MPH Epidemiology


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Full-time program: All students enter in the fall each academic year to progress through their program in a cohort, completing degree requirements in five semesters (including summer).

The Master of Public Health (MPH) program with a concentration in Epidemiology (48 semester credit hours) is designed to prepare students to be effective public health practitioners by ensuring a broad array of competencies utilized in the contemporary practice of epidemiology.  By the end of the program, students will establish a strong foundation in the fundamental competencies of public health and epidemiology with specific emphasis on research methods and design, statistical analysis, epidemiological investigation, data-driven program and policy development, as well as the practical application of epidemiologic methods in resolving real-world public health issues.  Graduates of the program will find career opportunities as epidemiologists in city, state, national, and international health departments and agencies as well as hospitals and medical centers working on such areas as infection control, outbreak investigation, and disease surveillance and disaster preparedness.

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Sophia AnyatonwuSophia Anyatonwu, MPH, CPH
Hays County Health Department, Austin, TX

2017 – 2018 Curriculum (48 SCH)

MPH Core Competencies (see below) / Course Descriptions / Sequence of Coursework

Core Courses: 15 SCH
BACH 5300 Theoretical Foundations of Individual & Community Health (3 SCH)
BIOS 5300 Principles of Biostatistics (3 SCH)
EOHS 5300 Environmental Determinants of Health (3 SCH)
EPID 5300 Principles of Epidemiology (3 SCH)
HMAP 5300 Introduction to Health Management & Policy (3 SCH)

Required Courses: 30 SCH
BIOS 5310 Intermediate Biostatistics (3 SCH)
EPID 5310 Intermediate Epidemiology (3 SCH)
EPID 5312 Survey Research & Questionnaire Design (3 SCH)
EPID 5313 Introduction to Data Management and Statistical Computing (3 SCH)
EPID 5314 Applied Data Analysis in Epidemiology (3 SCH)
EPID 5318 Chronic Disease Epidemiology (3 SCH) or EPID 5319 Epidemiology of Disasters (3 SCH)
EPID 6318 Epidemiologic Surveillance (3 SCH)
EOHS 5318 Diseases from Animals to Humans (3 SCH)
EOHS 5350 Medical Toxicology: The Science of Poisons (3 SCH)
EOHS 5310 Evaluation and Control of Environmental Pathogens (3 SCH)

Practice Experience: 3 SCH
EPID 5297 Public Health Practice Experience (3 SCH)

Culminating Experience:
PHED 5000 Certified in Public Health (CPH) Comprehensive Examination (0 SCH)


The Master of Public Health degree program prepares students to address the following core competencies while advancing their knowledge of public health:

Public Health Knowledge & Skills-The MPH student will apply basic knowledge and skills of the core public health sciences that include: biostatistics, epidemiology, health management and policy, behavioral and community health, and environmental and occupational health, to the prevention of illness and injury and the promotion of population health.
Integration of Theory and Practice-The MPH student will demonstrate the effective integration of theory and practice related to public health issues that affect diverse populations, through a thesis or comprehensive examination and a practice experience.
Communication and Informatics-The MPH student will gather, organize, and manage data and information effectively to address public health issues through oral and written communications to diverse professionals and lay audiences.
Diversity and Culture-The MPH student will demonstrate the ability to interact with both diverse individuals and communities to produce or impact an intended public health outcome.
Professionalism-The MPH student will apply ethical principles to the practice of public health in a variety of settings, demonstrating personal integrity while embracing diverse communities.

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