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Master of Public Health - Epidemiology

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus - Aurora, CO

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Epidemiologists describe trends and risks for health and provide the base data for preventive approaches in public health. Through surveillance, screening, data and intervention programs, epidemiologists are needed to determine disease risk factors and evaluate the effectiveness of prevention and treatment of diseases.

In the Colorado School of Public Health’s Master of Public Health program in Epidemiology, you’ll be trained in epidemiologic study designs, statistical analysis and the biological principles underlying human diseases. Epidemiology students utilize their training to implement epidemiologic surveillance and research studies, providing evidence-based information to promote health and prevent disease and injuries.

With an MPH in epidemiology, you can work in a wide variety of settings, including international health agencies, state and local health departments, federal government agencies, academia, and numerous research institutions. The epidemiology concentration also provides physician training for the Preventive Medicine Residency Program.

If you’re interested in being a part of the cornerstone of public health, epidemiology is the profession for you.


 Program Details



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. ​​​1


Required MPH Core Credits ​​

21 Credits

BIOS 6601

Applied Biostatistics I​​

3 credits

EPID 6630


3 credits

EHOH 6614​​​

Occupational & Environmental Health

3 credits

CBHS 6610

Social & Behavioral Factors & Health

3 credits

HSMP 6601

Health Systems & Management

3 credits

PUBH 6600

Foundation​​s in Public Health

2 credits

PUBH 6606


2 credits

EPID 6990

Capstone Preparation

1 credit

PUBH 6991

Capstone Integration

​​1 credit



Required Epidemiology Courses 

12 Credits

EPID 6631

Analytical Epidemiology

3 credits

BIOS 6602/6612*

Applied Biostatistics II

3 credits

BIOS 6680

SAS Database Design and Management

3 credits

EPID 6626

Research Methods in Epidemiology

3 credits


9 Credits

Total Program Credits

42 Credits




MPH Epidemiology Concentration (CN) Competencies

CN-EPI​​D​​ 1​​

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


Select and apply appropriate quantitative and qualitative measurement and analysis methods to support rese​​arch 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.​


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