Epidemiology Track

Recommended Prerequisites

The MPH Program faculty strongly recommends that students applying to the Epidemiology Track have a minimum of two college-level math courses at the level of algebra or above. A statistics course is acceptable for one of the math courses. Prospective Epidemiology Track students should also have at least two college-level biology courses. In addition, students not scoring in at least the 60th percentile of the quantitative section of the GRE are advised to apply to a track other than Epidemiology.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

1st Year Introduction to Public Health Practice (1 credit) Principles of Environmental Health (3 credits) Data Management with SAS (3 credits)
  Social & Behavioral Sciences (3 credits) Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits) Epidemiology Methods I (3 credits)
  Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credits) Introduction to Research Methods (3 credits)  
  Public Health Administration and Management (3 credits)    
2nd Year Epidemiology Methods II (3 credits)

Practicum (3 credits)

  Biostatistics II (3 credits) Capstone Seminar (3 credits)  
  Current Issues in Epidemiology (3 credits) Infectious & Chronic Disease (3 credits)  


Core Requirements (25 Credit Hours)

All MPH graduate students are required to take the following courses:

  • Introduction to Public Health Practice (1 credit hours)
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences for Public Health (3 credit hours)
  • Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credit hours)
  • Principles of Environmental Health Science (3 credit hours)
  • Principles of Epidemiology (3 credit hours)
  • Public Health Administration & Management (3 credit hours)
  • Introduction to Research Methods (3 credit hours)
  • Community Practicum (3 credit hours)
  • Capstone Seminar (3 credit hours)


Track Courses (18 credit hours)

Students in the Epidemiology Track are required to take the following six courses:

MPHE-624: Data Management with SAS (3 credit hours)
MPHE-702: Biostatistics II (3 credit hours)
MPHE-711: Epidemiologic Methods I (3 credit hours)
MPHE-715: Current Issues in Epidemiology (3 credit hours)
MPHE-718: Epidemiologic Methods II (3 credit hours)
MPHE-723: Infectious & Chronic Disease Epidemiology (3 credits)

Elective Courses (3 credit hours)

Advanced studies on selected topics in public health, under supervision of a faculty member. Requires approval of the Program Director. Course topics reflect professional requirements for certifications in various public health-related fields.

MPH-670: Coalitions & Partnerships In Community Health (1 credit hour)
MPH-672: Disaster Preparedness (1 credit hour)
MPH-673: GIS Mapping (1 credit hour)
MPH-674: SAS For Non-Epidemiologists (1 credit hour)
MPH-675: Social Marketing (1 credit hour)
MPH-676: Health Disparities (1 credit hour)
MPH-677: Field Epidemiology (1 credit hour)
MPH-678: Leadership Theories, Skills, & Applications (1 credit hour)
MPH-679: Global Health (1 credit hour)
MPH-680: Pediatric Health Policy and Economics (1 credit hour)
MPH-798: Research (1 credit hour)

Educational Format

The educational program includes 43 total credit hours. Classes are taught in three terms per year. Students are expected to take six credits in the summer term and nine credits in the fall and spring terms. With this schedule, the required 43 credit hours can be completed in two years. All students are paired with an Academic Advisor.

Career Opportunities

Demand is increasing for epidemiologists in public health agencies, health-care delivery systems, private research firms, pharmaceutical manufacturing companies, academic institutions and international agencies. Due to the emergence of new diseases and the complex changes taking place in health-care systems, acute shortages exist nationally and internationally for health professionals, researchers and engineers trained in public health techniques, outcomes research, disease surveillance and control, population survey methods, injury prevention, workplace health issues and technology assessment. In addition, numerous opportunities exist for practicing health professionals to enhance their skills and achieve further responsibility in their organizations by acquiring these skills.

Class Locations

Classes are held in the evenings or on Saturdays, to accommodate working professionals. Classes are taught on the campuses of Eastern Virginia Medical School and Old Dominion University, located in Norfolk, Virginia.