiology Core Requirements

Courses Credits Term
Biostats 521 Applied Biostatistics 3 Fall
Biostats 522 Biostatistical Analysis for Health-Related Studies 3 Winter
EPID 512 The Biologic Basis of Disease  2 Fall
EPID 600 Epid Methods I, Introduction to Epidemiology 4 Fall
EPID 602 Epid Methods II, Data Analysis for Epid Study Design 4 Winter
EPID 640 SAS for Epidemiological Research 3 Fall
EPID 643 Surveillance & Publicly Available Datasets 1 Fall
EPID 644 Contemporary Methods 1 Fall
Professional Development Activities    Fall, Winter,Fall
Elective graduate level courses taken to achieve 60 credits    

HME Core Requirements

Courses credits Term
EPID 565 Research in Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology  4-5 ALL
EPID 582 Molecular Epidemiology 3 Winter
EPID 680 Hospital Epidemiology I 3 Winter
General Understanding of the Principles of Microbiology, Molecular Biology & Genetics
(choose one):
EPID 505 Polymicrobial Communities in Human Health & Disease,
EPID 507 Microbial Control: Sterilization, Disinfection & Manipulation,
EPID 605 Infectious Disease Epidemiology
EPID 515 Genetics and Public Health
EPID 621 Cancer Epidemiology
3 Fall or Winter

In Depth Knowledge of One Aspect of Microbiology, Molecular Biology & Genetics (Choose one):
EPID 560 Mechanisms of Bacterial Pathogenesis
EPID 525 Clinical & Diagnostic Microbiology, 
EPID 513 Vaccines in Public Health
EPID 516 Genomics in Public Health

3 Fall
Laboratory Techniques (choose one, may be waived for those with extensive laboratory
EPID 504 Polymicrobial Communities Laboratory
3 Fall or Winter

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

Independent Laboratory Experience 

HME students are required to have a mentored research experience that includes the laboratory. This usually takes place by participating in an ongoing research project under the supervision of a faculty member.  Students find placements at Departments all over the University, and many of them are paid as temporary hourly employees.  The type of research depends upon what HME students bring with them: someone with extensive laboratory experience might use this opportunity to learn how to integrate epidemiology with laboratory whereas those with limited bench experience may pursue laboratory placements.  HME students also may opt to additionally pursue a summer internship, for example, an internship in infection control.  

Funding Sources

HME MPH students may receive financial support from one or more of the following sources:

  • Grants/scholarships from the School of Public Health.
  • Research assistantships from faculty research grants (for the mentored research experiences in the laboratory students are often hired as temporary hourly employees).
  • HME students have successfully competed for paid summer internships in infection prevention and control, and at the Centers of Disease Control and state and local health departments, and internationally.

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