The Epidemiology concentration is a professional degree, intended for individuals who wish to obtain a broad understanding of public health, with an emphasis on epidemiologic principles and methods. The knowledge and skills obtained through the program will enable graduates to characterize the health status of communities, critically evaluate research on determinants of health-related events, formulate strategies to evaluate the impact of health related interventions and foster the application of epidemiologic methods for health promotion/disease prevention activities at the community level.
The Epidemiology concentration is offered in an on-line and traditional on-campus format. The online courses are delivered using multimedia web-based technologies which include the Internet, videotape, streaming media, web-based tutorials, etc. Faculty who teach the online courses utilize email, web conferencing, discussion forums and virtual chat features to enhance instruction. Students can complete almost all degree requirements for the online M.P.H. with minimal on-campus requirements of no more than one calendar week. The time required to complete the M.P.H. in Epidemiology program ranges from approximately 2.0 to 2.5 years, depending on time of entry into the program, course sequence and availability, as well as student circumstances and academic status.
In addition to meeting the admission requirements for the Master of Public Health degree, applicants should also meet these concentration prerequisites:
- Suggested undergraduate majors: Public health, social sciences, natural sciences, biology, nursing, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacology, gerontology, allied health professions, environmental health, management information systems, mathematics, statistics, computer sciences.
- Suggested undergraduate courses: College algebra, basic computer skills (e.g. operating system, internet, word processing, spread sheet), human structure and function, human health biology. Calculus is recommended.
- Work experience: Prior work experience is preferred, but not required.
- For admission requirements see the M.P.H. Degree page.
- Other criteria: Academic background, goal statement, student's academic interests, references and availability of faculty and facility resources are also considered as part of the entrance evaluation.