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. It is also recommended that students have at least two college-level biology courses. 

Recommended Sequence of Courses

1st Year Introduction to Public Health Practice (1 credit) Principles of Environmental Health (3 credits) SAS for Data Management (3 credits)
  Social & Behavioral Sciences for Public Health (3 credits) Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits) Elective (3 credits)
  Statistical Reasoning in Public Health (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)  


Elective Courses (6 credit hours)

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

Educational Format

The educational program includes 43 total credit hours. Classes are taught in three Terms per year (fall, spring, summer). Full-time students are expected to take 6 credits in the summer term and 9 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.

Classes are held in the evenings to accommodate working professionals. Classes are taught on the campuses of Eastern Virginia Medical School or Old Dominion University, located in Norfolk, Virginia. Many of the MPH courses have a distance learning option, and 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 healthcare 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.