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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.


The Department of Epidemiology evaluates each applicants’ readiness for, and likelihood of success in, the Epidemiology MPH 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
​Electives ​ ​9
​Total 42




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, morbidity, 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.


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Madiha F. Abdel-Maksoud, MD, PhD

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