Public Health, M.P.H.
Concentration: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
COLLEGE OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND SOCIAL WORK
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Applications can be considered after the deadline, but those that arrive
too close to the semester start to be evaluated are rolled over to
the following semester. Note: Applicants submitting
international transcripts or other materials are encouraged to apply
at least one month earlier than required deadlines in order to have
their materials reviewed in a timely manner.
APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.
Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 3
From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty members familiar with academic competence. If the applicant has been out of school for a long time, please make sure letters are from professional colleagues and that they address academic abilities, such as writing and research. Dual degree students should have two letters that speak to their interest in and aptitude for public health.
Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:
Applicants' files are reviewed for undergraduate coursework in Mathematics and/or Statistics, Social Science, and Writing.
Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:
A baccalaureate degree is required.
Statement of Goals:
The Statement of Goals should be approximately 500-1,000 words and
describe your interests in public health and Temple's program; research
goals and future career goals speaking to your interest in social and
behavioral health; and academic and research achievements. All
relevant public health experience is important to highlight. You also
may include a statement regarding exceptional circumstances related to
previous academic performance.
Standardized Test Scores:
The GRE is required. While the program takes a portfolio approach to admissions, scoring 500 or higher on both the verbal and quantitative sections of the test or a minimum total score of 1,000 is desired.
Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based.
A resume is required.
Graduate credits from an M.P.H. program accredited by the Council on
Education for Public Health (CEPH) may be transferred into the M.P.H.
The credits must be equivalent to coursework offered at Temple, and
the grade must be a "B" or better in order to transfer. The M.P.H.
advisor approves the transfer of credits based on a review of course
materials provided by the student. The maximum number of credits a
student may transfer is between 6 and 9 semester hours.
Graduates with terminal degrees from U.S. medical schools, foreign trained physicians who have obtained licensure to practice in the United States, and those with Ph.D.s may have the GRE requirement waived.
General Program Requirements:
Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond
the Baccalaureate: 45
To ensure that all M.P.H. students acquire a
common breadth of knowledge of basic public health content, the
Department of Public Health requires:
Core Public Health Courses (18 s.h.):
Biostatistics — PBHL 5002: Biostatistics
Environmental Health — PBHL 5103: Environmental Health
Epidemiology — PBHL 5101: Epidemiology
Health Services and Administration — HCM 5101: Health Systems Organization and Development
Public Health Practice — PBHL 5001: Historical and Bioethical Issues in Public Health
Social and Behavioral Sciences — PBHL 5102: Theoretical Foundations of Health Behavior
Epidemiology and Biostatistics Concentration Courses:
PBHL 5201: Epidemiological Research Methods I
PBHL 5203: Public Health Surveillance Methods
PBHL 8001: Research Design in Public Health
At least one of the following concentration electives:
PBHL 5202: Epidemiological Research Methods II
PBHL 5205: Chronic Disease Epidemiology
PBHL 5209: Occupational and Environmental Health Epidemiology
PBHL 8206: Infectious Disease Epidemiology
M.P.H. Fieldwork Practice Experience (6 s.h.):
PBHL 9289: MPH Fieldwork I
PBHL 9389: MPH Fieldwork II
Students may choose from elective courses to fulfill the remaining coursework requirement for an M.P.H. in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
Internship: An internship or other practicum experience may be selected as part of a student's M.P.H. fieldwork.
Language Examination: No language examination is required.
M.P.H. fieldwork requires a
student to synthesize and integrate the knowledge acquired in
coursework and other learning experiences and to apply theory and
principles in a situation that approximates some aspect of
professional practice through an internship or practicum experience with
a public health agency or under the supervision of a faculty
preceptor. The M.P.H. fieldwork experience serves as the culminating
event as required by the Council on Education for Public Health
(CEPH), the accrediting body of all U.S. schools of public health, for
completion of the Master of Public Health degree. In addition, this
culminating experience provides the student with the opportunity to
develop expertise in a topic area and to contribute original and
independent observations to a body of knowledge. The four options for
M.P.H. fieldwork include:
- Systematic review of the literature
- Primary collection of data or secondary analysis of data
(under the direct supervision of a Temple University faculty
- Analysis of a policy or professional practice issue
- Practice-based culminating experience report
For the culminating experience to fulfill the requirements of PBHL 9289 and PBHL 9389, M.P.H. students in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics concentration are expected to complete a fieldwork experience, which enables them to:
- Identify key sources of data for epidemiological purposes.
- Identify the principles and limitations of public health screening programs.
- Describe a public health problem in terms of magnitude, person, time, and place.
- Explain the importance of epidemiology for informing scientific, ethical, economic, and political discussion of health issues.
- Comprehend basic ethical and legal principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of epidemiologic data.
- Apply basic epidemiologic concepts, definitions, and study designs to public health practice and research.
- Calculate basic epidemiology measures.
- Communicate epidemiologic information to lay and professional audiences.
- Draw appropriate inferences from epidemiologic data.
- Evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic reports.
A final paper is the required deliverable for the M.P.H. fieldwork
requirement. Students must also demonstrate their proficiency (and the
application of theory and principles) in the paper and demonstrate
mastery of the required competencies during the oral defense. The
evaluation of the M.P.H. fieldwork practicum experience, therefore, is
integrated into the culminating experience requirement.
Program Contact Information:
Dept. of Public Health
Ritter Hall Annex, 9th Floor (004-09)
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122
M.P.H. Program Director:
Dr. Alice Hausman
About the Program
The vision of the Department of Public Health is to excel as a
regional and national leader by fostering interdisciplinary
collaboration among researchers, educators, community practitioners,
and private sector leaders. The goal is to address community health
needs in a global community to eliminate health disparities and
increase the quality and years of healthy life.
The mission of the Department of Public Health is to
promote and protect public health through quality education, research,
and service. Emphasis is on disease prevention and treatment,
empowerment, and collective as well as individual responsibility for
health and health care. Collaborative partnerships contribute to
meeting local, state, national, and global public health needs through
conducting research, training a diverse workforce, and promoting
excellence in practice.
The Public Health concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics is a terminal, professional degree for those students who desire to receive fundamental training in the public health sciences, epidemiological study design, disease surveillance, and core biostatistical methods. The practice-oriented M.P.H. in Epidemiology and Biostatistics prepares students to successfully work in public health and applied epidemiology, including disease surveillance in government public health agencies, community and clinical trials, and evaluation of screening programs and other preventative health services in the broad areas of public health practice and health policy. Conversely, the M.S. in Epidemiology currently offered by the Department of Public Health is a research degree intended for those students who desire to learn the advanced concepts and methods of epidemiology. It includes the application of biostatistics to epidemiological research, with a strong emphasis on developing research and methodological skills, including designing and critically evaluating epidemiologic studies.
Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years
The full M.P.H. program is currently available only at Main Campus.
Some required and elective courses in the M.P.H. program are offered on
satellite campuses and through online courses.
Students are able to complete the degree program through classes
offered after 4:30 p.m. and online courses. Full-time students usually complete the program within two academic years. Part-time students usually take three to four years to complete their degree.
Dept. of Public Health
Ritter Hall Annex, 9th Floor (004-09)
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Interdisciplinary coursework, research, and interactions are
encouraged to give students as broad a perspective as possible to
excel in the complex, diverse, and dynamic state of public health.
Through associations with the Center for Obesity Studies, Center for
Preparedness Research, Education and Practice (C-PREP), Center for
Women's Health, and others, students have access to over 100 faculty
at Temple University and additional regional scholars who are actively
involved in programs, research, and teaching in public health.
The Department of Public Health offers four dual degree
programs: D.O./M.P.H. with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic
Medicine, D.P.M./M.P.H. with the Temple University School of Podiatric
Medicine, M.S.W./M.P.H. with the Temple University School of Social
Work, and M.D./M.P.H. with the Temple University School of Medicine.
The M.P.H. program has research affiliations with national and
international associations such as the Association of Teachers of
Preventive Medicine (ATPM), Economic Cycle Research Institute (ECRI),
and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
(UNESCO). Locally, the program has long-standing research affiliations
with The Ford Trust, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Health Federation of
Philadelphia, Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Public Health
Management Corporation (PHMC), School District of Philadelphia, and
numerous other community health agencies.
Courses studying health care delivery in Senegal and Costa Rica have
been offered as part of the M.P.H. program of study. These courses are
offered during the Summer and are open to both undergraduate and
While M.P.H. programs are not ranked by the accrediting body, U.S. News & World Report ranked Temple's M.P.H. program in the top 20 graduate programs in community health, based on average reputation scores.
The M.P.H. is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public
Health (CEPH). Achieving accreditation in 1985, Temple's M.P.H.
program is one of the longest established accredited M.P.H. programs
in community health in the country.
Areas of Specialization:
The Department of Public Health has four transcripted concentrations in the M.P.H. degree program: Environmental Health (EH), Epidemiology and Biostatistics (EBS), Global Health (GH), and Social and Behavioral Science (SBS).
Program graduates have positions in a wide range of health-related
settings, including state and local public health departments,
community-based organizations, voluntary health agencies, health
maintenance organizations, hospitals, clinics, schools, and work
sites. Graduates are employed as HIV/AIDS coordinators, infection
control coordinators, project directors, evaluation specialists,
marketing specialists, research directors, prevention specialists,
environmental health specialists, senior health educators, and adjunct
faculty and consultants. Virtually all students are placed within 3 to
6 months of graduation.
Students who complete an M.P.H. at Temple University are eligible to
sit for the Certification in Public Health (CPH) exam and the Certified
Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.
Non-Matriculated Student Policy:
Non-matriculated students are required to speak with an advisor before registering for classes and to obtain the permission of the professor. If accepted to the program, a maximum of three courses may be applied toward the degree program. Exceptions to this policy relate to formal certificate programs.
The Graduate School awards fellowships on a competitive basis.
Applicants who wish to be considered for fellowships must apply by
January 26 or earlier for consideration for the Fall semester.
Fellowships are awarded only to students with outstanding academic
records who are admitted to Temple University for the Fall semester.
The Department Admissions Committee nominates outstanding students for
these awards, but the Graduate Board Fellowship Committee makes all
Teaching and Research Assistantships are available in
Public Health. The Graduate School website details levels of support,
benefits, and the terms and conditions of these types of graduate
student support on its Financial Assistance page. Assistantships are awarded on a semester or annual basis.
Students whose Fall applications are complete prior to or at the
application deadline are reviewed for eligibility for Teaching
Assistant (TA) positions. TAs are required to work 20 hours per week
in any combination of teaching assignments made by the department and
must meet the English Language Proficiency standards set by the
University and the College. Students who hold Teaching or Research
Assistantships are not permitted to hold other employment without the
written prior approval of their advisor, the Director of Graduate
Programs, and the Graduate School. To be considered for a Teaching or
Research Assistantship, complete an application form that is
available by request at firstname.lastname@example.org. The completed application must be returned to the Chair of the Department in which you wish to be considered.