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Epidemiology

Master of Public Health (MPH)

The Department of Epidemiology co-sponsors two areas of concentration in the school-wide master of public health degree program for public health professionals interested in developing quantitative and analytical skills in epidemiology. 

In conjunction with the Department of Biostatistics, the Department of Epidemiology supports the MPH Concentration in Epidemiological & Biostatistics Methods for Public Health and Clinical Research. This is intended for public health professionals interested in developing quantitative and analytical skills in epidemiology and biostatistics.  

The course of study is designed for students with quantitative backgrounds who are seeking to gain additional skills in epidemiologic study design and statistical data analysis. The goal of this concentration is to prepare students to participate in the design, conduct and analysis of research studies in public health and to translate epidemiologic concepts into practice. This concentration is best suited for students who have already worked in a particular substantive area and have identified specific research questions. Students are required to complete a four-term sequence in both epidemiology and biostatistics. Several other courses are recommended depending on the student's interests and research needs in specific areas, such as meta-analysis, health survey methods, clinical trials, study design and grant proposal development, survival analysis, data management, and other special topics.

Students are required to complete a four-term sequence in both epidemiology and biostatistics. Several other courses are recommended depending on the student's interests and research needs in specific areas, such as meta-analysis, health survey methods, clinical trials, study design and grant proposal development, survival analysis, data management, and other special topics.

In conjunction with the Departments of International Health and Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, the Department of Epidemiology support the MPH Concentration in Infectious Diseases. This concentration provides students with competencies in multiple disciplines including epidemiology, immunology, microbiology, parasitology and vector-borne diseases to address critical problems in the control and prevention of infectious diseases. 

Students who complete the concentration will gain special expertise in the pathogenesis, epidemiology and control of infectious diseases appropriate for careers within state health departments, federal agencies conducting research in the pathogenesis, epidemiology and control of infectious diseases or the pharmaceutical industry. Students will be exposed to the fundamental concepts underlying the epidemiology and control of a number of infectious diseases affecting global health. Students take courses in each of the following five areas:  Epidemiology, Microbiology, Parasitology and Tropical Diseases, Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases, and Immunology.