Masters of Public Health Programs

The Department of Epidemiology at Michigan Public Health is comprised of four concentrations: General Epidemiology, Global Health Epidemiology, Occupational & Environmental Epidemiology, and Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology. Each concentration uses a multidisciplinary approach to explore reducing disease in human populations in the pursuit of a healthier world. 

Applicants to any concentration within epidemiology represent a broad and diverse skill sets and backgrounds that include, but are not limited to: biology, pre-med or pre-dental studies, nursing, zoology, microbiology, mathematics, psychology, sociology, and anthropology. Learn more about each concentration and the different courses offered below.

 
Courses Credits Term
PUBHLTH 508 - Social Determinants of Health 1 Fall
PUBHLTH 510 - Communication Fudamentals 1 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

General Epidemiology

students working togetherThe General Epidemiology (GE) concentration 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 (birth outcomes, mid-life health among women), climate change and health, the microbiome, 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. 

The General Epidemiology concentration is offered in 60- or 42-credit hours, depending on previous training and degrees.  The 42-credit program is intended for students already holding a doctoral degree (M.D., D.D.S., D.V.M., Ph.D.). The 60-credit program typically requires four terms (two years) of study, while 42-credits can be completed in three terms (one or 1.5 years). Competencies and learning objectives for Master of Public Health in General Epidemiology.

 General Epidemiology Program Requirements 

Courses Credit Term
Biostats 521 Applied Biostatistics  3  Fall
Biostats 522 Biostatistical Analysis for Health-Related Studies Winter 
* EPID 784 Survival Analysis Applied to Epidemiologic and Medical Data AND
* EPID 766 Analysis of Longitudinal Data From Epidemiological Studies AND
* EPID 757 Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses AND
* EPID 720 Applied Mediation Analysis
Summer 
* EPID 747 Successful Scientific Writing Summer 
EPID 624 Epidemiology Capstone Writing Winter 
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 OR
* EPID 787 Introduction to Multilevel Analysis in Public Health OR
* EPID 708 Machine Learning for Epidemiologic Analysis
Fall
Summer
Summer 
Summer Internship (1 credit for every 106 hours worked)  3-6  Summer 
Professional Development Activities    Fall, Winter 
Elective graduate level courses taken to achieve 42 credits    

Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology

student in labThe Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology (HME) concentration emphasizes integrating laboratory methods with the principles and methods of epidemiology and biostatistics as applied to human health. The MPH in HME trains students in the diverse skills required in the practice of hospital and molecular epidemiology. The 60-credit-hour program is typically finished after four terms, and students are required to gain experience in the field and/or laboratory in a relevant area of study during their time in the program. Competencies and learning objectives for Masters of Public Health in Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology.

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    

H.M.E. 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 525 Clinical & Diagnostic Microbiology,
EPID 513 Vaccines in Public Health
3 Fall or Winter
In Depth Knowledge of One Aspect of Microbiology, Molecular Biology & Genetics (Choose one):
EPID 543 Epidemiology of Viral Diseases,
EPID 560 Mechanisms of Bacterial Pathogenesis
3 Fall
Laboratory Techniques (choose one, may be waived for those with extensive laboratory
experience):
EPID 504 Polymicrobial Communities Laboratory
3 Fall or Winter

Global Health Epidemiology

student workThe Global Health Epidemiology (GHE) concentration provides technical skills to work as epidemiologists in any setting, domestic or global. As with the other MPH concentrations in Epidemiology, the minimum 60 credits of coursework is typically finished after four terms (two years). The GHE concentration is highly interdisciplinary, providing theory, methods and practice training in the health and applied social sciences. Epidemiology faculty have ongoing research collaborations in countries throughout the world, including Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Israel, Malawi, and Mexico. Topics related to these collaborations include cancer, chronic disease, drug-resistance, nutritional determinants of maternal/child health, reproductive health, social determinants of health, urban health, vaccine surveillance, and water-borne and vector-borne diseases. Students in this concentration are required to complete their summer internship in a developing country. Competencies and learning objectives for Master of Public Health in Global Health Epidemiology.

Epidemiology Core Requirements

courses credits term
Biostats 521 Applied Biostatistics 3 Fall
Biostats 522 Biostatistical Analysis for Health-Related Studies 3 Winter
Biostats 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 531 Epidemiology Capstone Writing 1 Winter
EPID 600 Epid Methods I, Introduction to Epidemiology 4 Fall
EPID 602 Epid Methods II, Data Analysis for Epid Study Design  4 Winter
EPID 603 Professional Development Seminar 1 Winter, Fall
EPID 604 *Applications of Epid (Capstone/ILE) Winter 
EPID 640 SAS for Epidemiological Research Fall 
EPID 641 Measurement Theory & Instrument Design  1 Winter 
EPID 642 Sampling & Power Winter 
EPID 643 Surveillance & Publicly Available Datasets  Fall
EPID 644 Contemporary Methods Fall 
Summer Internship (1 credit for every 106 hours worked)  3-6 Summer 
Professional Development Activities F 1, W 1, F 2   Fall, Winter 
Elective graduate level courses taken to achieve 60 credits    

G.H.E. Core Requirements

courses credits term
EPID 506 Introduction to International Health 3 Fall
EPID 664 Biostatistical Analysis for Health-Related Studies 3 Winter
EPID 665 Research Seminar in International Health 2 Winter
Choose one of the following:
EPID 605 Infectious Disease Epidemiology,
EPID 618 Global Social Epidemiology,
EPID 621 Introduction to Cancer Epidemiology,
EPID 634 Foundations in Infectious Disease Transmission Modeling,
EPID 663 Health, Evidence & Human Rights,
EPID 666 Health & Socioeconomic Development
3 Fall, Winter

Occupational & Environmental Epidemiology

Student doing researchThe Occupational & Environmental Epidemiology (OEE) concentration provides MPH students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences that will allow them to investigate the human health impacts of exposures to chemical pollutants and non-chemical stressors in people's homes, workplaces, and communities. Faculty characterize exposures, explore associations between exposure and health, investigate gene-environment interactions and epigenetics, develop novel statistical methods to study multi-pollutant mixtures, and test the effectiveness of public health interventions. In addition, researchers examine exposures (air pollution, metals, pesticides, extreme heat and cold, phthalates and plasticizers, asbestos, nose), as well as health outcomes that range from asthma, autism, and birth outcomes in children to cardiovascular disease, metabolic disease, dementia, and mortality in older adults. The MPH degree in O.E.E. is earned in a 60-hour sequence of courses that are typically finished after four terms (two years). Competencies and learning objectives for Master of Public Health in Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology.

Epidemiology Core Requirements

Courses credits term
Biostats 521 (3 cr): Applied Biostatistics F 1 3 Fall
Biostats 522 (3 cr): Biostatistical Analysis for Health-Related Studies W 1 3 Winter
Biostats 523 (4 cr): Statistical Methods in Epidemiology F 2 4 Fall
EPID 530 (1 cr): Scientific Writing for Epidemiologists F 2 1 Fall
EPID 531 (1 cr): Epidemiology Capstone Writing W 2 1 Winter
EPID 600 (4 cr): Epid Methods I, Introduction to Epidemiology F 1 4 Fall
EPID 602 (4 cr): Epid Methods II, Data Analysis for Epid Study Design W 1 4 Winter
EPID 603 (1 cr/semester): Professional Development Seminar W1 & F2 1 Winter, Fall
EPID 604 (4 cr)*: Applications of Epid (Capstone/ILE) W 2 4 Winter
EPID 640 (3 cr): SAS for Epidemiological Research F 1  3 Fall 
EPID 644 (1 cr): Contemporary Methods F 2 Fall 
Summer Internship (3-6 cr) 1 credit for every 106 hours worked S 3-6  Summer 
Professional Development Activities F 1, W 1, F 2   Fall, Winter 
Elective graduate level courses taken to achieve 60 credits    

O.E.E. Core Requirements

courses credits term
EHS 601 (3 cr): Exposure Science & Health F 1 3 Fall
EHS 602 (3 cr): Essentials of Toxicology F 2 3 Fall
EPID/EHS 608 (3 cr): Environmental Epidemiology W 1 3 Winter
EPID/EHS 675 (3 cr): Data Analysis for Environmental Epidemiology W 2 3 Winter
EHS 668** (1 cr): Professional Seminar in Occupational Health W 2 1 Winter

Admissions

To learn more about the application process and financial aid options, visit the Admissions & Aid section or the Epidemiology Prospective Student section. Additional information for international applicants can be found here. Funding for support of a limited number of students and postdoctoral fellows is available through a mixture of training grants, research grants, and graduate student research assistantships.

For more information, contact individual faculty in your interest area or the Admissions Coordinator (Nancy Francis).