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MPH in Epidemiology

The MPH in Epidemiology is a professional degree that prepares students to serve as epidemiologists in mid-level positions in public health research or practice settings. This appeals to professionals working in the health field as well as those without previous training or experience in public health.

Students learn to apply conceptual methodology to the study of public health problems and health disparities in order to understand how to prevent or address these issues. MPH students in epidemiology apply a learned knowledge base and research skills within a chosen content area of current significance in the field, such as chronic or infectious disease; environmental, reproductive, molecular/cancer, or genetic epidemiology.  Through coursework and other learning experiences, students gain a thorough knowledge of the sources of health data, how to collect data from original sources, how to process, analyze and effectively report findings from epidemiologic studies.

Program Competencies
  • Identify characteristics of major study designs used in epidemiologic research, including assessment of the threats to validity for each design.
  • Evaluate readings from the epidemiologic literature for methodologic strengths and weaknesses, including appropriateness of the study design relative to the research question, and potential threats to the validity of study findings.
  • Analyze and interpret public health and epidemiologic data, using appropriate statistical software and statistical techniques.
  • Write a study protocol for a specific research question, incorporating scientific rationale, study design, and details of research methods.
Admission Requirements

Students applying to master's programs at SPHTM must meet the school's general admission requirements and submit materials per the application requirements.

Degree Program Requirements

In addition to the SPHTM academic standards, students in the MPH in Epidemiology must meet the following standards:

  • Earn a “B” or better in Epidemiology 6030 –Epidemiology Methods I before advancing to Epidemiology 7120 – Epidemiology Methods II.
  • Repeat any required course (including core courses outside the department) in which the student received a grade of "C".
  • Students who receive a grade of "F" in any course will not be allowed to continue in the MPH in Epidemiology special extenuating circumstances can be demonstrated.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required.

The MPH in Epidemiology requires 45 credits.

 SPHTM Core course requirements (15 credits)

  • BIOS 6030 Introduction to Biostatistics (3)
  • EPID 6030 Epidemiologic Methods I (3)
  • GEHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health (3)
  • GCHB 6030 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Global Health (3)
  • GHSD 6030 Principles of Health Systems Administration and Management (3)

Program course requirements (22 or 23 credits)

  • TRMD 6010 Biological Basis of Health and Disease* (3)
  • EPID 6230 Computer Packages for Epidemiology (2)
  • EPID 7120 Epidemiologic Methods II (3)
  • BIOS 6040 Intermediate Biostatistics (3)
  • EPID 7130 Observational Epidemiology (3)

*Required for the MPH in epidemiology. This knowledge may be demonstrated through prior coursework or passing the challenge exam for Biological Basis of Diseases.

Advanced Methods (5 or 6 credits)

  • EPID 6290 Genetic Epidemiology (3)
  • EPID 6340 Clinical & Translational Research Methods (3)
  • EPID 6420 Clinical Epidemiology (3)
  • EPID 6500 Nutritional Epidemiology (3)
  • EPID 6750 Outbreak Epidemiology (3)
  • EPID 7160 Survey Methodology (3)
  • EPID 7170 Clinical Trials Design, Conduct and Analysis (3)
  • EPID 7220 Analytic Epidemiology (3)
  • EPID 7310 Meta-Analysis (3)
  • EPID 7410 Pharmacoepidemiology (2)


Descriptive Epidemiology (3 credits)

  • EPID 6090 Epid of Infect Diseases (3)
  • EPID 6210 Cancer Epidemiology (3)
  • EPID 6220 Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology (3)
  • EPID 6320 Molecular Epid (3)             
  • EPID 6480 Reproductive Epidemiology (3)
  • EPID 7210 Epidemiology of HIV/STI's (3)
  • EPID 7810 Human Molecular Genetics (3)

Elective courses (7 or 8 credits)

Selected from courses offered within the department, school, or university in consultation with an academic advisor.

Practicum (SPHL 9980)

​​All students in the MPH in Epidemiology complete a 200 hour practicum to gain practical experience. The practicum is usually competed after core courses are completed.

Culminating Experience (SPHL 7950)

Students in the MPH in Epidemiology conduct a public health analysis. 

Contact Us

Department Chair: Jiang He, MD, PhD

Program Director: Susan Hassig, DrPH

Department Administrator: Therese Carter


Phone: (504) 988-6809

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