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The University of South Florida’s epidemiology degree programs are dedicated to teaching students the vital skills they need in order to become quality, experienced, and passionate epidemiologists. Students of the epidemiology discipline will focus on the distribution of risk factors, disease or other health related conditions. Epidemiology serves a central role in utilizing statistical analysis to determine the relationship between causal and protective factors with disease. The ultimate goal of these efforts is to identify and evaluate effective prevention and treatment measures for patients. The epidemiology online degree programs at USF were designed especially for students who are passionate about becoming an epidemiologist, but are unable to attend on-campus programs.

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In order to meet the needs of students who desire an MPH in epidemiology but are unable to attend the on-campus program, USF is offering an Online MPH program in epidemiology . This program is ideal for students who live at a geographical distance from USF, are working full time, or need a flexible class schedule. The degree is offered through the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and provides the same level of quality education as in the traditional on–campus program. With 17 full-time faculty members, more than 190 degree and certificate students, a new online master’s degree, and two new graduate certificate programs, it is one of the College’s fastest-growing departments. We welcome students from Florida, other states, and other countries to attend our program. Special online tuition rates may apply for non-Florida residents.

Students can complete all degree requirements for a master of public health in epidemiology within 2 to 2-1/2 years. All classes are available on-line, many of which are asynchronous, and students can watch lectures and engage in classroom activities with greater time flexibility. Those in which students are expected to attend scheduled lectures and other events, are offered to students through a variety of online platforms.

Using multimedia, web-based technologies for instruction, the online epidemiology concentration incorporates the Internet, streaming media, web-based tutorials, and other digital learning resources. Students engage with peers and faculty through e-mail, web conferencing, discussion forums, and virtual chat features. Students will be assigned to a faculty advisor who will meet with them by phone, Skype, e-mail or other appropriate method at least every semester. One advantage of the online format is that students have the opportunity to engage with students from a wide variety of backgrounds and nationalities.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Areas Can You Work in With a Graduate Degree in Epidemiology 

    Epidemiologists can work in a large variety of areas. Some of the more common areas include: perinatal epidemiology; reproductive health; cancer; cardiovascular disease; dementia and Alzheimer’s disease; genetic epidemiology; injury and violence; infectious disease; mental health; and many more. Epidemiologists work in a number of agencies and other work environments. Examples include:

    • conducting research studies identifying risk factors for disease;
    • participating in the design and analysis of clinical trials;
    • working in a government agency, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of health (NIH)
    • working in non-profit organizations, both nationally and internationally;
    • working as a member of a research team in medical or other health organizations;
    • providing expert testimony in legal proceedings;
    • working as a member of local or state health departments;
    • academic positions, and so many more…
  • What Academic Programs are Available in Epidemiology

    We offer a Masters in Public Health (MPH), a Masters of Science in Public Health (MSPH) and a doctoral (PhD) program in epidemiology. There are two primary options in the epidemiology MPH program. Students can choose to attend the traditional on campus program, with a mix of in-class and on-line offerings, or students may elect our new innovative fully on-line program . In addition to classroom work, you will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience through a number of mechanisms: a special project applying the skills to an epidemiological problem and a field experience in which students work as interns in health agencies or other locations. Students may choose a field experience site within the United States, or they may opt to visit an international destination. On-line students may elect a filed experience in their local area.
  • What Type of Background Should an Epidemiology Student Have?

    Your undergraduate academic degree will ideally be in one of the sciences, math, or in a health related field. In general, students should have some background in college algebra. For students with a different background, there are courses that they can take to gain these competencies. Being able to communicate well, both orally and in writing, is an important skill. Epidemiology involves abstract thinking so a curiosity about how things fit together is also a great skill.
  • What Type of Salary Can I Expect?

    This will depend on several variables, including how much experience you have and where you choose to work. According to the 2012 US Bureau of labor statistics, the median pay for a Master’s degree in epidemiology is $63,010 per year, with a faster than average increase in the number of jobs available.
  • Contact Information

    To learn more about the Online MPH in Epidemiology, please contact an Academic Advisor at (813) 974-6505 or