Epidemiology is a fundamental science of public health, defined as the study of the distribution and determinants of disease and disability in populations. Although epidemiology is historically rooted in the study of the causes of infectious diseases (epidemics), epidemiology now encompasses the study of the full gamut of conditions that impacts the health and well-being of people, families, and their communities.
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 concentration 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 concentration is offered in a traditional, in-person formator fully online as well.
MPH students in epidemiology are required to complete an applied practice experience (APE) in which they can apply the skills and methods they have learned in the program. Acceptable experiences involve working with data, such as data collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of results. Experiences may be completed at health departments, research centers, or non-profit organizations.
MPH students are also required to complete an integrated learning experience (ILE) project at the end of the program. For their ILE, epidemiology students conduct a data analysis and report the results in a manuscript format.
Graduates from the MPH in epidemiology program are equipped with epidemiology methods and statistical analysis skills that make them well prepared to work in research centers, public health agencies, industry, or non-profit organizations. Additionally, graduates are well prepared for fellowships in governmental organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and for continuing their academic path and obtaining a PhD, if they elect to do so.
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