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.

Career Opportunities

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.  

Educational Format

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.

Recommended Prerequisites 

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

Year 1

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
  Elective* 3 Credits
Summer Term | 6 Credits  
MPH 630 Statistical Software for Public Health  3 Credits
MPH 711  Epidemiologic Methods I  3 Credits

Year 2

Fall Term | 9 Credits  
MPH 702 Biostatistics II  3 Credits
MPH 718 Epidemiologic Methods II 3 Credits
  Elective*   3 Credits
Spring Term | 9 Credits
MPH 613  Principles of Environmental Health Science  3 Credits
MPH 750 Community Practicum 3 Credits
  Elective*  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 Visualizaion  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
*Other courses approved by faculty adviser

This website reflects current program information, including admissions criteria and curricula. Information is subject to change.