The program leading to an MPH degree in epidemiology provides theoretical and practical training applicable to a variety of public health problems. Seven specializations are offered by the program. Each specialization is designed to meet a particular professional need.
Program Educational Effectiveness Indicators
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||Written report of applied research
||Evaluation of writing skills
||Integration and application of skills learned in courses
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||Suggestions by the students to improve delivery of course material and the design of the course itself
The MPH in Epidemiology is designed for persons interested in a career studying the relationship of risk factors to a variety of disease outcomes (e.g., the effect of nutrients, inactivity, stress, high blood pressure, environmental exposure, obesity, or immunologic characteristics on heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, longevity, infectious diseases, reproductive outcome, etc.).
Upon completion of this degree, the graduate should be able to:
- Conduct high-quality epidemiologic research—including appropriate design, statistical analysis of data, and interpretation and reporting of results.
- Conduct and evaluate clinical trials.
- Conduct disease surveillance as practiced in state and county health departments.
- Critically review the literature and identify strengths and weaknesses of design, analyses, and conclusions.
- Evaluate the effects of potential confounding and interaction in a research design.
- Apply knowledge of disease mechanisms and information from the biological disciplines to interpretation of statistical findings in biomedical research.
- Collaborate with or serve as a research consultant to health professionals by providing technical expertise with regard to literature review, study design, data analysis, and interpretation and reporting of results.
- College algebra or equivalent (calculus preferred)
- Behavioral science
- At least four of the following courses:
- #Human anatomy
- Cancer biology
- #Human physiology
- Vertebrate anatomy
- Cell biology
- Anatomy and physiology
- Molecular biology
- General biology
- #recommended courses
(A limited number of the above courses may be taken during first two quarters of program, in addition to units required for degree)
Public health core courses (29 units)
- ENVH 509 Principles of Environmental Health (3)
- EPDM 509 Principles of Epidemiology I (3)
- HADM 509 Principles of Health Policy and Management (3)
- HPRO 509 Principles of Health Behavior (3)
- ±RELE 534 Ethical Issues in Public Health (3)
- PHCJ 605 Overview of Public Health (1)
- STAT 521 Biostatistics I (4)
- HPRO 536 Program Planning & Evaluation (2)
- GLBH 524 Issues in Health Disparities and Cultural Competencies (2)
- NUTR 509 Public Health Nutrition (3)
- PHCJ 675 Integrated Public Health/Capstone (2)
Epidemiology core courses
specialization II: 33 units
- EPDM 510 Principles of Epidemiology II (3)
- EPDM 512 Multivariate Modeling in Epidemiology (3)
- STAT 522 Biostatistics II (4)
- STAT 548 Analytical Applications of SAS (2)
- STAT 564 Survey and Advanced Research Methods (3)
- 1EPDM 555 Epidemiologic Methods in Outcomes Research and Continuous Quality Control (3)
- 2EPDM 565 Epidemiology of Cancer (3)
- 2EPDM 566 Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Disease (3)
- STAT 515 Grant and Contract Proposal Writing (3)
- STAT 557 Research-Data Management (3)
- EPDM/STAT Electives (6)
General electives (2 units)
Electives must be chosen in consultation with the academic adviser.
Research project and field practicum
EPDM 699 Applied Research (2)
EPDM 798 Field Practicum (2 units; 240 hours)
MINIMUM UNITS REQUIRED = 68
1, 2 one course of each number required
± refer to section V of this CATALOG for other religion courses descriptions
Research and forums
Students are required to attend a minimum of twenty (20) forums in the School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and/or Center for Health Research during their program. Attendance at these forums will be in addition to attendance at the public health seminars.
In order to obtain a degree, the student is required to successfully complete the culminating activity as required by the School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
The culminating activity consists of: research including a written report and oral presentation, professional portfolio (upon completion of the research), and an exit interview with the department chair (at the conclusion of the program).