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Epidemiology M.P.H.

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School of Public Health, MMC 819, A395 Mayo Memorial Building, 420 Delaware Street, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-626-3500 OR 1-800-774-8636, Fax: 612-624-4498)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 42 to 48
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Public Health
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Epidemiology is the science that describes quantitative trends in health and disease for populations, with application in the biological, environmental, behavioral, and social sciences. Epidemiologists generally collaborate with multidisciplinary teams of health professionals, such as physicians, laboratory scientists, exercise physiologists, nutritionists, statisticians, veterinarians, and behavioral scientists. Epidemiologists analyze public health trends, design and implement studies, and interpret study results for policy and program development. Beyond investigation into the causes of disease, epidemiologists also develop intervention strategies to prevent disease and promote health. Epidemiologists work at both the individual and community levels to translate medical and laboratory data into population trends. Students complete a 48-credit curriculum for the standard program. Many epidemiology and other health-related graduate-level courses are available as electives. These allow students to develop a specialty emphasis in either specific public health topics or methodological areas. The 48-credit curriculum includes 22 Epidemiology core course credits, 8 SPH core course credits, 8 credits of biostatistics, and elective credits. An alternative, 42-credit curriculum is offered for students who have completed M.D., D.D.S., D.V.M., or Ph.D. work in a related field. The 42-credit curriculum includes 18 Epidemiology core course credits, 8 SPH core course credits, 8 credits of biostatistics, and elective credits. The standard and alternate programs require a final examination.
Accreditation
This program is accredited by Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Minimum qualifications include a baccalaureate degree with coursework in the basic sciences. Occupational health nursing/medicine applicants must have a relevant degree from an accredited school.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
For more information visit www.sph.umn.edu
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
    • General Test - Verbal Reasoning: 150
    • General Test - Quantitative Reasoning: 150
    • General Test - Analytical Writing: 3.5
  • GMAT
  • MCAT
    • Verbal Reasoning score: 10
    • Physical Sciences score: 10
    • Biological Reasoning score: 10
    • Writing sample score: 10
  • LSAT
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 100
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 600
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 7.0
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT, TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan C: Plan C requires 18 to 22 major credits and 24 to 26 credits outside the major. There is no final exam. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project: Culminating Experience
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Required Courses
Epidemiology Core Courses (18 credits)
PUBH 6341 - Epidemiologic Methods I (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6342 - Epidemiologic Methods II (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6343 - Epidemiologic Methods III (4.0 cr)
PUBH 6350 - Epidemiologic Methods III: Lab (1.0 cr)
PUBH 7394 - Culminating Experience: Epidemiology (1.0-6.0 cr)
PUBH 7396 - Field Experience: Epidemiology (1.0-5.0 cr)
PUBH 6325 - Data Processing with PC-SAS (1.0 cr)
or PUBH 6420 - Introduction to SAS Programming (1.0 cr)
"Epi of" Courses
PUBH 6385 - Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 6386 - Public Health Aspects of Cardiovascular Disease (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 6387 - Cancer Epidemiology (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 6389 - Nutritional Epidemiology (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 6381 - Genetics in Public Health in the Age of Precision Medicine (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 6605 - Reproductive and Perinatal Health (2.0 cr)
Biostatistics Courses (8 credits)
PUBH 6450 - Biostatistics I (4.0 cr)
PUBH 6451 - Biostatistics II (4.0 cr)
Public Health Core (8 credits)
PUBH 6020 - Fundamentals of Social and Behavioral Science (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6101 - Environmental Health (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 6102 - Issues in Environmental Health (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6741 - Ethics in Public Health: Professional Practice and Policy (1.0 cr)
or PUBH 6742 - Ethics in Public Health: Research and Policy (1.0 cr)
PUBH 6751 - Principles of Management in Health Services Organizations (2.0 cr)
Basic Science Course (4 credits)
Not required for students with a prior-earned doctorate in a health-related discipline. Nurses or other health professionals may be exempt.
PUBH 6355 - Pathophysiology of Human Disease (4.0 cr)
Electives (8-10 credits)
10 credits required for the standard program. 8 credits required for the accelerated program.
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Students may complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Global Health Interdisciplinary Concentration Area
The Global Health Interdisciplinary Concentration (GHIC) provides graduate students who are pursuing an M.P.H. with information necessary to define the constitution, cause, and consequences of health problems worldwide. The program offers a unique opportunity to explore the relationships between health, environment, politics, culture, and economic pressures in developed and developing nations. Developing countries are currently undergoing profound demographic changes--changes that are accompanied by shifts in patterns of illness. In many of these nations, the major causes of morbidity and mortality are mutating from traditional infectious diseases to chronic, non-communicable maladies like cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and diabetes. As a result, there is increasing demand for qualified public health practitioners who can identify and help reduce the vast and varied global vectors for chronic disease. Practical application of theory in the field is a major component of the GHIC. Students are encouraged to hone their expertise by pursuing an international field experience. The School of Public Health has established relationships with collaborative institutions abroad. SPH graduate students must complete a formal program plan if they want the GHIC to appear on their transcripts. For more information, contact Carol Francis, interdisciplinary concentrations coordinator, at franc004@umn.edu or 612-624-6952.
Health Disparities Interdisciplinary Concentration Area
The Health Disparities Interdisciplinary Concentration (HDIC) addresses the unequal burden of health risks, morbidity, and mortality experienced by minority cultural and social groups in the U.S., as well as unequal quality of and access to health care. Achieving optimum health for all segments of our society is a central goal of Healthy People 2020, and a concern in Minnesota as well. Despite Minnesota's ranking as one of the nation's healthiest states, Minnesota has some of the largest gaps among cultural and social groups in health indicators. According to the Minnesota Department of Health: - Infant mortality rates among the American Indians and African Americans are two to three times higher than for the state as a whole. - Among African American youth aged 15-24, firearm injury mortality rates are 15 times greater than the rates of all ages, races, and genders combined. - Women from minority communities are less likely to receive sufficient prenatal care compared to other women. - Death rates for African Americans and American Indians are two to three times that of the state as a whole. Rates of diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and HIV/AIDS are higher for many minority communities compared to the state as a whole. SPH graduate students must complete a formal program plan if they want the HDIC to appear on their transcripts. For more information, contact Carol Francis, interdisciplinary concentrations coordinator, at franc004@umn.edu or 612-624-6952.
Course Group 0
Public Health Policy Interdisciplinary Concentration Area
PHPIC coursework provides a better understanding of the health care system as a whole and prevention policy. The challenging curriculum helps M.P.H. majors hone practical skills that are highly sought after in the public health and policy arenas. Students who pursue the concentration can chose courses that emphasize: - Understanding community dynamics - Developing advocacy skills for public health - Analyzing legal and policy structures - Evaluating and implementing policies and programs - Influencing community health - Motivating and educating stakeholders and decision-makers - Using policy as prevention strategy - Eliminating health disparities through policy SPH graduate students must complete a formal program plan if they want the PHPIC to appear on their transcripts. For more information, contact Carol Francis, interdisciplinary concentrations coordinator, at franc004@umn.edu or 612-624-6952.
 
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PUBH 6341 - Epidemiologic Methods I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02236 - PubH 6320PubH /6341
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to epidemiologic concepts and methods: (1) Study design (randomized trials and observational studies); (2) Measures of exposure-disease association; (3) Casual inference and bias; (4) Confounding and effect modification.
PUBH 6342 - Epidemiologic Methods II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Methods and techniques for designing, implementing, analyzing, and interpreting observational epidemiologic studies, including cohort, case-control, and cross-sectional studies.
PUBH 6343 - Epidemiologic Methods III
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Analysis/interpretation of data from various epidemiological study designs. SAS used to demonstrate epidemiological/statistical concepts in data analysis. prereq: [6342, 6451] with a grade of at least B- or instr consent
PUBH 6350 - Epidemiologic Methods III: Lab
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Skills-based course in which students get hands-on experience in analysis of a variety of epidemiologic datasets using SAS programming to apply epidemiologic methods presented in PubH 6343, examine crude data for outliers, data errors and distributional assumptions, debug code when programs do not run correctly, and prepare a scientific presentation with appropriate content for introduction/background, methods, results and discussion.
PUBH 7394 - Culminating Experience: Epidemiology
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Directed research toward completion of master's project in epidemiology. prereq: Epidemiology MPH student, instr consent
PUBH 7396 - Field Experience: Epidemiology
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 5.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised epidemiologic field study in health or public health setting under academic/professional supervision. Emphasizes application of acquired knowledge/skills to relevant issues/problems. prereq: Epidemilogy major, instr consent
PUBH 6325 - Data Processing with PC-SAS
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to methods for transferring/processing existing data sources. Emphasizes hands-on approach to pre-statistical data processing and analysis with PC-SAS statistical software with a Microsoft Windows operating system.
PUBH 6420 - Introduction to SAS Programming
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Summer
Use of SAS for analysis of biomedical data. Data manipulation/description. Basic statistical analyses (t-tests, chi-square, simple regression).
PUBH 6385 - Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Principles and/ methods. Strategies for disease control and prevention, including immunization. Relevance of modes of transmission of specific agents for disease spread and prevention. Public health consequences of infectious diseases at local, national, and international levels.
PUBH 6386 - Public Health Aspects of Cardiovascular Disease
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Well-established risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD), prevention of CVD, and national recommendations for treatment/prevention. Emerging risk factors, current controversies in CVD.
PUBH 6387 - Cancer Epidemiology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Epidemiologic aspects of cancer. Theories of carcinogenesis, patterns of incidence and mortality, site-specific risk factors. Issues of cancer control and prevention.
PUBH 6389 - Nutritional Epidemiology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Nutrition/disease relationships through application of epidemiologic methods. Characterization of various exposures to food/nutrient intakes, biological basis for nutrition/disease relationships. Studies of specific chronic diseases and nutritional intake. Design/interpretation of studies using nutritional measures. prereq: [[6320 or 6330 or 6341], [Epidemiology MPH or Public Health Nutrition MPH or Epidemiology PhD student]] or instr consent
PUBH 6381 - Genetics in Public Health in the Age of Precision Medicine
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Mechanisms of molecular genetics. Issues related to medical/public health genetics, including basis of human diversity, Human Genome Project, novel genetic mechanisms underlying diseases, ethical/legal issues. prereq: Grad student or professional school student or instr consent
PUBH 6605 - Reproductive and Perinatal Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Epidemiology, programs, services, and policies. Social, cultural, psychological, physiologic, environmental, economic, and political factors that affect reproductive health, pregnancy, and childbearing. prereq: Public health student or grad student or instr consent
PUBH 6450 - Biostatistics I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Descriptive statistics. Gaussian probability models, point/interval estimation for means/proportions. Hypothesis testing, including t, chi-square, and nonparametric tests. Simple regression/correlation. ANOVA. Health science applications using output from statistical packages. prereq: [College-level algebra, health sciences grad student] or instr consent
PUBH 6451 - Biostatistics II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Two-way ANOVA, interactions, repeated measures, general linear models. Logistic regression for cohort and case-control studies. Loglinear models, contingency tables, Poisson regression, survival data, Kaplan-Meier methods, proportional hazards models. prereq: [PubH 6450 with grade of at least B, health sciences grad student] or instr consent
PUBH 6020 - Fundamentals of Social and Behavioral Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Four major approaches to public health problems: psychosocial, economic, community, policy. Theory, implementation. Small groups practice skills. prereq: Public health [MPH or MHA or certificate] student or health journalism MA major or instr consent
PUBH 6101 - Environmental Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principles of environmental health relating to macro-/micro-environments and to products consumed or used by people. prereq: Public health [MPH or MHA or certificate] student or instr consent
PUBH 6102 - Issues in Environmental Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01063 - PubH 3102/PubH 6102
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Current issues, principles, and methods of environmental/occupational health practice. prereq: Public health [MPH or MHA or certificate] student or health journalism MA major or nursing MS student or instr consent
PUBH 6741 - Ethics in Public Health: Professional Practice and Policy
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to ethical issues in public health practice/policy. Ethical analysis, recognizing/analyzing moral issues. prereq: Public health [MPH or MHA or certificate] student or environmental health [MS or PhD] major or instr consent
PUBH 6742 - Ethics in Public Health: Research and Policy
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to ethical issues in public health research/policy. Ethical analysis. Recognizing/analyzing moral issues. prereq: Public health [MPH or certificate] student or [clinical research MS or Environmental health [MS or PhD] or epidemiology PhD or [health services research, policy/admin [MS or PhD]] major or instr consent
PUBH 6751 - Principles of Management in Health Services Organizations
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Understanding of and improvement in the competencies of managers in organizations, particularly as applied to health services and public health organizations. prereq: [Public hlth MPH or MHA or certificate] student or [environmental health MS or PhD] student or dentistry MS student or instr consent
PUBH 6355 - Pathophysiology of Human Disease
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Compendium of human diseases relevant to public health professionals. Focuses on cardiovascular disease, cancer, and infectious disease. Presented from epidemiologic perspective. Significance of diseases in terms of prevalence, incidence, morbidity, and mortality. Risk factors, prevention strategies. prereq: Epidemiology major or public health nutrition major or instr consent