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Master of Public Health

Global Public Health - Epidemiology

Center for Global Health

Campus | University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

The Master of Public Health concentration in Global Public Health and Epidemiology provides students with a public health perspective of globalization and global health issues, programs and best practices; trains students to use public health methods to address global health challenges; and provides depth in the area of epidemiology, in which students learn to apply critical thinking to political, economic and ethical issues in global health​. Students will learn to identify and recommend public health field methods in the global arena and their correct application by applying the principles of epidemiology.

As part of the MPH program, students are required to complete the core program curriculum including a practicum and captsone projects. Capstone projects should incorporate applied biostatistics and a global component.


Like other MPH concentrations, applicants are required to apply for admission to the program through the online Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS). Applicants are also required to meet the minimum standards for MPH program admission. Click here to review the complete MPH admissions requirements and instructions.


MPH-Global Public Health - Epidemiology Curriculum Checksheet

Required MPH Core Credits
17 Credits
BIOS 6601
Applied Biostatistics I
3 credits
EPID 6630
3 credits
EHOH 6614
Occupational & Environmental Health
3 credits
CBHS 6610
Soc​ial & Behavioral Factors & Health
3 credits
HSMP 6601
Health Systems & Management
3 credits
PUBH 6600
Foundations in Public Health
2 credits


Required Epidemiology Courses
12 Credits
EPID 6631
Analytical Epidemiology
3 credits
BIOS 6602
Applied Biostatistics II
3 credits
BIOS 6680
SAS Database Design and Management in SAS
3 credits
EPID 6626
Research Methods in Epidemiology
3 credits


Global Epidemiology Electives Requirements
Select 3-5 credits from the Global Epidemiology options:
3-5 Credits

Global Epidemiology Options
EPID 6634
Applied Global Health Epidemiology
2 credits
EPID 6624
Public Health Surveillance
2 credits
EPID 6635
Communicable Disease Epidemiology
2 credits
 EPID 6640                                         Investigation of Disease Outbreaks
                2 credits 
EPID 6641
Foodborne & Diarrheal Disease Epidemiology
2 credits
EPID 6643
Epidemiology and Prevention of TB/HIV/STDs
2 credits
EPID 6670
Global Health and Disaster
2 credits


Required Global Public Health Courses:
7-9 Credits
​CBHS 6619
Public Health in the Global Community​
3​ credits
​EHOH 6623
Geographic Perspectives on Global Health​
​1 credit


Global Public Health Electives (in additional to the Epidemiology specific electives - may fullfill with electives from the list below)
3-5 Credits
Practice Based Learning:
4 credits
PUBH 6606                                         Practicum
2 credits
EPID 6990                                           Capstone Preparation
1 credit 


     PUBH 6991                                        Capstone Integration                                                                                 1 credit                                   

Total Program Credits
45 Credits


Global Public Health Elective Options​

Students may not use the same course to fulfill more than one requirement


 Concentration Competencies

​Competencies for Students Concentrating in Epidemiology


MPH Epidemiology Concentration (CN) Competencies


Appropriately use descriptive epidemiologic methods to describe a given condition including measures of prevalence, incidence, morbidity, mortality, demographic characteristics and risk factors. 


Select and apply appropriate quantitative and qualitative measurement and analysis methods to support research and evaluations in the core areas of public health research and practice, including: epidemiology, environmental and occupational health, community and behavioral health, and public health systems management, policy and outcomes research. 


Critically review and interpret public health and other scientific literature to identify strengths and weaknesses of individual studies, to synthesize evidence in a research area, to identify gaps in evidence and to demonstrate relevance of current knowledge to the practice of public health. 


Translate investigator ideas into answerable research questions.


Describe and select study designs, taking into account the advantages and limitations of each for addressing specific problems, as well as the practical aspects of their uses. 


Describe best practices for design of data collection forms and protocols, instrument reliability and validity, data monitoring and quality assurance, and data archiving for analysis and use of data by other investigators. 


Use computer software for data entry, database management, and summarizing, analyzing and displaying data. 


Apply and interpret the concepts of effect modification and interaction. 


Interpret statistical results in order to make appropriate inferences.


Evaluate threats to internal validity and when critically evaluating strength of evidence.  

Additional Competencies for Students Concentrating in Global Public Health - Epidemiology


MPH Global Health Plus Concentration (CN) Competencies


Describe and analyze the determinants and the globalization of health as well as the health status of a given jurisdiction using credible data sources.


Describe contemporary and historic global health issues, programs, best practices and players.


Apply critical thinking to the political, economic and ethical issues in global health.


Identify and recommend public health field methods in the global arena and their correct application.

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