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

Program Director J. Tielsch

Mission

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.

Goals

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.

By the end of their MPH, Global Health Epidemiology and Disease Control program, students should be able to:

  • Apply epidemiological and multi-disciplinary concepts to identify, analyze, and address global health challenges including burden of illness and the determinants and distribution disease in populations.
Relevant courses:
PUBH 6247Design of Health Studies
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
  • Select the appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative methods depending on the specific research or programmatic need and apply underlying principles to design and conduct such studies including observational and experimental designs, screening programs, and public health surveillance.
Relevant courses:
PUBH 6247Design of Health Studies
PUBH 6249StatPackages/DataMgt&DataAnlys
PUBH 6252Advanced Epidemiology Methods
PUBH 6441Global Health Organizations and Regulations
  • Apply appropriate data analysis methods and interpret the results from epidemiological studies.
Relevant courses:
PUBH 6247Design of Health Studies
PUBH 6249StatPackages/DataMgt&DataAnlys
PUBH 6252Advanced Epidemiology Methods
  • Interpret and critique research and best practices to inform the development of evidence-based solutions for global health challenges.
Relevant courses:
PUBH 6247Design of Health Studies
PUBH 6252Advanced Epidemiology Methods
PUBH 6411Global Health Qualitative Research Methods
PUBH 6486Global Health Programs and Approaches to the Control of Infectious Diseases
PUBH 6492Global Health Programs and Approaches to the Control of Chronic Diseases
  •  Communicate evidence on global health topics to a variety of audiences including technical experts, policymakers, lay audiences, and other relevant stakeholders.
Relevant courses:
PUBH 6014Practicum
PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
  • Work in a multidisciplinary team to identify and address the ethical issues of global health programs, policies and research.
Relevant courses:
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
PUBH 6416Ethical and Cultural Issues in Global Health Research and Programs
  • Engage with diverse individuals, organizations, and communities with respect for different values, beliefs and practices.
Relevant course:
PUBH 6416Ethical and Cultural Issues in Global Health Research and Programs
  • Analyze multilevel determinants of problems in global health that form the basis for disease control strategies and interventions.
Relevant courses:
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
PUBH 6486Global Health Programs and Approaches to the Control of Infectious Diseases
PUBH 6492Global Health Programs and Approaches to the Control of Chronic Diseases

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 6249StatPackages/DataMgt&DataAnlys
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
Electives*
Eight credits from the following:
PUBH 6563Global Child Health
PUBH 6484Prevention and Control of Vector Borne Diseases
PUBH 6487Emerging Zoonotic Diseases & Global Food Production
PUBH 6245InfectiousDisease Epidemiology
PUBH 6250Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS
PUBH 6253Issues in HIV Care & Treatment
PUBH 6240Pediatric HIV/AIDS
PUBH 6270HIV/AIDS Surveillance
PUBH 6255Org Responses to HIV/Epidemic
PUBH 6259Epid Surveillance/PublicHealth
PUBH 6244Cancer Epidemiology
PUBH 6481Global Mental Health
PUBH 6269Reproductive Epidemiology
PUBH 6262Intro-Geog Information Systems
PUBH 6480Public Health in Complex Emergencies
PUBH 6501Program Evaluation
PUBH 6132Design, Implementation and Evaluation of Global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Programs
PUBH 6242ClinicalEpid&Decision Analysis
PUBH 6243Topics:ClinicalEpi&DecAnalysis
Practicum and Culminating Experience (4 credits)
PUBH 6014Practicum
PUBH 6015Culminating Experience

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