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 15 credits in core courses, 12 credits in program-specific courses, 4 credits in epidemiology foundational courses, 4 credits in epidemiology-biostatistics electives, 6 credits in SPH course electives, 2 credits in a practicum, and 2 credits in a culminating experience.

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
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
At least two of the following courses (4 credits):
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
Epidemiology electives
4 elective credits from Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics course offerings or other specified courses. A sample list of courses that could fulfill this requirement are shown below. Additional courses may be announced.
PUBH 6235Epidemiology of Obesity
PUBH 6236Systematic Review of Public Health Literature
PUBH 6238Molecular Epidemiology
PUBH 6239Epidemiology of Foodborne and Waterborne Diseases
PUBH 6240Pediatric HIV/AIDS
PUBH 6243Topics in Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health: Reading the Research
PUBH 6253Issues in HIV Care and Treatment
PUBH 6255Organizational Responses to the Local, National, and Global HIV/AIDS Epidemics
PUBH 6258Advanced Topics in Biostatistical Consulting (Instructor’s Approval Required)
PUBH 6262Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
PUBH 6263Advanced GIS
PUBH 6267Time Series Applications in Public Health
PUBH 6268Advanced SAS
PUBH 6269Reproductive Epidemiology
PUBH 6270HIV/AIDS Surveillance
PUBH 6271Disaster Epidemiology
PUBH 6272Epidemiology of Infectious Agents Associated with Human Cancer
PUBH 6273Ethnographic Methods
PUBH 6274Emerging Infectious Diseases for Public Health Professionals
PUBH 6281Analysis of Complex Surveys Using SAS and Stata
PUBH 6282Introduction to R Programming
PUBH 6283Biostatistics Consulting Practicum
PUBH 6299Topics in Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Behavioral Epidemiology)
PUBH 6121Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
PUBH 6127Germs: An Introduction to Environmental Health Microbiology
PUBH 6484Prevention and Control of Vector Borne Diseases
PUBH 6486Global Health Programs and Approaches to the Control of Infectious Diseases
EXNS 6208Physical Activity: Physiology and Epidemiology
Other electives
6 credits in any graduate-level SPH courses.
Practicum and culminating experience
PUBH 6014Practicum (taken for 2 credits)
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. Minimum 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. External credits must have been earned from an accredited institution in the last three years with a minimum grade (or grade-point average) of B (3.0) or above. SPH graduate certificate students can transfer as many credits as meet program requirements—up to 18 credits—to the MPH degree. Graduate certificate students wishing to transfer to a degree program may apply to do so via the online change of concentration petition after completion of three or more courses and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. A grade of B or above is required for a course to be eligible for transfer.