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MPH in Epidemiology

Program Overview

Program of Study

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.

MPH: Epidemiology Program of Study

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
Core Coursework (17 credits)
BSTA 511 Estimation and Hypothesis Testing for Applied Biostatistics 4
HSMP 574 Health Systems Organization 3
PHE 512 Principles of Health Behavior 3
PHE 580 Concepts of Environmental Health 3
PHPM 512 Epidemiology 4
Program Coursework (28 credits)
BSTA 512 Linear Models 4
BSTA 513 Categorical Data Analysis 4
HSMP 573 Values & Ethics in Health 3
PHE 519 Introduction to the Etiology of Disease* 3
PHPM 513 Epidemiology II (Methods) 4
PHPM 514 Epidemiology III (Causal Inference) 4
PHPM 536 Epidemiologic Data Analysis & Interpretation 4
PHPM 566 Current Issues in Public Health 2
Elective courses from the following (9 credits)
BSTA 515 Data Management & Analysis in SAS 3
BSTA 517 Statistical Methods in Clinical Trials 3
BSTA 518 Spatial Data Analysis with GIS 3
BSTA 519 Longitudinal Data Analysis 3
PHPM 505 Reading and Conference 1-3
PHPM 540 Introduction to Research Proposal & Design 3
PHPM 556 HIV/AIDS Epidemiology 2
PHPM 568 Infectious Disease Epidemiology 2
PHPM 576 Chronic Disease Epidemiology 2
PHPM 630 Epi Journal Club 1
Other courses may be approved by the MPH Epi Program Director.*
Public Health Practicum (6 credits)
PHPM 504 Field Experience/Practicum 6
Certified in Public Health Examination (Pass/No Pass)

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