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M.P.H. Epidemiology

Mission and Overview

The mission of the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree – Epidemiology is to train its graduates in the understanding of diseases of the human body in order to explain occurrence, distribution and causative factors of diseases in human populations.

All Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health students who select to study the M.P.H. – Epidemiology degree program will complete a minimum of 45 credits. Students pursuing this degree will take Public Health Core Courses (18 credits), Program Concentration Courses (21 credits), and a Practicum experience (3 credits)/Capstone Research Project (3 credits) where they will apply, in practical fashion, the skills learned throughout their program. Students will also be required to present the findings of their research project as the culminating M.P.H. experience. Upon completion of the M.P.H. – Epidemiology students will be trained to function effectively as entry-level epidemiologists in a variety of public health settings.

JPHCOPH Graduate Advisor

Shamia Garrett, M.P.H.
Coordinator, Office of Student Services
Phone: (912) 478-2674

Advising Hours

By appointment only

Epidemiology Student Learning Outcomes


  1. Demonstrate proficiency and effectiveness in the communication of core public health principles and practices, both oral and written.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in the integration of the core public health disciplines (Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Health Policy/Management, and Social/Behavioral Science) in practice and research.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in problem solving, critical thinking, and public health leadership.

Epidemiology Concentration

  1. Formulate population-based hypotheses and develop appropriate research designs to test these hypotheses.
  2. Collect, analyze, and interpret data derived from population-based research.
  3. Create and implement public health surveillance systems for population-based studies.
  4. Recommend evidence-based interventions and control measures in response to epidemiologic findings.
  5. Communicate epidemiologic principles and concepts to lay and professional audiences through both oral and written communication.
Epidemiology Competencies

At the completion of the M.P.H. degree program all Epidemiology students will be able to:

Cross-cutting Competencies

  1. Demonstrate effective written and oral skills for communicating with different audiences in the context of professional public health activities. (Communication and Informatics)
  2. Use information technology to access, evaluate, and interpret public health data. (Communication and Informatics)
  3. Describe the roles of history, power, privilege and structural inequality in producing health disparities. (Diversity and Culture)
  4. Explain how professional ethics and practices relate to equity and accountability in diverse community settings. (Diversity and Culture)
  5. Develop public health programs and strategies responsive to the diverse cultural values and traditions of the communities being served. (Diversity and Culture)

Epidemiology Concentration

  1. Identify key sources of data for epidemiologic purposes.
  2. Identify the principles and limitations of public health screening programs.
  3. Describe a public health problem in terms of magnitude, person, time and place.
  4. Explain the importance of epidemiology for informing scientific, ethical, economic and political discussion of health issues.
  5. Comprehend basic ethical and legal principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of epidemiologic data.
  6. Apply the basic terminology and definitions of epidemiology.
  7. Calculate basic epidemiology measures.
  8. Communicate epidemiologic information to lay and professional audiences.
  9. Draw appropriate inferences from epidemiologic data.
  10. Evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic reports.
Required Courses
Public Health Core Courses (18 Credit Hours) Credit Hours
BIOS 6541 Biostatistics for Biostatistics & Epidemiology Majors 4
PUBH 5520G Introduction to Public Health 2
PUBH 6532 Environmental Health 3
PUBH 6533 Epidemiology 3
PUBH 6534 Health Policy and Management 3
PUBH 6535 Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Health 3
Epidemiology Courses (21 Credit Hours)
EPID 7131 Epidemiology of Chronic Disease 3
EPID 7133 Epidemiologic Research Methods I 3
EPID 7134 Epidemiologic Research Methods II 3
EPID 7135 Epidemiology of Infectious Disease 3
EPID 7230 Social Epidemiology and Health Equity 3
EPID 7233 Public Health Surveillance 3
Guided Electives 3
Practicum and Culminating Experience (6 Credit Hours)
PUBH 7790 Practicum in Public Health 3
PUBH 7991 Public Health Capstone Research Project 3
Total Credit Hours 45

Prerequisite undergraduate course work may be required. Contact the Graduate Program Coordinator in the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health for complete information.

Epidemiology Plan of Study
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2-Year Plan of Study (Fall Admission) pdf

Last updated: 2/3/2016