The MPH in Epidemiology is a professional degree that prepares students to serve as epidemiologists in mid-level positions in public health research or practice settings. The program appeals to professionals currently employed in the health field and as well as those without previous training or experience in public health.
The MPH in epidemiology is highly analytical and methods-based. Students learn to apply conceptual methodology to the study of public health problems and health disparities as a means of understanding how to prevent or address them. As an MPH student in epidemiology, the knowledge base and research skills are applied within a chosen content area of current importance in the field, such as chronic or infectious disease; environmental, reproductive, molecular/cancer, or genetic epidemiology. Through coursework and other learning experiences, students gain a thorough knowledge of the sources of health data, how to collect data from original sources, how to process, analyze and effectively report findings from epidemiologic studies.
Graduates can design and carry out studies in which epidemiologic information is needed for making sound health policy decisions or for the management of research projects in both public and private agencies and institutions.
- Identify characteristics of major study designs used in epidemiologic research, including assessment of the threats to validity for each design.
- Evaluate readings from the epidemiologic literature for methodologic strengths and weaknesses, including appropriateness of the study design relative to the research question, and potential threats to the validity of study findings.
- Analyze and interpret public health and epidemiologic data, using appropriate statistical software and statistical techniques.
- Write a study protocol for a specific research question, incorporating scientific rationale, study design, and details of research methods.
Degree Program Requirements
In addition to the SPHTM academic standards, students in the MPH in Epidemiology and those taking advanced epidemiology courses must demonstrate the following standards:
- All students must complete and earn a “B” or better in Epidemiology 6030 –Epidemiology Methods I before advancing to Epidemiology 7120 Epidemiology Methods II or other advanced epidemiology courses.
- Any Epidemiology student receiving a grade of "C" in any required course (including any core course) must repeat the course.
- Epidemiology students receiving a grade of "F" in any course will be dismissed from the program, unless special extenuating circumstances can be demonstrated.
- Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required.
The MPH in Epidemiology requires 45 credits.
SPHTM Core course requirements (15 credits)
- BIOS 6030 Introduction Biostatistics (3)
- EPID 6030 Epidemiologic Methods 1 (3)
- GEHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health (3)
- GCHB 6030 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Global Health (3)
- GHSD 6030 Principles of Health Systems Administration and Management (3)
Program course requirements (14 credits)
- TRMD 6010 Biological Basis of Health and Disease* (3)
- EPID 6230 Computer Packages for Epidemiology (2)
- EPID 7120 Epidemiologic Methods II (3)
- BIOS 6040 Intermediate Biostatistics (3)
- EPID 7130 Observational Epidemiology (3)
*Required for the MPH in epidemiology. This knowledge may be demonstrated through prior coursework or passing the challenge exam for Biological Basis of Diseases.
Advanced Methods (5 or 6 credits)
- EPID 6290 Genetic Epidemiology (3)
- EPID 6340 Clinical & Translational Research Methods (3)
- EPID 6420 Clinical Epidemiology (3)
- EPID 6500 Nutritional Epidemiology (3)
- EPID 6750 Outbreak Epidemiology (3)
- EPID 7160 Survey Methodology (3)
- EPID 7170 Clinical Trials Design, Conduct and Analysis (3)
- EPID 7220 Analytic Epidemiology (3)
- EPID 7310 Meta-Analysis (3)
- EPID 7410 Pharmacoepidemiology (2)
Descriptive Epidemiology (3 credits)
- EPID 6090 Epid of Infect Diseases (3)
- EPID 6210 Cancer Epidemiology (3)
- EPID 6220 Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology (3)
- EPID 6320 Molecular Epid (3)
- EPID 6480 Reproductive Epidemiology (3)
- EPID 7210 Epidemiology of HIV/STI's (3)
- EPID 7810 Human Molecular Genetics (3)
Elective courses (7 or 8 credits)
Selected from courses offered within the department, school, or university in consultation with an academic advisor.
Practicum (SPHL 9980)
All students in the MPH in Epidemiology complete a 200 hour practicum to gain practical experience. The practicum is usually competed after core courses are completed.
Culminating Experience (SPHL 7950)
Students in the MPH in Epidemiology conduct a public health analysis.
Department Chair: Jiang He, MD, PhD
Program Director: Susan Hassig, DrPH
Department Administrator: Therese Carter
Phone: (504) 988-6809
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