Global Epidemiology MPH
74 Unit Program 2010 -2011
Global epidemiology is a specialization jointly administered by the Global Health and
Epidemiology Departments. Global epidemiology training involves coursework, practicum,
fieldwork, and research that focus on population-based studies of hard-to-access, vulnerable
populations in global community health and development settings. Global epidemiology
training recognizes that epidemiologic studies of these populations are often outside the
context of etiologic modeling and disease surveillance, and instead involve baseline survey
assessments needed to identify key variables for program planning, health policy resource
allocation, health education, and disaster preparedness. The global epidemiology major will
complete the same formal training in epidemiologic methods as other epidemiology majors but
will add to these skills an additional specialization in qualitative research methods, alternative
sampling strategies, alternative survey design approaches, and spatial data analysis.
The program is best suited to students who meet the admissions requirements of epidemiology
and global health departments and have a specific interest in conducting epidemiologic studies
in global and community settings. In addition, this specialization will be appropriate for
students from diverse cultural backgrounds, with a keen interest in working in careers that
serve the research and program planning needs of their communities.
To train global public health professionals:
- Capable of planning, designing, and implementing epidemiologic studies that serve research and program planning needs in global and community settings.
- Capable of planning, designing, and implementing a "mixed methods" (quantitative and qualitative components) study that serves research and program planning needs in global and community settings.
- Capable of analyzing and interpreting data from a wide range of methodologies quantitative, qualitative, GIS) to serve research, program planning, and health policy initiatives in global and community settings.
- Capable of incorporating the knowledge base (i.e. primary health care, health disparities, Millennium Development Goals, culture/behavior-social context of health, child health and survival, public health systems and government, micro-enterprise/poverty alleviation/ social economics, complex health emergencies and preparedness, nutrition and food security, health education, injury/violence prevention and control), skills, and worldview of global health training into their planning, design,and implementation of epidemiologic studies.
- Capable of writing grant proposals to fund global epidemiology and global health research and programs.
Specialization Learner Outcomes
At the end of this specialized training graduates should be able to:
- Conduct epidemiologic research in global and community settings that includes the appropriate design of studies, analysis of data, and interpretation/reporting of results.
- Conduct surveillance studies in community and global settings.
- Critically review studies in etiologic research, international health programming, and health policy in order to identify strengths and weaknesses of design, analyses, and conclusions.
- Evaluate the effects of confounding and interaction in a population based research design.
- Apply knowledge of disease mechanisms and information from the biological disciplines to the interpretation of statistical findings in biomedical research.
- Apply the knowledge base of global health (i.e. primary health care, health disparities, Millennium development goals, culture/behavior-social context of health, child health and survival, public health systems and government, micro-enterprise/poverty alleviation/social economics, complex health emergencies and preparedness, nutrition and food security, health education, injury/violence prevention and control) to their interpretation of quantitative and qualitative data from community and global settings.
After a first year of intensive coursework on the core knowledge and skills of global health and epidemiology, the Global Epidemiology major will be engaged in a summer of development and research activities and practice in community and global settings. The second years provides an opportunity to complete public health core and, additionally, further explore electives in areas of interest (infectious disease, maternal and child health, tobacco control, chronic disease) identified during coursework, field practice, and research.
Courses required for the Epidemiology specialization include the following.
Anatomy and Physiology; Microbiology
College Algebra (Calculus Preferred)
Public Health Core Courses (27 units)
- ENVH 509 Principles of Environmental Health^ (3)
- EPDM 509 Principles of Epidemiology^ (3)
- GLBH 524 Cultural Competence and Health Disparities (2)
- HADM 509 Principles of Health Policy and Management (3)
- HPRO 509 Principles of Health Behavior (3)
- NUTR 509 Public Health Nutrition and Biology^ (3)
- PHCJ 605 Overview of Public Health (1)
- PHCJ 675 Integrated Public Health Capstone (2)
- RELE 534 Ethical Issues in Public Health (3)
- STAT 521 Biostatistics I (Substitution for STAT 509) (4)
Global Health Core Courses (23 units)
- GLBH 564 Fundamentals of Community Health & Development I (2)
- GLBH 566 Fundamentals of Community Health & Development II (2)
- GLBH 568 Fundamentals of Community Health & Development III (2)
- GLBH 565 Interventions in Community Health & Development I (3)
- GLBH 567 Interventions in Community Health & Development II (3)
- GLBH 569 Interventions in Community Health & Development III (3)
- GLBH 545 Integrated Community Development (4)
- GLBH 605 Seminar in Global Health/Development (1)
- STAT 515 Grant and Contract Proposal Writing (3)
Global Epidemiology Specialization (16 Units)
- EPDM 510 Principles of Epidemiology II (3)
- EPDM 512 Multivariate Modeling in Epidemiology (1 unit req) # (1)
- EPDM 568 International Epidemiology (2)
- EPDM 699 Applied Research (2)
- GLBH 699 Applied Research (2)
- STAT 522 Biostatistics II (4)
- STAT 548 Analytical Application of SAS (2)
Global Epidemiology Electives (8 units)
- Elective in Descriptive Epidemiology* (3)
- Elective in Global Epidemiology** (5)
Total: 74 Units
Other Program Requirements
Global Health Field Practicum
Field Practicum Report
Global Health Council (optional)
Additional Program Requirements
- Complete 10 Public Health Seminars during your course work
- Complete 10 Epidemiology Department Forums during your course work
- Complete Culminating Experience
Approved Electives: [8 units]
The following is the list of approved global epidemiology electives. Any other elective must first
be approved by the advisor and chair prior to enrolling in the course or completing an
academic variance. Generally substitutions of electives outside of this listing of recommended
electives will not be approved. The student is responsible to fit one elective course within their
*Electives in Descriptive Epidemiology (Choose 3 units):
EPDM/GLBH 544 Epidemiology of Infectious Disease
EPDM 534 Epidemiology of Maternal and Child Health
GLBH 561-562 Epidemiology of Tobacco Use and Control I & II
EPDM 566 Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Disease
EPDM 565 Epidemiology of Cancer
NUTR 543 Nutritional Epidemiology
EPDM 588 Environmental Epidemiology
**Recommended Electives in Global Epidemiology (Choose 5 units):
HPRO 589 Qualitative Research Methods
GIS Course (ENVH 524 or ENVH 522)
EPDM 512 for 3 units instead of 1 unit
^ Students starting during Spring and Summer quarters are strongly encouraged to take these
# The other 2 units can be taken as part of the 3 units of electives.