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Master of Public Health

Global Public Health - Epidemiology

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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.


 Program Details



The Department of Epidemiology evaluates each applicants’ readiness for, and likelihood of success in, the MPH Global Health Epidemiology degree program by considering the following factors: academic performance, previous public-health related experience, a statement of interest in a public health career, and letters of recommendation from appropriate sources.

In order to de​monstrate analytic/quantitative abilities, applicants should present at least one of the following:


An academic background in health, public health, or natural sciences, with a math/science GPA of 3.0 or better. Previous coursework in chemistry, biology, statistics, or math is strongly recommended


​GR​E or MCAT scores


​Written product from a professional experience demonstrating analytic/quantitative skill


​Letter(s) of recommendation that give specific examples of the applicant's analytic/quantitative abilities

In addition, al​l international applicants should have TOEFL scores of 75 or better, or an IELTS score of 6.5 or better.

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. ​​​​​​​



Course ID Course Name ​Credits
Required MPH Core Courses 21​
BIOS 6601
Applied Biostatistics I 3
​EPID ​6630 ​Epidemiology ​3
​EHOH 6614 ​Occupational & Environmental Health ​3
​CBHS 6610 ​Social & Behavioral Factors & Health ​3
HSMP 6601 Health Systems Management Policy ​3
​PUBH 6600 ​Foundations in Public Health ​2
​PUBH 6606 ​Practicum ​2
​EPID 6990 ​Capstone Preparation ​1
​PUBH 6991 ​Capstone Integration ​1
​Required Concentration Courses 12​
​EPID 6631 ​Analytical Epidemiology ​3
BIOS 6602
​Applied Biostatistics II
BIOS 6680
​SAS Database Design and Management ​3
​EPID 6626 ​Research Methods in Epidemiology
Required Global Public Health Courses ​ ​4
​CBHS 6619 Public Health in the Global Community​ ​3
​EHOH 6623 ​Geographic Perspectives on Global Health ​1
Epidemiology ​Global Public Health Electives ​3-5**
​EPID 6622 Cancer Prevention and Control​ ​2
​EPID 6628 ​Global Health and Disaster ​2
​EPID 6634 ​Applied Global Health Epidemiology ​2
​EPID 6635 ​Infectious Disease Epidemiology ​2
​EPID 6636 ​Chronic Disease Epidemiology ​3
​EPID 6640 ​Investigation of Disease Outbreaks ​2
​EPID 6641 ​Foodborne & Diarrheal Disease Epidemiology ​2
​EPID 6643 ​Epidemiology and Prevention of TB/HIV/STDs ​2
​EPID 6644 ​Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology ​3
​EPID 6647 ​Global Health in the Heart of India ​3
​EPID 6649 ​Vaccine Science, Application and Policy ​2
Global Public​ ​Health Electives ​3-5**
​CBHS 6622 ​Qualitative Research Methods ​3
​CBHS 6628 ​Technology-based Health Promotion ​3
​CBHS 6629 ​Health and Human Rights ​3
​CBHS 6632 ​Public Health in the Caribbean and Latin America ​3
​CBHS 6633 ​Intensive Study of Public Health Services in Cuba ​3
​EHOH 6621 ​GIS for Public Health Research and Practice ​3
​EHOH 6624 ​Infectious Disease, Environmental Contexts ​3
​EHOH 6625 ​International Disasters & Global Humanitarianism ​3
​EHOH 6627 ​Water Quality and Public Health ​3
​EHOH 6641 ​Critical Policies in Global Health Engagement ​3
​EHOH 6642 ​International Disaster Psychology ​3
​HSMP 6602 ​Health Equity ​3
​HSMP 6608 ​Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare ​2
​HSMP 6615 ​Global Health Policy Issues ​2
​HSMP 6618 ​Comparative Health Systems ​2
​CSU Courses Available as Global Public Health Electives​ ​
​ANTP 5200 ​Women, Health, and Culture ​3
​ANTP 5320 ​The Culture of Disaster ​3
​ANTP 5400 ​Medical Anthropology ​3
​ANTP 5450 ​Global Mental Health: Theory and Method ​3
​ANTP 5470 ​Mind, Medicine and Culture ​2
​ANTP 5710*** ​Anthroplogy and Global Health ​2
​IEOO 6790 ​Applications of International Development ​3
​PSCY 5150 ​Women's Health ​3
​FSHN 5000 ​Food Systems, Nutrition, and Food Safety ​3
​FSHN 6610 ​International Nutrition ​2
​VSCS 5330 ​Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases and Zoonoses ​3
​Total 45
** A total of 8 credits is required from these two lists.
*** ANTP 5710 can be taken istead of CBHS 6619.


Competencies for Students Concentrating in Epidemiology


MPH Epidemiology Concentration (EPID) Competencies

MPH-EPI​​D​​ 1​​

Compare and prioritize public health issues within and across populations, using epidemiologic methods including measures of prevalence, incidence, mor​bidity, mortality, demographic characteristics and risk factors.


Critically review and evaluate public health and other scientific literature to identify threats to internal validity, strengths and weaknesses of individual studies, and assess for overall strength of evidence.


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. 


Design studies to address public health topics, taking into account the strengths, limitations, and feasibility of study designs for addressing specific topics, 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, confounding, and bias in research design and analysis approaches.

Additional Competencies for Students Concentrating in Global Public Health


MPH Global Health Concentration (GLH) Competencies


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


Critically analyze the political, economic, and ethical issues relevant to methods and contemporary issues in global health.


Recommend data collection methods in a global context, taking into account unique resources and cultural aspects of the geographic setting.


Apply concepts of global burden of disease, especially disability-adjusted life years, across national and international settings to address health challenges.


Describe the geographic differences and connections between regions around the world and how they affect health.


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