Master of Public Health in the Field of Global Health Epidemiology and Disease Control

Program Director J. Tielsch


The mission of the Global Health Epidemiology and Disease Control Program is to prepare global health professionals to develop and rigorously appraise programs for the control of infectious and chronic diseases as well as injuries. Students acquire the skills needed to improve program performance, thereby helping to ensure optimum investment of scarce resources in low and middle income countries and in underserved communities around the world.


The goals of the Global Health Epidemiology and Disease Control Program are to prepare students to be applied epidemiologists in public health program implementation and evaluation to:

  • Use common epidemiological tools to generate evidence on interventions targeted to infectious and chronic disease control.
  • Work within real-world settings to strengthen methodological rigor of program priority setting and evaluation.
  • Generate and use data for assessing burden of disease, determining efficacy and effectiveness of interventions for infectious and chronic diseases.
  • Translate evidence to support program and health systems improvements and policy recommendations.
  • Communicate the results of research to a broad set of constituents.

Visit the program website for additional program information.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 45 credits including, 15 credits in core courses, 18 credits in program specific courses, 8 credits in elective courses, a 2-credit practicum, and a​​ 2-credit culminating experience. 

Core (15 credits)
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
Program specific (18 credits)
PUBH 6247Design of Health Studies
PUBH 6249Use of Statistical Packages: Data Management and Data Analysis
PUBH 6252Advanced Epidemiology Methods
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
PUBH 6411Global Health Qualitative Research Methods
PUBH 6416Ethical and Cultural Issues in Global Health Research and Programs
PUBH 6486Global Health Programs and Approaches to the Control of Infectious Diseases
PUBH 6492Global Health Programs and Approaches to the Control of Chronic Diseases
Eight credits from the following:
PUBH 6563Global Child Health
PUBH 6484Prevention and Control of Vector Borne Diseases
PUBH 6487Emerging Zoonotic Diseases and Global Food Production
PUBH 6245Infectious Disease Epidemiology
PUBH 6250Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS
PUBH 6253Issues in HIV Care and Treatment
PUBH 6240Pediatric HIV/AIDS
PUBH 6270HIV/AIDS Surveillance
PUBH 6255Organizational Responses to the Local, National, and Global HIV/AIDS Epidemics
PUBH 6259Epidemiology Surveillance in Public Health
PUBH 6244Cancer Epidemiology
PUBH 6481Global Mental Health
PUBH 6269Reproductive Epidemiology
PUBH 6262Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
PUBH 6480Public Health in Humanitarian Settings
PUBH 6501Program Evaluation
PUBH 6132Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) in Low-Income Countries
PUBH 6242Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health: Reading the Research
PUBH 6243Topics in Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health: Reading the Research
Practicum and Culminating Experience (4 credits)
PUBH 6014Practicum
PUBH 6015Culminating Experience

 *Alternate elective courses can be selected with approval of advisor.