MPH in Epidemiology & Biostatistics

MPH in Epidemiology & Biostatistics – Revised Curriculum for Fall 2019

MPH in Epidemiology & Biostatistics prepares students to design and conduct population health studies and apply research findings to improve the health of urban populations. It consists of 2 specializations: one in Epidemiology and one in Biostatistics. Epidemiology students learn to understand the principles, methods, strengths and limitations of epidemiologic study designs; collaborate on applied population health research; interpret epidemiologic findings, effectively communicate research and finding to lay and professional audiences, and apply the findings to the development of evidence-based interventions to improve population health. Biostatistics students gain an awareness and basic understanding of advanced statistical methods and learn to apply core and intermediate level statistical methods to public health endeavors, such as data management, statistical analysis, interpretation, and presentation of analytical results using computing technology. Graduates of both specialization are employed in government and private health agencies, industry, and research institutions. Credits: 42

 

Admissions Information:

Admission Requirements for all MPH concentrations
  • Completed SOPHAS application
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited university with GPA (overall and major) of at least 3.0 preferred
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose (recommended length is 500 words)
  • Background in the field: at least one year of experience in public health or related field
  • Resume
  • 2 Letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL scores are required if language of instruction for prior degrees was not English
  • Transcript evaluation from WES or ECE for foreign transcripts
  • GRE scores. Click here for information on how to submit scores.
  • Applicants who have a post graduate degree from a U.S. accredited school or a post graduate degree in clinical or allied health that WES or ECE has deemed equivalent to its US counterpart may request a standardized test waiver. Please be advised that waivers are granted on a case by case basis.
Additional Admission Requirements Evidence of quantitative abilities, such as completion of college-level algebra with a grade of B or better, or ≥146 on quantitative and ≥4.5 on analytical portions of the GRE
Apply All degree-seeking students must complete the SOPHAS application.

DEADLINES
Fall Semester:  
March 1, 2019

 

Curriculum:

Foundational Knowledge (0 credits) PUBH 601 Foundations of Public Health Knowledge*
Core Coursework (15 credits) PUBH 610 Public Health Leadership & Management
PUBH 611 Health Equity, Communication, and Advocacy
PUBH 612 Designing and Evaluating Public Health Interventions
PUBH 613 Designs, Concepts, and Methods in Public Health Research
PUBH 614 Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis Methods in Public Health Research
Required Coursework (15 credits) BIOS 620 Applied Biostatistics I
BIOS 621 Applied Biostatistics II
EPID 620 Epidemiological Methods I
EPID 621 Epidemiological Methods II
EPID 622 Applied Research: Data Management and Analysis
Elective Coursework (9 credits) Epidemiology students choose 3 of the following, 2 of which must be EPID courses. The selection is dependent in part on course availability (generally 1-2 electives are offered per semester): 

EPID 623 – Clinical Trials and Experimental Design
EPID 624 – Social Epidemiology
EPID 625 – Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases
EPID 626 – Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
EPID 627 – Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology
EPID 629 – Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
EPID 642 – Psychiatric and Mental Health Epidemiology
EPID 643 – Public Health Surveillance
EPID 695 – Special topics in Epidemiology methods
FNPH 624 – Nutritional Epidemiology
EOHS 630 – Principles of GISc
EOHS 645 – Demography and Population Geography with GISc
BIOS 623 – Analysis of Longitudinal Data

Biostatistics students choose 3 of the following, 2 of which must be BIOS courses. The selection is dependent in part on course availability (generally 1-2 electives are offered per semester): 

BIOS 622 – Analysis of Categorical Data
BIOS 623 – Analysis of Longitudinal Data
BIOS 624 – Design and Analysis of Complex Surveys
BIOS 625 – Survival Analysis
BIOS 626 – Data Analysis
BIOS 627 – Analysis of Variance
EPID 623 – Clinical Trials and Experimental Design

Practice Experience (1 credit) Epidemiology students take EPID 696: Supervised Fieldwork
Biostatistics students take BIOS 696: Supervised Fieldwork
Culminating Experience (2 credits) Epidemiology students take EPID 698: Capstone Project
Biostatistics students take BIOS 698: Capstone Project
Total Credits Required 42

*PUBH 601 must be completed during a student’s first semester. Students who obtained a bachelor’s degree from a CEPH-accredited college will be waived from this requirement.

Core Competencies:

  • Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice
  • Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate
  • Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice
  • Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings
  • Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels
  • Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health
  • Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs
  • Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention
  • Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management
  • Select methods to evaluate public health programs
  • Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence
  • Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes
  • Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations
  • Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity
  • Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making
  • Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges
  • Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
  • Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
  • Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content
  • Perform effectively on interprofessional teams
  • Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue
  • Apply concepts from relevant scientific disciplines, such as toxicology and physiology, to anticipate effects of environmental, occupational and nutritional exposures on both human health and overall planetary health.

 

Concentration Competencies (Epidemiology):

  • Identify key sources of data for epidemiologic purposes
  • Use measures of disease frequency and association to appropriately describe the distribution and determinants of disease, and appropriately characterize statistical uncertainty around such estimates
  • Critically read and evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic literature from a methodological perspective
  • Select epidemiologic study designs, data collection techniques, and analytic approaches suitable for different scientific inquiries
  • Identify key threats to validity (internal and external) within and across epidemiologic studies
  • Use statistical software to collect, retrieve, analyze and summarize epidemiologic data

Concentration Competencies (Biostatistics):

  • Describe assumptions, procedures, strengths and limitations of statistical methods that are used in public health research
  • Select statistical methods that are suitable for different purposes of analysis and different types of data
  • Apply statistical methods correctly in public health research
  • Use information technology and computer software effectively for collection, management, analysis and presentation of public health data
  • Accurately describe computer outputs of those analyses and appropriately interpret the statistical results
  • Write scientific reports of statistical analyses correctly with tables and figures
  • Orally present statistical findings clearly and effectively
  • Summarize correctly and critically evaluate statistical analyses in published literature
For students beginning their program during the fall semester:
Semester Course Credits
Year 1 Fall PUBH 601: Foundations of Public Health Knowledge* 0
PUBH 613: Designs, Concepts, and Methods in Public Health Research 3
PUBH 614: Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis Methods in Public Health Research 3
PUBH 611: Health Equity, Communication, and Advocacy 3
PUBH 612: Designing and Evaluating Public Health Interventions 3
Year 1 Spring PUBH 610: Public Health Leadership and Management 3
BIOS 620: Applied Biostatistics I 3
EPID 620: Epidemiological Methods I 3
Selective I 3
Year 2 Fall BIOS 696 or EPID 696: Supervised Fieldwork 1
BIOS 621: Applied Biostatistics II 3
EPID 621: Epidemiological Methods II 3
Selective II 3
Year 2 Spring BIOS 698 or EPID 698: Capstone Project 2
EPID 622: Applied Research: Data Management and Analysis 3
Selective III 3
For students beginning their program during the spring semester:
Semester Course Credits
Year 1 Spring PUBH 601: Foundations of Public Health Knowledge* 0
PUBH 613: Designs, Concepts, and Methods in Public Health Research 3
PUBH 614: Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis Methods in Public Health Research 3
PUBH 610: Public Health Leadership and Management 3
PUBH 611: Health Equity, Communication, and Advocacy 3
Year 1 Fall BIOS 620: Applied Biostatistics I 3
EPID 620: Epidemiological Methods I 3
PUBH 612: Designing and Evaluating Public Health Interventions 3
Year 2 Spring BIOS 696 or EPID 696: Supervised Fieldwork 1
Selective I 3
Selective II 3
Year 2 Fall BIOS 621: Applied Biostatistics II 3
EPID 621: Epidemiological Methods II 3
Selective III 3
Year 3 Spring BIOS 698 or EPID 698: Capstone Project 2
EPID 622: Applied Research: Data Management and Analysis 3

*PUBH 601 must be completed during a student’s first semester. Students who obtained a bachelor’s degree from a CEPH-accredited college will be waived from this requirement.