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The mission of the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree in epidemiology is to prepare students to apply epidemiologic skills in a practice setting. Students will learn and develop skills in planning and conducting epidemiological studies; developing and evaluating surveillance programs; developing culturally appropriate protocols for data collection; performing data analysis and presenting results orally and in writing. Upon graduation, students will be competitive for positions available at state health or governmental health departments, private industry, clinical, or university settings.
Upon completion of the M.P.H. degree program, students will have successfully mastered:
- CEPH† M.P.H. foundational public health knowledge competencies (n=12)
- The 22 CEPH M.P.H. foundational competencies (n=22)
- Epidemiology learning outcomes listed below (n=6)
- Students will evaluate a public health surveillance system, identify salient gaps, and methods to address them.
- Students will determine the appropriate study designs for a given public health problem and context.
- Students will compare and contrast the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic study designs (randomized trials and observational studies), including biases and methods to minimize bias.
- Students will formulate a research question and manage and analyze data from public health administrative or surveillance data, or electronic health data repositories.
- Students will develop appropriate data collection protocols for a given public health issue and context.
- Students will critically evaluate epidemiologic scientific literature.
† CEPH Council of Education for Public Health is the accrediting body for all schools and programs in public health.
Degree Requirements (43 Hours)
School of Public Health Core (16 Hours)
|PUBH 725||Quantitative Methods for Public Health Practice||5|
|PUBH 726||Qualitative Methods for Public Health Practice||3|
|PUBH 730||Public Health Systems, Policy, and Leadership||3|
|PUBH 735||Practical Applications of Public Health Planning||4|
|PUBH 678||Transforming Health Care for the Future||1|
|Total Credit Hours||16|
Department Core (15 Hours)
|EPID 721||Clinical and Population Research Protocol Development and Implementation||2|
|EPID 722||Scientific Writing and Appraisal of Epidemiologic Studies||2|
|EPID 741||Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods||3|
|BIOS 709||Basic Software for Public Health||1|
|BIOS 719||Advanced SAS Methods for Public Health||1|
|BIOS 757||Intermediate Biostatistics||3|
|EPID 796||Integrated Learning Experience||1|
|EPID 798||Epidemiology Applied Practicum||2|
|Total Credit Hours||15|
Major Courses (6 Hours)
|EPID 730||Public Health Surveillance Systems||3|
|EPID 788||Practical Methods for Secondary Data Analysis||3|
|Total Credit Hours||6|
Electives (6 Hours)
- Electives may be chosen from epidemiology courses or courses in the University that support the overall educational goals of the student. The Faculty Advisor must approve all elective courses.