Master of Public Health in the Field of Epidemiology

Program Co-Directors  M. Magnus, H. Young

Mission

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.

Goals

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.

The epidemiology specialization prepares students for epidemiological research and evaluation in academic, governmental, private-sector, and community health care sites. The curriculum prepares students to design and conduct studies, manage health data, and make leadership decisions in public health and clinical epidemiology.  The following competencies were developed in concert with professors of epidemiology courses (at GW as well as other CEPH-accredited MPH programs), epidemiology textbooks, conversations with prospective employers likely to hire MPH-epidemiology graduates, and experience teaching epidemiology courses to MPH students. ASPH Education Committee competencies were also consulted.

Upon completion of the MPH in Epidemiology, students will demonstrate functional competence to:

  • Apply epidemiological and biomedical concepts in identifying and describing the determinants and the distribution of disease in human populations. 
    Relevant Courses
    PUBH 6014Practicum
    PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
    PUBH 6247Design of Health Studies
    PUBH 6252Advanced Epidemiology Methods
  • Identify and assess patterns of emerging diseases to postulate hypotheses and to identify appropriate strategies in order to evaluate the impact of health problems. 
    Relevant Courses
    PUBH 6014Practicum
    PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
    PUBH 6247Design of Health Studies
    PUBH 6252Advanced Epidemiology Methods
  • Enumerate and apply underlying principles and methods to design, plan, and conduct epidemiologic studies including observational and experimental designs, screening programs, public health surveillance, and other epidemiologic designs. 
    Relevant Courses
    PUBH 6014Practicum
    PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
    PUBH 6247Design of Health Studies
    PUBH 6252Advanced Epidemiology Methods
  • Identify the appropriate data analysis methods, conduct data analysis using a computerized software program, and interpret the results from epidemiological studies. 
    Relevant Courses
    PUBH 6014Practicum
    PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
    PUBH 6249StatPackages/DataMgt&DataAnlys
    PUBH 6252Advanced Epidemiology Methods
    PUBH 6260Adv DataAnalysis-Public Health
    PUBH 6261Epi-Bio Skills Bldg Seminar
  • Demonstrate proficiency in constructing and managing databases from epidemiological studies using statistical software, e.g. The SAS® System. 
    Relevant Courses
    PUBH 6014Practicum
    PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
    PUBH 6249StatPackages/DataMgt&DataAnlys
    PUBH 6252Advanced Epidemiology Methods
    PUBH 6260Adv DataAnalysis-Public Health
  • Synthesize data and relevant literature to interpret findings in a causal framework, write manuscripts, and make oral presentations. 
    Relevant Courses
    PUBH 6014Practicum
    PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
    PUBH 6247Design of Health Studies
    PUBH 6249StatPackages/DataMgt&DataAnlys
    PUBH 6252Advanced Epidemiology Methods
    PUBH 6260Adv DataAnalysis-Public Health
    PUBH 6261Epi-Bio Skills Bldg Seminar
  • Work in a multidisciplinary research team and recognize and appropriately respond to ethical and legal issues that arise in research. 
    Relevant Courses
    PUBH 6014Practicum
    PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
    PUBH 6247Design of Health Studies
    PUBH 6249StatPackages/DataMgt&DataAnlys
    PUBH 6252Advanced Epidemiology Methods
    PUBH 6260Adv DataAnalysis-Public Health
    PUBH 6261Epi-Bio Skills Bldg Seminar
  • Define and critically assess issues in at least two of the following specialty areas in epidemiology:
    • Clinical epidemiology such as decision analysis, cost-effectiveness to clinical and public health problems.
    • Major topics in infectious disease epidemiology, including emerging infectious diseases, drug resistant pathogens, and perinatal and neonatal infections.
    • Methods and issues of cancer epidemiology including descriptive and analytical studies with emphasis on genetic and molecular epidemiology.
    • Methods and issues of chronic disease
    • Methods and issues of surveillance systems in public health
Relevant Courses
PUBH 6014Practicum
PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
PUBH 6247Design of Health Studies
PUBH 6252Advanced Epidemiology Methods

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 45 credits, including 15 credits in core courses, 21 credits in program-specific courses, 5 credits in elective courses, 2 credits in a practicum, and 2 credits in a culminating experience.

Required core
PUBH 6001Biological Concepts in Public Health
PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applications for Public Health
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology
PUBH 6004Environmental and Occupational Health in a Sustainable World
PUBH 6006Management and Policy Approaches to Public Health
PUBH 6007Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health
Required program
PUBH 6247Design of Health Studies
PUBH 6249StatPackages/DataMgt&DataAnlys
PUBH 6252Advanced Epidemiology Methods
PUBH 6260Adv DataAnalysis-Public Health
PUBH 6261Epi-Bio Skills Bldg Seminar
Epidemiology content foundation
At least two of the following:
PUBH 6242ClinicalEpid&Decision Analysis
PUBH 6244Cancer Epidemiology
PUBH 6245InfectiousDisease Epidemiology
PUBH 6250Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS
PUBH 6259Epid Surveillance/PublicHealth
Epidemiology-biostatistics electives
4 elective credits from Department of Epidemiology-Biostatistics course offerings. A sample list of courses that would fulfill this requirement is below; other courses may be announced.
PUBH 6236Systematic Review of Public Health Literature
PUBH 6237Chronic Disease Epidemiology
PUBH 6238Molecular Epidemiology
PUBH 6240Pediatric HIV/AIDS
PUBH 6241Nutritional Epidemiology
PUBH 6243Topics:ClinicalEpi&DecAnalysis
PUBH 6253Issues in HIV Care & Treatment
PUBH 6255Org Responses to HIV/Epidemic
PUBH 6258Adv Topics/Biostat Consulting (Instructor’s Approval Required)
PUBH 6262Intro-Geog Information Systems
PUBH 6263Advanced GIS
PUBH 6267Time Series:Applications in PH
PUBH 6268Advanced SAS
PUBH 6269Reproductive Epidemiology
PUBH 6270HIV/AIDS Surveillance
PUBH 6271Disaster Epidemiology
PUBH 6272Infectious Agents- Cancer
PUBH 6273Ethnographic Methods
PUBH 6274Emerging ID for PH Pro's
PUBH 6281Analysis of Complex Surveys Using SAS and Stata
PUBH 6484Prevention and Control of Vector Borne Diseases
PUBH 6485Prevention and Control of Water and Sanitation Diseases
PUBH 6299Topics in Epi/Bio (Behavioral Epidemiology)
PUBH 6299Topics in Epi/Bio (Pesticide Exposures and Cancer)
Electives
Any SPH graduate course(s).
Practicum and culminating experience
PUBH 6014Practicum
PUBH 6015Culminating Experience

Graduation Requirements

  1. Graduate credit requirement: 45 graduate credits
  2. Course requirements: Successful completion of core and program-specific courses
  3. Grade point requirement: 3.0 (B average) overall grade point average
  4. Time limit requirement: The degree must be completed within four years.
  5. Transfer credit policy: Up to 12 graduate credits that have not been applied to a previous graduate degree may be transferred to the Master of Public Health program. Up to 18 credits may be transferred to the Master of Public Health from the SPH graduate certificate. Credits must have been earned from an accredited institution in the last 3 years with a grade point of 3.0 or better.