MPH in Epidemiology

The MPH in Epidemiology is a degree for those students who desire to learn the fundamental concepts and methods of epidemiology. The degree provides the methodologic skills and knowledge and the practical experience oriented to the public health setting. The focus of the degree is public health data and methods and on their utilization in assessment of disease burden in the community. The student will also learn use of evaluation methods to assess the need and outcome of programs and interventions in the community. The student should be capable of performance in the public health department and health care settings.

Graduates of the MPH in Epidemiology will be able to:

  • Define the concepts and contents of epidemiology.
  • Use existing databases to provide background or supportive public health.
    data to determine priorities and formulate public health investigations.
  • Use existing questionnaires and measurement instruments in collection of data to determine public health status and priorities and to evaluate interventions.
  • Create study aims and objectives needed to address a public health program or investigation.
  • Select the appropriate study design for interventions/investigations.
  • Describe health and disease measurement in a community population.
  • Identify risk or preventive factors that may contribute to outcome and to incorporate them into a preventive study.
  • Use computers to collect, manage and analyze data for analysis of basic associations.
  • Analyze results and compose an understandable and presentable report of the results.
  • Identify who to contact regarding additional clinical, biomedical, statistical and programmatic expertise.
  • Interpret results to guide public health policy.

Examples of careers include:

  • Multi-site Director of Infection Prevention and Control
  • Healthcare-Associated Infections Epidemiologist
  • APHL/CDC Newborn Screening Bioinformatics Fellow
  • Influenza Surveillance Coordinator/Epidemiologist
  • Chronic Disease Prevention Epidemiologist
  • Workplace Suicide Prevention Program Coordinator

A typical student completes the MPH in two years. This following is a sample plan of study based on a full-time student starting in the Fall. Please work with your advisor to choose a plan that works best for you.

Course #Course nameHours
 Fall 112 s.h.
BIOS:4120Intro to Biostatistics*3 s.h.
CPH:5100Intro to Public Health*3 s.h.
EPID:4400Epidemiology I: Principles*3 s.h.
EPID:5600Intro to Epidemiology Data Management and Analysis3 s.h.
EPID:5925Epidemiology Journal Club0 s.h.
 Spring 114 s.h.
HMP:4000Intro to the US Healthcare System*3 s.h.
CBH:4105Intro to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention*3 s.h.
EPID:5241Statistical Methods in Epidemiology4 s.h.
EPID:6400Epidemiology II: Advanced Methods4 s.h.
EPID:5925Epidemiology Journal Club0 s.h.
 Fall 210 s.h.
EPID:5540Public Health Surveillance Mechanisms, Applications, and Data3 s.h.
OEH:4240Global Environmental Health*3 s.h.
PATH:8133Intro to Human Pathology for Grad Students
or PATH:5270 Pathogenesis of Major Human Diseases (3 s.h.)
4 s.h.
EPID:5925Epidemiology Journal Club0 s.h.
CPH:5203Interprofessional Education & Practice for MPH Students0 s.h.
 Spring 27 s.h.
EPID:5580Public Health Laboratory Techniques1 s.h.
EPID: ###EPI Elective3 s.h.
CPH:7200MPH Capstone Experience1 s.h.
CPH:7500MPH Applied Practice Experience2 s.h.
 MPH degree total43 s.h.
* Denotes Public Health Core Courses that must be complete prior to enrolling in CPH:7200 or CPH:7500.

MPH Core18 s.h.
Required courses19 s.h.
EPI Elective3 s.h.
Interprofessional Education & Practice0 s.h.
Applied Practice Experience2 s.h.
MPH Capstone1 s.h.
Total43 s.h.