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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)

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Course Course # Credits

Required MPH Core Credits


Applied Biostatistics I*

BIOS 6601/6611


Epidemiology EPID 6630 3
Occupational & Environmental Health EHOH 6614 3
Social & Behavioral Factors & Health

CBHS 6610


Health Systems & Management ^ HSMP 6601 3

Foundations in Public Health

PUBH 6600


Required Epidemiology Courses


Analytical Epidemiology

EPID 6631


Applied Biostatistics II* BIOS 6602/6612 3

SAS Database Design & Management in SAS

BIOS 6680


Research Methods in Epidemiology EPID 6626 3

General Electives**


Methods-Oriented Electives

BIOS Lab-SAS BIOS 6603 1
Clinical Epidemiology*** EPID 6629 2
Advanced Epidemiology EPID 6632 3
Clinical Preventive Services: Evidence-Based Practice EPID 6633 2
Introduction to Systematic Reviews*** EPID 6646 1
Investigation of Disease Outbreaks*** EPID 6640 2
Research Methods with Secondary Data Sources EPID 7605 3
Genetic Epidemiology EPID 7640 2
Topic-Oriented Electives
Cancer Prevention & Control*** EPID 6622 2
Communicable Disease Epidemiology EPID 6635 2
Chronic Disease Epidemiology EPID 6636 3
Injury and Violence Epidemiology and Prevention*** EPID 6637 2
Global Cardiovascular Epidemiology*** EPID 6638 2
Epidemiology of Foodborne & Diarrheal Diseases***
EPID 6641 2
Genetics in Public Health*** EPID 6642 2
Public Health Surveillance*** EPID 6624 2
Epidemiology of TB/HIV/STDs EPID 6643 2
Maternal Child Health Epidemiology EPID 6644 3
Global Health & Disaster EPID 6670 2
Applied Global Health Epidemiology EPID 6634 2
Pharmacoepidemiology*** EPID 7615 2
Environmental & Occupational Epidemiology EHOH 6617 2



Master's Project




^ Prior to Spring 2015 this core course was listed as HSMP 6603

*BIOS 6611/6612 series is recommended for student with calculus.
**Students can take up to 8 credits of elective courses
***Course offered every other year


 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 study designs and understand the advantages and limitations of each for addressing specific problems, as well as the practical aspects of their uses.



Demonstrate knowledge related to 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.



Understand and appropriately interpret the concepts of effect modification and interaction.



Interpret statistical results in order to make appropriate inferences.



Demonstrate knowledge of the threats to internal validity and when critically evaluating strength of evidence. 


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