Masters of Public Health Programs

60 Credit Hours | 2 Year Program

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Epidemiology prepares students for careers in research, teaching, government and industry.  Each of the four available concentrations uses a multidisciplinary approach to explore reducing disease in human populations in the pursuit of a healthier world. 

Applicants to any concentration within epidemiology come from a broad range of backgrounds and fields 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.

Concentrations

General Epidemiology

Do you want to have an excellent grasp of epidemiologic principles so you can apply them to addressing a wide variety of health issues? The 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.

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
PUBHLTH 507 Social Determinants of Health and Communication Fundamentals 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 1 Winter
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    

Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology

Are you excited about epidemiology, but also want to conduct laboratory research? The HME concentration emphasizes integrating laboratory methods with the principles and methods of epidemiology and biostatistics as applied to human health. 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    

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
experience):
EPID 504 Polymicrobial Communities Laboratory
3 Fall or Winter

Global Health Epidemiology

Do you want to apply epidemiology to addressing health challenges in low and middle income countries? The GHE concentration provides technical skills to work as epidemiologists in any setting, domestic or global. Students in this concentration are required to complete their summer
internship in a low or middle income country or in a governmental or non-governmental agency engaged in global health work. As with the other MPH concentrations in Epidemiology, the minimum 60 credits of coursework is typically finished after four terms (two years).

Epidemiology faculty have ongoing research collaborations in countries throughout the world, including but not limited to Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Israel, Malawi, Mexico, Nicaragua, Thailand, and Zimbabwe. Topics related to these collaborations include aging, lifecourse epidemiology, cancer, chronic disease, drug-resistance, nutritional determinants of health, maternal and child health, reproductive health, neurobehavioral health, social determinants of health, occupational health, environmental health, urban health, vaccine surveillance, and water-borne and vector-borne diseases.

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 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 86 hours worked)  2-6 Summer 
Professional Development Activities F 1, W 1, F 2   Fall, Winter 
Elective graduate level courses taken to achieve 60 credits    

GHE Core Requirements

courses credits term
EPID 506 Introduction to International Health 3 Fall
EPID 664 Field Methods in Epidemiology for Developing Countries 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 and Environmental Epidemiology

Are you passionate about addressing the impact of the environment on health? The 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. The MPH degree in OEE 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: Applied Biostatistics  3 Fall
Biostats 522: Biostatistical Analysis for Health-Related Studies  3 Winter
Biostats 523: Statistical Methods in Epidemiology 4 Fall
EPID 530: Scientific Writing for Epidemiologists 1 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 603: Professional Development Seminar  1 Winter, Fall
EPID 604: Applications of Epid (Capstone/ILE)  4 Winter
EPID 640: SAS for Epidemiological Research  3 Fall 
EPID 644: Contemporary Methods Fall 
Summer Internship (1 credit for every 86 hours worked) 2-6  Summer 
Professional Development Activities    Fall, Winter 
Elective graduate level courses taken to achieve 60 credits    

OEE Core Requirements

courses credits term
EHS 601: Exposure Science & Health 3 Fall
EHS 602: Essentials of Toxicology 3 Fall
EHS 603: Occupational and Environmental Disease 3 Winter
EPID/EHS 608: Environmental Epidemiology  3 Winter
EPID/EHS 675: Data Analysis for Environmental Epidemiology 3 Winter
EHS 668: Professional Seminar in Occupational Health  1 Winter

Program Curriculum and Prerequisites

Prerequisites

Epidemiology is a discipline strongly rooted in the life sciences and quantitative analysis. It is recommended that applicants to the Epidemiology MPH program take courses in Biology, Chemistry, and/or Organic Chemistry as well as Algebra, Calculus, and/or Statistics.  

Curriculum

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

Types of Applied Learning during your MPH Degree

  • Summer Internship: Required for GE, GHE, and OEE tracks. An applied research or practical experience that requires a minimum of 168 hours during the summer between 1st and 2nd year (optional for HME students)
    • Associated Class for GE, GHE, OEE: Epid 603 (Winter 1 & Fall 2)
    • Associated Class for HME: Epid 565 (Fall 1, Winter 1, Fall 2, Winter 2)
  • Applied Learning Experience (APEx): Required for all tracks. Requires a practice partner (outside the School of Public Health) that over the course of one or more experiences produces two products/deliverables that cover five unique foundational and concentration competencies (at least 3 of which come from the Foundational Competencies list).
    • Associated Class for GE, GHE, OEE: Epid 603 (Winter 1 & Fall 2)
    • Associated Class for HME: Epid 565 (Fall 1, Winter 1, Fall 2, Winter 2)
  • Integrated Learning Experience (ILE): Required for all tracks. A culminating research project advised by an Epid faculty member. This can use data from a summer internship, research job, or can use new data associated with your ILE Advisor.
    • Associated Class for GE, GHE, OEE: Epid 604 (Fall 2 & Winter 2)
    • Associated class for HME: Epid 565 (Fall 1, Winter 1, Fall 2, Winter 2)

Certificates

Certificate programs are optional programs open to all MPH students regardless of department or track. Certificates give students the opportunity to add training and experience in cross-cutting topics. Certificate requires completing core courses and electives, and notifying the School Registrar.  Work with your advisor to develop a course schedule that will satisfy your selected certificate.

Recommended certificates:

Financial Support

In addition to financial aid and funding opportunities from the School of Public Health, 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.

Ready to Apply?

Applications for the Epidemiology MPH program are processed through SOPHAS. Visit our ‘Applications and Deadlines’ page to start the application process.