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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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 either of the program leaders (Carl Marrs or Nancy Francis).

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