Epidemiology, M.P.H.


Admissions decisions are based on an evaluation of the applicant’s entire file in relation to the pool of applicants that year. We also evaluate whether the applicant’s needs and goals fit our department’s strengths and resources well. We review applications once a year for fall enrollment.

Applicants for graduate degree programs in Epidemiology must meet all requirements of the Graduate School for admission and the Arnold School of Public Health. All applications are submitted through SOPHAS with the following required documents:

  • Resume or CV 
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources 
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended
  • GPA 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale)
  • GRE scores are not required  
  • Personal statement describing your academic and research interests and professional goals, including how you became interested in epidemiology as a career choice. 
    • Non-US institution transcripts must be verified by World Education Services (WES) or equivalent service. Submit course-by-course evaluation (WES ICAP). 
  • For those whose native language is not English, we require either a TOEFL (minimum 80) or IELTS (minimum 7.0) score.    

Admission requirements include a four-year baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution, preferably in the arts, sciences, or medicine, and one year of college math (beyond algebra) or statistics. Prior professional work experience is considered an asset but is not a requirement.

Students admitted to the M.P.H. program who do not have academic or professional experience that provides a strong understanding of the biological basis of public health are strongly encouraged to select courses that will provide this understanding.

Degree Requirements (43 Hours)

School of Public Health Core (16 Hours)

Course Title Credits
PUBH 724Quantitative Methods for Public Health Practice I3
PUBH 725Quantitative Methods for Public Health Practice II3
PUBH 726Qualitative Methods for Public Health Practice3
PUBH 730Public Health Systems, Policy, and Leadership3
PUBH 735Practical Applications of Public Health Planning4
Total Credit Hours16

Department Core (18 Hours)

Course Title Credits
EPID 721Clinical and Population Research Protocol Development and Implementation2
EPID 722Scientific Writing and Appraisal of Epidemiologic Studies2
EPID 741Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods3
BIOS 709Basic Software for Public Health1
BIOS 719Advanced SAS Methods for Public Health1
BIOS 757Intermediate Biostatistics3
EPID 796Integrated Learning Experience3
EPID 798Epidemiology Applied Practicum3
Total Credit Hours18

Major Courses (6 Hours)

Course Title Credits
EPID 730Public Health Surveillance Systems3
EPID 788Practical Methods for Secondary Data Analysis3
Total Credit Hours6

Electives (3 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.