MPH Epidemiology and Biostatistics

The knowledge and skills of epidemiology and biostatistics are crucial for many careers in public health research including disease control and prevention, health care delivery, and health management.  The epidemiology and biostatistics emphasis area provides epidemiologic knowledge about the distribution and determinants of disease and other health-related conditions in human populations, and develops the methodological and analytical skills for study design and analysis of data.  Graduates are qualified for health service or research positions in local health departments, hospitals, nursing homes, academic institutions, industries, and government agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

MPH (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) & the Master in Anthropology Degree Programs

The Department of Public Health has an academic partnership with the Department of Anthropology for students pursuing both an MPH and an MA degree. Students in the MPH Program with an emphasis area in Epidemiology/Biostatistics are eligible to apply for admission into the MPH and the MA Programs simultaneously.  Students must apply and meet the admission criteria of both the MPH and MA programs in the same semester.  





DPH 622         Epidemiology
DPH 623         Biostatistics*
DPH 625         Health Administration
DPH 655         Environmental Health
DPH 656         Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health
DPH 611         Internship 3-9 hours


DPH 620         Chronic Disease Epidemiology
DPH 680         Research Methods
DPH 722         Infectious Disease Epidemiology
DPH 723         Biostatistics II*
DPH 785         Data Management and Analysis in Public Health*
DPH 786         Statistical Analysis in Epidemiology 
DPH 793         Advanced Biostatistics Methods for Public Health*                                          


DPH 623   Must successfully complete one course in statistics (DPH 440) prior to enrollment
DPH 723   Must successfully complete DPH 623 prior to enrollment
DPH 785   Must successfully complete DPH 623 prior to enrollment
DPH 793   Must successfully complete DPH 623 and DPH 723 prior to enrollment

MPH Core Competencies  

 Epidemiology (DPH 622)

  1. Apply appropriate descriptive, observational, and experimental epidemiological methods to identify determinants of disease in various populations while recognizing the strengths and limitations of those methods.
  2. Examine public health problems in terms of magnitude, person, place, and time, and calculate basic epidemiologic measures.

 Environmental (DPH 655)

  1. Examine the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to an individual that impact public health.
  2. Propose methods of preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability related to the interactions between individuals and their environment. 

 Biostatistics (DPH 623)

  1. Apply basic statistical concepts for exploring, describing, reorganizing, and analyzing public health data to obtain insight about populations from which data were drawn.
  2. Apply common statistical methods for estimation and inference appropriately according to underlying assumptions and study design principles. 

 Social and Behavioral (DPH 656)

  1. Interpret social and behavioral concepts and theories and their applicability to contemporary public health problems with the aim of reducing the disease burden on society, enhancing health prevention behaviors, and promoting health.
  2. Examine evidence-based approaches in the development, implementation, and evaluation of social and behavioral interventions, studies, and programs.

 Health Administration (DPH 625; emphasis-area-specific coursework)

  1. Analyze the main components and issues of the organization, financing, and delivery of health services and public health systems in the U.S.   
  2. Apply essential management principles of planning, organizing, staffing, influencing, and controlling to public health programs, services, and organizations.    

MPH Epidemiology & Biostatistics Emphasis Area Competencies 

  1. Evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic study designs and be able to communicate epidemiologic information to lay and professional audiences. ( 680, 722)
  2. Examine determinants and prevention strategies for communicable and chronic diseases, both common and newly emerging, that impact the health status of various populations. (620, 722)
  3. Develop a research proposal that includes proposing a study question and hypothesis, investigating and summarizing the current literature relating to the study topic, selecting a study design, and developing a research methodology.  (680)
  4. Apply basic ethical and legal principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of epidemiologic data. (680)
  5. Conduct an outbreak investigation utilizing hypothetical data from a mock scenario. (722)
  6. Apply advanced techniques such as analysis of variance (ANOVA), regression, chi-square test, and other parametric and non-parametric tests for public health problem solving. (723, 785, 786, 793)
  7. Utilize statistical software (such as SPSS, SAS) for coding, cleaning, recoding, and analyzing public health data to prepare reports. (785, 786)
  8. Prepare appropriate analytic approaches for public health research questions, use corresponding statistical method to test and draw conclusions based on the results. (723, 785, 786, 793)