On This Page
- Requirements and Policies (student responsibilities, current Epidemiology Student Handbook, Graduate College Manual, etc)
- Resources for Student Academic Success and Professional Development (guide for advising in Epi, Grad Success Center, Writing Center, CPH Career Services, public speaking and presentation resources)
- Plan of Study and MyPlan (for new students developing their plan of study during their first semester)
- Financial Resources, Funding Your Education, and Travel/Research Support (links to financial resources and forms for applying for travel/research assistance)
- Resources for Student Well-Being (University Counseling Services, Basic Needs and Support, Resources for International Students, Reserving Shared Space/Conference Rooms in CPHB)
- Forms for Preceptorship, Prospectus, Independent Study, Research in Epidemiology Approvals (internal departmental preceptorship/thesis approval forms for MS, PhD students)
- Archived Epidemiology Student Handbooks
Requirements and Policies
It is the responsibility of every student enrolled in an Epidemiology degree program to:
- Know and adhere to rules, regulations, and requirements as outlined in the Epidemiology Student Handbook and the Manual of the Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College.
- Complete and maintain a complete and approved plan of study outlining how and when the course and non-course requirements for the degree will be met.
- Meet all degree requirements as outlined in the University General Catalog and Epidemiology Student Handbook, including all deadlines necessary for successful degree conferral.
- Check their UIOWA email frequently for important course, departmental, collegiate, or university updates and communication.
Epidemiology Student Handbook
The Epidemiology Student Handbook is updated each year with the current policies, procedures, and degree requirements. Students are advised to read through the handbook in its entirety during Orientation week and to frequently reference it throughout the degree program for quick answers and useful information.
Graduate College Manual of Rules and Regulations
All Epidemiology degrees are conferred through the Graduate College and are administered under the guidance of the Graduate College’s policies listed in the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College.
Additional College of Public Health and University Resources
Resources for Student Academic Success and Professional Development
Establishing Relationships with your Advising Team
Graduate Success Center
The Grad Success Center supports current students with professional, academic, and personal success. The experts in their office can help with fellowship and grant support, career exploration and planning, teaching resources for students. They also deliver workshops to students on a variety of topics. Students are also encouraged to set up one-on-one consulting (up to three appointments per semester) in the following areas:
- Career Consultations – resume/CV, cover letter, application materials review or job search prep and interview advice/practice, etc
- Fellowship Consultations – detailed advice on proposal drafts
- Teaching/CIRTL Consultations – for students looking to get more involved with teaching
See the Graduate Success Center Appointments page for more information on scheduling a meeting.
CPH Career Services
The College of Public Health Career Services office is committed to supporting the professional development goals ofall graduate students in the College of Public Health. Students should frequently visit the CPH Career Services website for resources to develop important career skills, view the workshop and job fair event schedule, explore careers, practice job skills, find professionals, etc.
The Writing Center
Schedule appointments as needed for feedback on any writing project. Students a re strongly encouraged to use this resource. The writing center’s website also includes resources to learn about writing academic manuscripts, resumes and CVs, and personal statements.
Public Speaking and Presenting
- RHET:7940 Public Speaking for Academics
Interdisciplinary – hone presentational skills relevant to careers across many sectors. Counts toward the Graduate Teaching Certificate.
- University of Iowa 3MT
Research competition held yearly that challenges graduate students to clearly and concisely articulate complex research to non-specialist audiences. Information session August 9th.
- EDTL:7015:0001 Improvisation, Pedagogy, and Social Change
Students will be introduced to theories of practices of critical literacy, improv, and social justice theatre as they relate to teaching and learning.
- Iowa Digital Engagement and Learning Center
Provides support for students working on digital projects.
Plan of Study and MyPlan
Your Plan of Study
Plan of Study Process
All Epidemiology students will draft a plan of study during their first semester indicating how they will meet all course and non-course requirements for their degree program. The student’s plan of study must be approved by the Epidemiology Graduate Program Coordinator, Faculty Advisor, and the faculty plan of study committee before they are permitted to register for their second semester courses.
Drafting The Plan of Study Using MyPlan
Epidemiology Plans of Study are now drafted using the MyPlan tool in MyUI.
MyUI Sample Plans
Sample plans have been created for each of the Epidemiology degree programs for students to use as a guide when creating their individualized MyPlan. Sample plans can be exported into the student’s MyPlan and then customized, or students may choose to create a MyPlan from scratch.
Current sample plan templates:
- MPH-Epi Sample Plan
- MS-Epi Nonthesis Sample Plan
- MS-Epi Thesis Sample Plan
- MS-Clinical Investigation Sample Plan
- PhD- Epi Sample Plan
- PhD Interest Areas for Interest Area Elective Requirement (23-25 s.h.)
Transfer Credit/Waiver Requests
Degree Requirement Checklists
- PhD Degree Requirements Checklist for MyPlan Verification.docx
- MS Degree Requirements Checklist for MyPlan Verification.docx
- MPH Degree Requirements Checklist for MyPlan Verification.docx
Submitting MyPlan for Approval
Financial Resources, Funding Your Education, and Travel/Research Support
The Graduate College has several opportunities for current students to apply for and obtain scholarships and fellowships that can help finance your education. Please book an appointment with the Graduate Success Center to consult with experts on options that might be available to you!
College of Public Health
- Advancing Graduate Student Success Award
- CPH Global Public Health Student Travel Award
- Dr. Carol S. Gleich Development Award
- Graduate & Professional Student Government Grants for Students
- MPH Funding Request for Professional Development
Department of Epidemiology
- Epidemiology Request for Department Travel Funds Form
- Epidemiology Graduate Student Assistantship Application Form
Additional Financial Aid Resources
- The Office of Financial Student Aid offers several kinds of aid to graduate students, including loans and employment.
- The ASPPH has gathered useful information on financing your public health degree, including a list of scholarship search engines.
Resources for Student Well-Being
- University Counseling Service
- Reserving Shared Space in CPHB (for students looking to reserve study space or a room for group meetings)
- Graduate College ICON Site for New Students
- Resources for International Students
- Student Care and Assistance
- Student Health
- Student Wellness
- Basic Needs and Support
Forms for Preceptorship, Prospectus, Independent Study, Research in Epidemiology Approvals
MS Preceptorship & Thesis
- Epidemiology Preceptorship Guidelines
- Epidemiology Preceptorship Proposal Form
- Epidemiology Preceptorship Evaluation Form
- Epidemiology Thesis Prospectus Approval Instructions
Independent Study and Research in Epidemiology
Comprehensive Exam & Dissertation
- Epidemiology PhD Comprehensive Examination Intent Form
- Epidemiology Dissertation Prospectus Approval Instructions