Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 45

Required Courses:

College Core Course
HRPR 5001Current and Emerging Issues in Public Health and Health Professions0
Public Health Core Courses
ENVH 5103Environmental Health3
EPBI 5002Biostatistics3
EPBI 5201Epidemiological Research Methods I3
HPM 5006Political and Economic Aspects of Health3
SBS 5001Fundamentals of Public Health3
SBS 5102Theoretical Foundations of Health Behavior3
Epidemiology Courses
EPBI 8012Multivariable Biostatistics3
EPBI 8202Epidemiological Research Methods II3
EPBI 8205Chronic Disease Epidemiology3
or EPBI 8206 Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Epidemiology Elective3
Select one of the following:
Environmental Epidemiology
Mental Health Epidemiology
Social Epidemiology
Public Health Data Reporting
Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS
Obesity: From Genes to Junk Food
Electives9
Choose three from the following:
Environmental Epidemiology 1
Mental Health Epidemiology 1
Seminar in Current Issues in Public Health
Social Epidemiology 1
Public Health Data Reporting 1
Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS 1
Medical Geography
Obesity: From Genes to Junk Food 1
Other elective(s) with approval
M.P.H. Fieldwork Experience
EPBI 9289MPH Fieldwork I3
EPBI 9389MPH Fieldwork II3
Total Credit Hours45

Internship: An internship is required as part of a student's M.P.H. fieldwork.

Culminating Events:
Fieldwork Practicum:
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.

For the culminating experience to fulfill the requirements of EPBI 9289 and EPBI 9389, M.P.H. in Epidemiology students 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 the basic terminology and definitions of epidemiology.
  • Calculate basic epidemiologic measures.
  • Communicate epidemiologic information to lay and professional audiences.
  • Draw appropriate inferences from epidemiologic data.
  • Evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic reports.
  • Apply basic statistical methods for summarizing public health data and for inference.
  • Apply descriptive techniques commonly used to summarize public health data.
  • Recognize concepts of probability, random variation, and commonly used statistical probability distributions.
  • Distinguish the pros and cons of existing, national, publicly available data sets and surveys.
  • Disseminate information through press releases, poster formats, and peer-reviewed manuscripts.

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.