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Epidemiology Degree Programs - General Track (GE)

Master of Public Health (Epidemiology)- MPH
The purpose of the MPH degree program is to combine broad training in public health with specific training in the principles and methods of epidemiology. The degree requirements include course work in epidemiology, biostatistics, health services and environmental health; a practice experience in a public health agency (practicum); and completion of a research-based master's thesis. 

The degree is appropriate for individuals who possess an MD, DVM, DDS, or PhD degree who seek a career in public health practice or academia, or medical students interested in a combined MD/MPH program. We also consider exceptional individuals with a Bachelor's degree and a health-related background who seek the MPH to prepare for a master's-level career in public health practice or research or who plan to apply to the PhD program in Epidemiology after completion of the MPH degree.  Applicants may apply for the general Epidemiology track, Maternal and Child Health, or Global Health tracks . Learning Objectives.

MPH Degree Requirements Checklist

Master of Science (Public Health - Epidemiology)- MS
The MS program offers research training in epidemiology. The program includes course work in epidemiology and biostatistics, and a research-based master's thesis is required. 

This degree is appropriate for physicians or other health professionals who prefer a more focused program than the MPH to prepare for research and teaching careers. We also consider exceptional individuals with a Bachelor's degree who are interested in master’s level research careers, such as research project coordinator, or who plan to apply to the PhD program in Epidemiology after completion of the MS degree. Learning Objectives.

MS Degree Requirements Checklist

Doctor of Philosophy (Epidemiology) - PhD
The PhD program is intended to provide training in the conduct of epidemiologic studies. It differs from the MS degree program primarily in the nature and scope of the dissertation project, which in turn determines the amount of time necessary to complete the program. 

Candidates are considered for admission into the PhD program who have 1) a health-related master's degree or 2) anticipated medical training within the context of a concurrent MD/PhD program. Acceptance of a graduate student into a program of study leading to the doctoral degree is not implied by admission to the Graduate School, but occurs after appointment of a Doctoral Supervisory Committee and successful completion of the General Examination.

Four to five years is usually necessary to obtain the PhD degree, depending on the data collection period and personal factors. The Graduate School requires that all work for the doctoral degree be completed within 10 calendar years of the beginning of the Master’s degree if used to waive 30 of 90 required credits for the PhD.

A series of courses is required, which must be supplemented by sufficient elective courses and independent study/research for the student to earn at least 90-quarter credits (60 credits with relevant master's degree). In addition, the student must pass the Preliminary Examination, and the written and oral General Examination, complete a research project, write an acceptable dissertation based on this research, and defend the dissertation in a public seminar before his/her Doctoral Supervisory Committee. Learning Objectives.

PhD Degree Requirements Checklists

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All requirements and information subject to change without notice.

This page was last updated on February 11, 2013