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Program Overview

The MPH in Epidemiology program trains health professionals in the population perspective toward disease prevention and health care. Courses in this track emphasize the use of quantitative methods for analyzing and addressing health problems to support basic and applied research in public health and health care. The core curriculum offered to all MPH students focuses on providing epidemiological and statistical reasoning skills and competency in studying the distribution and dynamics of disease in populations, in evaluating health care programs, and in conducting clinical, behavioral, and health services research.

Core Competencies

Students graduating from this track will be able to:

  • Apply population-based concepts of epidemiology and risk determination to the assessment of health problems
  • Apply evidence-based knowledge of health determinants to public health issues
  • Apply and interpret a variety of statistical methods commonly used in medical and public health research
  • Formulate and test a researchable question
  • Identify ethical problems that arise when epidemiology is used to guide public policy decisions
  • Identify cultural dimensions of conducting research, including culturally sensitive recruitment of study participants, and develop strategies for interpretation of data in the larger cultural context
  • Assess and interpret relevant literature in the area of public health and epidemiology
  • Communicate public health principles and concepts through various strategies across multiple sectors of the community


Program Coordinator – Laura Ehrlich, M.Ed.

Program Director – Janne Boone-Heinonen, PhD


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