Master of Public Health in the Field of Epidemiology

Program Co-Directors  M. Magnus, H. Young


The mission of the master of public health in the field of epidemiology degree program is to help students develop the necessary methodological and quantitative skills to work successfully in the field. While nurturing students’ capacity to think critically and creatively, students are encouraged to deepen their commitment to improving the public’s health and to engaging in and promoting public service qualities essential for future epidemiologists and public health practitioners.


The goals of the program are to ensure that graduates:

  • Understand and adhere to high scientific standards for research;
  • Understand and follow guidelines for ethical treatment of research participants;
  • Can communicate research findings to a lay audience; and
  • Respect cultural diversity throughout all of the above.

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The following requirements must be fulfilled: 45 credits, including 17 credits in core courses, 20 credits in program-specific courses, 6 credits in elective courses, and a 2-credit culminating experience.

Core courses
PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applications for Public Health
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology
PUBH 6007Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health
PUBH 6009Fundamentals of Public Health Program Evaluation
PUBH 6011Environmental and Biological Foundations of Public Health
PUBH 6012Fundamentals of Health Policy
PUBH 6021Essentials of Public Health Practice and Leadership I
PUBH 6022Essentials of Public Health Practice and Leadership II (Includes Practicum)
PUBH 6023Interprofessional Education Experience
Departmental courses
PUBH 6247Design of Health Studies
PUBH 6249Use of Statistical Packages: Data Management and Data Analysis
PUBH 6252Advanced Epidemiology Methods
PUBH 6260Advanced Data Analysis for Public Health
Program-specific epidemiology foundational courses
At least two courses (4 credits) from the following:
PUBH 6237Chronic Disease Epidemiology
PUBH 6241Nutritional Epidemiology
PUBH 6242Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health: Reading the Research
PUBH 6244Cancer Epidemiology
PUBH 6245Infectious Disease Epidemiology
PUBH 6248Epidemiology of Aging
PUBH 6250Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS
PUBH 6259Epidemiology Surveillance in Public Health
Program-specific electives
4 credits in Epidemiology/Biostatistics department courses or from following list:
PUBH 6299Topics in Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Behavioral Epidemiology)
PUBH 6121Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
PUBH 6127Introduction to Environmental Health Microbiology
PUBH 6455Global Vaccinology
PUBH 6484Prevention and Control of Vector Borne Diseases
PUBH 6486Global Health Programs and Approaches to the Control of Infectious Diseases
PUBH 6492Global Health Programs and Approaches to the Control of Chronic Diseases
EXNS 6208Physical Activity: Physiology and Epidemiology
Additional electives
6 credits in any graduate-level SPH courses.
Culminating experience
PUBH 6015Culminating Experience (taken for 2 credits)

Graduation Requirements

  1. Graduate credit requirement: 45 graduate credits.
  2. Course requirements: Successful completion of core and program-specific courses.
  3. Practicum Requirement: Students are required to fulfill all requirements of the Applied Practice Experience (Practicum) to receive credit for PUBH 6022.
  4. Interprofessional Education Experience (IPE):  Students are required to enroll and participate in an authorized IPE activity (PUBH 6023).
  5. Minimum grade-point requirement: minimum 3.0 (B average) cumulative grade-point average.
  6. Time limit requirement: The degree must be completed within five years.
  7. Transfer credit policy: With approval, up to 12 graduate credits that have not been applied to any previous graduate degree may be transferred to the master of public health program. External credits must have been earned from an accredited institution in the last three years with a minimum grade of 3.0 (B) in each course. Students in SPH graduate certificate programs can transfer as many credits earned toward the certificate to the MPH degree as meet MPH degree requirements, to a maximum of 18 credits.
  8. Graduate certificate students wishing to transfer to a degree program may apply to do so after completion of three or more courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 via the online change of concentration petition. A grade of B or above is required for a specific course to be eligible for transfer.  
  9. CITI Training requirement: All students are required to complete training regarding human subject protection regulation and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
  10. Integrity Quiz and Plagiarism requirement: All students are required to review the George Washington University Code of Academic Integrity and take the SPH Academic Integrity Quiz at GWSPH Source. within their first semester of study.
  11. Professional Enhancement requirement: Students must participate in eight hours of public health-related lectures, seminars, and symposia, related to their field of study.