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Department of Environmental Health

Division of Public Health Sciences

Master of Public Health - Epidemiology Concentration

The epidemiology concentration provides training in the design of human population studies, clinical studies, population disease surveillance, human subject ethics, risk assessment, risk communication, basic biostatistics and data analysis. The epidemiology concentration of the MPH program prepares students to take positions as project manager, research study coordinator, or technical specialist in health related organizations, such as those with a focus on population health assessment, or research programs focusing on population factors related to health outcomes or clinical trials, in local, state or federal government, academic institutions or private enterprises.

Students enrolled in the epidemiology concentration will complete 18 semester hours in the core MPH courses, a minimum of 18 semester hours of study in approved EPI concentration courses, and a minimum of 9 semester hours in the practicum and capstone phase of study. The student can pick up any other electives offered in the department or outside in consultation with his/her Concentration Director or the MPH Program Director. The concentration director or MPH Program Director will review each students program of study and approve concentration course work.

Curriculum Guide

Students concentrating in the MPH epidemiology concentration will expand on the below listed competencies:

1. Utilize epidemiologic data and methods for outbreak investigation, infectious disease and chronic disease surveillance, determination of risk factors, disease prevention trials and evaluation of screening tests.

2. Define, calculate, and interpret measures of disease frequency and measures of association between risk factors and diseases.

3. Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate the scientific, ethical, and public health implications of epidemiology to lay and professional audiences.

4. Effectively use epidemiologic terminology and conduct basic epidemiologic analyses using multiple linear, logistic, Cox and Poisson regression.

5. Demonstrate the ability to understand epidemiologic inference in the context of causal networks and the ability to consider bias, confounding, effect modification.

6. Critically review the scientific literature, integrate the findings across studies, and make appropriate public health recommendations.

7. Design and conduct epidemiological studies to address public health priorities and advance current knowledge.

8. Recognize potential ethical and legal issues in epidemiologic studies.