In the Master of Public Health in Epidemiology program in the College of Public Health at Temple, students explore the causes, patterns and control of diseases and other human health factors. They also research defined populations and their health challenges while learning to design studies, examine the bioethics of human research, grasp the core methods of biostatistics and survey health problems. This degree is grounded in the core MPH competencies and disciplines of public health with an emphasis on epidemiologic techniques.
Interdisciplinary coursework is encouraged—students may take courses in other departments within the College of Public Health to supplement the Epidemiology MPH. Students and faculty members partner with research hubs such as the Center for Obesity Research and Education and the Center for Women’s Health, as well as community health agencies in Philadelphia like the Food Trust and Fox Chase Cancer Center. As a student in the program, you will gain hands-on experience during two semesters of field placement, choosing from more than 175 fieldwork opportunities and community partnerships in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties.
The program also offers a flexible curriculum: You may choose to study full time to complete the Epidemiology MPH in two years or part time to finish it in four years. The Epidemiology MPH is one of five MPH programs in the College of Public Health.
MPH vs. MS
The Epidemiology MPH is fieldwork-oriented—students focus on developing advanced skills as a public health practitioner. The Epidemiology MS is research-based—students produce publication-quality theses in their areas of interest.
Classes & Curriculum
Take core and elective coursework in Public Health and Epidemiology before diving into the program’s fieldwork component. Your electives will allow you to specialize in particular interests with courses like
- Chronic Disease Epidemiology,
- Infectious Disease Epidemiology and
- Social Epidemiology.