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:

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


An undergraduate degree is required. The cumulative grade point average should be a minimum of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Although no specific major is required, prerequisite coursework includes one semester each of college algebra and biology.

MPH Core Courses (18 s.h.)

The following course work is required for all MPH students. Students are expected to earn ≥ B- (2.67) on each core course and must earn a ≥ B (3.0) cumulative grade point average on all core courses. When necessary, a student may repeat courses to achieve this standard.

Number Title Hours
CPH:5100 Intro to Public Health 3 s.h.
BIOS:4120 Intro to Biostatistics 3 s.h.
CBH:4105 Intro to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3 s.h.
EPID:4400 Epidemiology I: Principles 3 s.h.
HMP:4000 Intro to the US Healthcare System 3 s.h.
OEH:4240 Global Environmental Health 3 s.h.

Students are required to attend departmental seminars and journal club. They also must present one scientific poster at an international, national, regional, state, university, or departmental poster session.

Bioscience Requirement (3 or 4 s.h.)

If a student has had such coursework in the past, a bioscience course does not need to be taken, but the hours are replaced with more hours of electives.

Any of the following courses may be used to meet this requirement:

Number Title Hours
PATH:8133 Intro to Human Pathology for Grad Students 4 s.h.
PATH:5270 Pathogenesis of Major Human Diseases 3 s.h.

Required Courses (15 s.h.)

Number Title Hours
EPID:5241 Statistical Methods in Epidemiology 4 s.h.
EPID:5540 Public Health Surveillance Mechanisms, Applications, and Data 3 s.h.
EPID:5580 Public Health Laboratory Techniques 1 s.h.
EPID:5600 Intro to Epidemiology Data Management and Analysis 3 s.h.
EPID:5925 Epidemiology Journal Club: Evaluating the Literature 0 s.h.
EPID:6400 Epidemiology II: Advanced Methods 4 s.h.

Elective courses (minimum of 2 s.h.)

An additional number of approved elective courses must be taken to complete the 42 s.h. total required for the MPH. At least 3 s.h. of this must be taken from among courses taught by the Epidemiology Department or from the following Biostatistics courses:

Number Title Hours
BIOS:6310 Introductory Longitudinal Data Analysis 3 s.h.
BIOS:6210 Applied Survival Analysis 3 s.h.

Applied Practice Experience (2 s.h.), Capstone Experience (1 s.h.), and Interprofessional Experience (0 s.h.)

Number Title Hours
CPH:7500 MPH Applied Practice Experience 2 s.h.
CPH:7200 MPH Capstone Experience 1 s.h.
CPH:5201 Interprof Educ & Pract MPH Students I 0 s.h.
CPH:5202 Interprof Educ & Pract MPH Students II 0 s.h.
CPH:5203 Interprof Educ & Pract MPH Students III 0 s.h.

Pre-Requisites to the Applied Practice Experience and the Capstone Experience

Students must complete all core courses prior to beginning the Applied Practice Experience, and they must take the Capstone Experience course in their final semester.

Summary of Requirements:

Area Hours
MPH Core 18 s.h.
Practice Experience 2 s.h.
Capstone Experience 1 s.h.
Interprof Experience 0 s.h.
Bioscience or elective 3 or 4 s.h.
Required courses 16 or 17 s.h.
Electives minimum of 2 s.h.
Total 42-44 s.h.


Questions or comments? Contact Lexie Just. This page was last reviewed on February 28, 2019.