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MPH in Epidemiology

Program Overview

Core Competencies


The MPH in Epidemiology program trains students to work to reduce disease risk and promote health by discovering and understanding the causes, prevention and control of adverse health outcomes in populations. Epidemiologists are often employed by local, state and federal government agencies, non-profit public health organizations, research institutes and post-secondary institutions. Graduates direct studies and analyze data as well as communicate findings to the public and policy makers.

An accurate and current example of the Program of Study can be viewed in the relevant Student Handbook.

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.
  • Propose and test a research hypothesis.
  • Identify ethical principles problems that arise in public health policy decisions.
  • Apply knowledge of cultural dimensions in conducting research, including culturally sensitive recruitment of study participants, and develop strategies for interpretation of data in the larger cultural context.
  • Integrate and apply relevant literature in epidemiology to public health issues and policy.
  • Communicate public health principles and concepts through various strategies across multiple sectors of the community.

Application questions – Josh Hodsden, MBA

Registration questions – Laura Ehrlich, M.Ed.

Program Director – Janne Boone-Heinonen, PhD