The combined concentration of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Department of Global Health proposes an M.P.H. combined concentration combining the existing concentrations of Global Communicable Disease and Epidemiology. This combined concentration program is a professional degree, intended for individuals who wish to obtain a solid understanding of public health epidemiological practices, principles and applications, with an emphasis in global communicable disease issues, policies and programs. M.P.H. combined concentration graduates will be prepared for positions in private agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international, federal and state health agencies that participate in the study of the spread and control of communicable diseases as well as policy and practice involved with the global aspects of epidemiologic issues.
As we face complex issues caused by rapid climate change, population growth, and highly mobile societies, outbreaks of communicable diseases, resulting in morbidity and mortality are an expanding threat to populations worldwide. Graduates from this combined concentration will have the tools to address epidemiologic spread of disease as well as the variety, frequency and location of vector borne and other communicable diseases. This combined program will provide graduates with the skills needed to function effectively in international as well as national and local public health arenas with knowledge of the global impact of communicable disease through epidemiological surveillance, and prevention programs to serve at risk populations.
In addition to the overall Master of Public Health degree competencies, Epidemiology and Communicable Disease dual concentration graduates will be able to meet the competencies from both the Epidemiology M.P.H. and the Global Health Communicable Disease M.P.H..