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) Elective (3 credits)
  Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credits) Introduction to Research Methods (3 credits)  
  Public Health Administration and Management (3 credits)    
2nd Year Epidemiology Methods I (3 credits)

Practicum (3 credits)

  Biostatistics II (3 credits) Capstone (3 credits)  
  Elective (3 credits) Epidemiology Methods II (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 (12 credit hours)

Students in the Epidemiology Track are required to take the following four 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-718: Epidemiologic Methods II (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses (6 credit hours)

MPHE-715: Current Issues in Epidemiology (3 credit hours)
MPHE-723: Infectious & Chronic Disease Epidemiology (3 credit hours)
Other elective course as approved by faculty advisor.

Educational Format

The educational program includes 43 total credit hours. Classes are taught in three Terms per year. Full-time students are expected to take six credits in the summer term and nine credits in the spring and fall terms. With this schedule, the required 43 credit hours can be completed in two years.  Part-time students are required to complete the degree within 6 years of their start date, and may take one or more courses per semester, as desired. All students are paired with an Academic Advisor.

Many MPH core courses, track courses, electives, and the culminating courses have a distance learning option.  These courses are presented in either a televised, video streamed, hybrid, or asynchronous web-based format.

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.