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Master of Public Health


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. 

Concentration Requirements - Epidemiology 

For students matriculating Summer 2014 or later: MPH-Epidemiology Curriculum Checksheet

For students matriculating prior to Summer 2014, please see: MPH - Epidemiology Curriculum Checksheet 


Required MPH Core Courses (17 credits)


BIOS 6601/6611*   Applied Biostatistics I                                    3 credits


EPID 6630                Epidemiology                                              3 credits


EHOH 6614               Environmental & Occupational Health           3 credits


CBHS 6610                Social & Behavioral Factors & Health            3 credits


HSMP 6601               Health Systems Management Policy              3 credits


PUBH 6600               Foundations in Public Health                         2 credits


Required Concentration Courses (12 credits)


BIOS 6602/6612*    Applied Biostatistics II                                    3 credits

EPID 6631                 Analytical Epidemiology                                3 credits


BIOS 6680                 SAS Database Design and Management         3 credits


EPID 6626                 Research Methods in Epidemiology                 3 credits


Electives (9 credits)

PUBH 6606                 Practicum                                                     2 credits

PUBH 6955                 Capstone Project                                          2 credits


TOTAL                                                                       42 credits


 *BIOS 6611/6612 series is recommended for student with calculus.


 Concentration Competencies



MPH Epidemiology Concentration (CN) Competencies

CN-EPID​​ 1​

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.


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