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Department of Environmental and Public Health Sciences

Division of Public Health Sciences

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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.

Concentration Competencies

Upon completion of the MPH degree in the Epidemiology Concentration, students will be able to:

  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.