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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.


Required MPH Core Credits    
Applied Biostatistics I BIOS 6601/6611Å 3
Epidemiology EPID 6630 3
Occupational & Environmental Health EHOH 6614 3
Soc​ial & Behavioral Factors & Health CBHS 6610 3
Health Systems & Management HSMP 6601 3
Foundations in Public Health PUBH 6600 2
Required Epidemiology Courses    
Analytical Epidemiology EPID 6631 3
Applied Biostatistics II BIOS 6602/6612Å 3
SAS Database Design and Management in SAS BIOS 6680 3
Research Methods in Epidemiology EPID 6626 3

Epidemiology Electives Requirements
(select 5 credits from the following Methods or Topical Epidemiology courses AND select 3-5 credits from the Global Epidemiology courses)

Methods Course Options
Bios Lab SAS #
Clinical Epidemiology
Advanced Epidemiology
Introduction to Systematic Reviews
Genetic Epidemiology
Research Methods with Secondary Data Sources

BIOS 6603
EPID 6629
EPID 6632
EPID 6646
EPID 7640
EPID 7605

Topical Course Options
Cancer Prevention and Control
Chronic Disease Epidemiology
Injury and Violence Epidemiology and Prevention
Genetics in Public Health

EPID 6622
EPID 6636
EPID 6637
EPID 6642
EPID 7615


Global Epidemiology Options 
Cancer Prevention and Control
Public Health Surveillance
Communicable Disease Epidemiology
Chronic Disease Epidemiology
Global Cardiovascular Epidemiology
Investigation of Disease Outbreaks
Foodborne & Diarrheal Disease Epidemiology
Epidemiology and Prevention of TB/HIV/STDs
Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology
Global Health and Disaster
Applied Global Health Epidemiology

EPID 6622
EPID 6624
EPID 6635
EPID 6636
EPID 6638
EPID 6640
EPID 6641
EPID 6643
EPID 6644
EPID 6670
EPID 6670-002


Required Global Public Health Courses:
Public Health in the Global Community​ ​CBHS 6619 3​
Geographic Perspectives on Global Health​ ​EHOH 6623 ​1
Global Public Health Electives (in additional to the Epidemiology specific electives - may fullfill with electives from EPID, CBHS, EHOH, or HSMP) ​3-5
Practice Based Learning:
Practicum 2
Capstone Project 2
Total Program Credits 45

Å - BIOS 6611/6612 series recommended for students with calculus

# - Course is required for all Epi students entering Fall 2011 or later. Can be waived for students taking BIOS 6611/6612

Global Health Electives

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

  • CBHS 6622 | Qualitative Research Methods (3 credits)
  • CBHS 6623 | Nutrition in the Global Community (2 credits)
  • CBHS 6629 | Health and Human Rights (3 credits)
  • CBHS 6632 | Public Health in the Caribbean and Latin America (3 credits)
  • CBHS 6633 | Intensive Study of Public Health Services in Cuba (3 credits)
  • EHOH 6621 | GIS for Public Health Research and Practice (3 credits)
  • EHOH 6624 | Infectious Disease, Environmental Contexts (3 credits)
  • EHOH 6627 | Water Quality and Public Health (3 credits)
  • EHOH 6670 | International Travel and Health (1 credit)
  • EHOH 6710 | Disasters, Climate Change and Health (3 credits)
  • EPID 6624 | Public Health Surveillance (Pre-req EPID 6630) (2 credits)
  • EPID 6635 | Communicable Disease Epidemiology (2 credits)
  • EPID 6638 | Global Cardiovascular 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)
  • EPID 6670-002 | Applied Global Health Epidemiology (2 credits)
  • HSMP 6602 | Health Equity (2 credits)
  • HSMP 6608 | Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care (2 credits)
  • HSMP 6615 | Global Health Policy Issues (2 credits)



 Competencies for students concentrating in Epidemiology
1.   Explain the descriptive epidemiology of a given condition, including case definition, calculation of the  primary measures of disease morbidity and mortality, and appropriate comparisons by person, place and time.
2.   List the strengths and limitations of descriptive statistics.
3.   Identify data from existing local, national or international sources.
4.   Describe study designs and understand the advantages and limitations of each design for addressing    specific problems, as well as the practical aspects of their uses, including trade-offs.
5.   Identify and minimize sources of bias; describe both the direction and magnitude of the bias and the effect of potential biases on the measures of association.
6.   Use statistical computer packages to calculate and display descriptive statistics, analyze categorical data, and perform multivariable regression, and other analyses as required.
7.   Examine data for the presence of confounding and interaction (effect modification), identify their presence, and manage them appropriately.
8.   Interpret research results, make appropriate inferences based on results, and recognize the implications of the research results. 
  Additional competencies for students concentrating in Global Public Health - Epidemiology
1.   Describe and analyze the determinants and the globalization of health as well as the health status of a given jurisdiction using credible data sources.
2.   Understand contemporary and historic global health issues, programs, best practices and players.
3.   Apply critical thinking to the political, economic and ethical issues in global health
4.   Identify and recommend public health field methods in the global arena and their correct application.
5.   Apply the principles of Epidemiology in a global setting.
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