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. 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 on the campuses of EVMS or ODU to accommodate working professionals. Online options are presented either in an asynchronous web-based or live video-streamed format.

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 Semester | 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
MPHE 615 Public Health Administration and Management  3 Credits 
Spring Semester | 9 Credits  
MPH 613  Principles of Environmental Health Science   3 Credits
MPH 614 Principles of Epidemiology  3 Credits 
MPH 779 Introduction to Research Methods  3 Credits
Summer Semester | 6 Credits  
MPH 630 Statistical Software for Public Health  3 Credits
  Elective*  3 Credits

Year 2

Fall Semester | 9 Credits  
MPHE 711 Epidemiologic Methods I  3 Credits
MPHE 702 Biostatistics II  3 Credits
  Elective*   3 Credits
Spring Semester | 9 Credits
MPH 750 Community Practicum  3 Credits
MPH 770 Capstone Seminar  3 Credits
MPHE 718 Epidemiologic Methods II  3 Credits
MPHE 715 Current Issues in Epidemiology  3 Credits
MPHE 737 Infectious & Chronic Disease Epidemiology  3 Credits
*Other courses approved by faculty adviser

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