Public Health - 5-year Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Health in Epidemiology

The School of Public Health offers a 5-year degree program including a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology.

The 3+2 Bachelor of Science in Public Health/Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology degree program is more than a means to produce next-level Epidemiologists. It will deliver a graduate who can not only immediately impact the field of Epidemiology, but also deliver someone with a well-rounded understanding of the role that Epidemiology and Public Health play in medicine, nursing, allied or other health professions.

The undergraduate component of the 3+2 program is based on a philosophy of health promotion and disease prevention, to improve the quality of life of individuals, families and communities through education and program intervention. The BSPH discipline focuses on four areas:

  • the multiple determinants of health, including biological, environmental, sociocultural, health service, and economic factors,
  • identification of scientific data, tools of informatics, and other information for identifying factors that both foster and hinder the health and well-being of individuals and communities,
  • addressing major local, state, national, and global health challenges, and
  • designing public health approaches and interventions that improve health outcomes, population health, and well-being.

The MPH in Epidemiology focuses on the distributions and determinants of disease (or health-related outcomes) among populations and the methods employed to describe them. Students leave the MPH in Epidemiology program with the ability to understand and develop evidence-based public health research, policy, and practice.

The MPH in Epidemiology prepares students to:

  • Select epidemiologic methods that are appropriate to address epidemiologic content areas.
  • Analyze strengths and limitations of study designs for providing evidence for causal associations.
  • Apply appropriate advanced data analysis and management techniques to analyze epidemiologic data.
  • Assess and compare different reporting formats to communicate epidemiologic data to a variety of audiences.
  • Explain the role of epidemiology in developing, implementing, and evaluating health policy.

The graduate MPH component is a non-thesis degree program with culminating experiences as part of the degree requirements. Students will participate in a practicum demonstrating overall public health problem solving skills and complete a rigorous capstone class.

The coursework for this program will qualify students to be able to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.