Epidemiologists are public health professionals that focus on the causes, patterns and control of diseases and injury in populations. Epidemiology is a fundamental science of public health and is essential to the reduction of risk and the occurrence of negative health outcomes. The epidemiology curriculum provides rigorous training in the knowledge and skills for analyzing community health problems, with emphasis on how to measure and describe the health of populations.
The coming years will be a critical time for the public health and healthcare industry, and demand is increasing for epidemiologists. Epidemiologists are focusing on subjects such as substance abuse, mental health and emergency preparedness. Career opportunities include public health practice in the government, research at universities, private industries such as pharmaceutical companies and nonprofit organizations.
The educational program includes 43 total credit hours where classes are taught in three terms per year (fall, spring, summer). Full-time students can complete this program in two years. Part-time students are required to complete the degree within 6 years of their start date. All students are paired with an academic adviser.
Classes are taught online and on campus in the evenings to accommodate working professionals. There may be unforeseen circumstances such as low registration numbers and COVID-19 where residential (on campus) delivery mode sections will be moved into an online delivery mode section.
Our faculty strongly recommend 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.
Full-Time Course Sequence
|Fall Term | 10 Credits|
|MPH 600||Introduction to Public Health||1 Credit|
|MPH 611||Social and Behavioral Sciences for Public Health||3 Credits|
|MPH 612||Statistical Reasoning for Public Health||3 Credits|
|MPH 620||Public Health Administration and Management||3 Credits|
|Spring Term | 9 Credits|
|MPH 614||Principles of Epidemiology||3 Credits|
|MPH 779||Introduction to Research Methods||3 Credits|
|Summer Term | 6 Credits|
|MPH 630||Statistical Software for Public Health||3 Credits|
|MPH 711||Epidemiologic Methods I||3 Credits|
|Fall Term | 9 Credits|
|MPH 702||Biostatistics II||3 Credits|
|MPH 718||Epidemiologic Methods II||3 Credits|
|Spring Term | 9 Credits|
|MPH 613||Principles of Environmental Health Science||3 Credits|
|MPH 750||Community Practicum||3 Credits|
|*Electives - Spring|
|MPH 737||Infectious & Chronic Disease Epidemiology||3 Credits|
|MPH 632||Health Law and Ethics||3 Credits|
|MPH 626||Effective Information Technology for Health Care Organizations||3 Credits|
|MPH 627||Data Visualization||3 Credits|
|MPH 707||Survival Analysis**||3 Credits|
|*Electives - Fall|
|MPH 715||Current Issues in Epidemiology||3 Credits|
|MPH 772||International Health Exchange||3 Credits|
|MPH 690||Leadership: Theories, Skills, and Applications||3 Credits|
|MPH 727||Organizational Management||3 Credits|
|MPH 706||Categorical Data Analysis**|
** Prerequisites: MPH 612 and MPH 630
Other courses can be approved by faculty adviser
This website reflects current program information, including admissions criteria and curricula. Information is subject to change.