MPH: Epidemiology Concentration
The Master of Public Health program with a concentration in epidemiology provides training in the principles and methodology of epidemiological research and practice. Students in this program explore the theories and methodologies underlying the basic science of public health and learn how to design, conduct, analyze, and interpret research studies in such areas as genetic epidemiology, cardiovascular epidemiology, cancer epidemiology, and infectious disease epidemiology. Graduates pursue advanced degrees in research or management careers in the public, private, or academic sectors.
Epidemiology concentrators are required to complete 16 credits within the department in addition to the MPH epidemiology core course requirement, EP 713.
All concentrators must take:
- BS 723 Introduction to Statistical Computing
- EP 813 Intermediate Epidemiology
The remaining 8 credits may be taken from any EP course numbered 700 or above. However, only 4 credits of 900-level EP courses may be applied to the concentration requirements.
Note: The following courses outside of the epidemiology department carry epidemiology concentration credit. Only 4 credits of these courses in addition to BS 723 may be counted toward the 16 required epidemiology concentration credits.
- BS 722 Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials
- BS 728 Public Health Surveillance: A Methods-Based Approach
- EH 757 Environmental Epidemiology
- EH 804 Exposure Assessment
- IH 805 Controversies in Global Control and Eradication of Infectious Diseases
- MC 759 Perinatal Epidemiology
- PH 825 Role of Human & Environmental Factors in Emerging & Re-emerging Infectious Diseases
- PM 811 Health Services Research Methods
- SB 822 Quantitative Methods for Program Evaluation
Epidemiology concentrators must pass a 4-hour comprehensive exam prior to graduation. This exam should be scheduled after the student has completed Intermediate Epidemiology (EP 813) or Advanced Epidemiology (EP 854). In addition, the student must have completed at least 16 credits with a GPA of 3.0 or better and be registered for at least 24 credits, including all core courses. The exam is offered every year in April and November. Students are encouraged to take the exam the semester prior to their last semester.
Areas of Emphasis
Within the epidemiology concentration, students are able to take courses that fulfill their interests in certain areas of emphasis to help prepare themselves for the specific field of epidemiology in which they would like to work. The following are emphasis areas that students may take; for more information, see the Concentrators’ Guide in Epidemiology.
- Clinical Trials
- Infectious Diseases
- Non-Infectious Diseases
- Epidemiologic Research Methods