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.
In addition to the SPHTM academic standards, students in the MPH in Epidemiology and those taking advanced epidemiology courses must demonstrate the following standards:
The MPH in Epidemiology requires 45 credits.
SPHTM Core course requirements (15 credits)
Program course requirements (14 credits)
*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)
Descriptive Epidemiology (3 credits)
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.
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