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DrPH in Epidemiology


The mission of the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree – Epidemiology program concentration is to prepare individuals to function as applied epidemiologists in Public Health fields. Epidemiology is a scientific discipline defined as the study of the distribution and determinants of disease in human populations. Students completing a DrPH in Epidemiology degree within the JPHCOPH at Georgia Southern will be able to serve the community, region, state, nation or world through government, private and academic sectors by using their epidemiological skills gained in order to help solve public health problems in rural and urban environments.

Course Requirements

All Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health students who select the DrPH – Epidemiology degree will complete a minimum of 60 credits. Students pursuing this degree will take Public Health Sciences Core Courses (18-21 credits), Advanced Program Concentration Courses – Epidemiology (27-30 credits inclusive of electives), Doctoral Public Health Field Preceptorship (3 credits) and successfully defend a Dissertation (9 credits). Upon completion of the DrPH – Epidemiology students will be trained to provide leadership in Epidemiology in a variety of public health settings.

JPHCOPH Graduate Advisor

Coordinator, Office of Student Services
Phone: (912) 478-2674

Advising Hours

By appointment only

Epidemiology Competencies

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

Cross-cutting Competencies

  1. Apply evidence-based practice, generation of practice-based evidence, and leadership positions that apply and synthesize translational and implementation science findings in governmental, non-profit, and private-sector settings as well as teaching, research, and service in academic roles at the undergraduate and graduate level.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to generate products that discover, apply and synthesize evidence from a broad range of disciplines and health-related data sources, in order to advance programs, policies, or systems addressing population health. Learning products may be created in a range of formats.
  3. Demonstrate leadership in increasingly interdisciplinary, interprofessional, and cross-sectional roles and settings.
  4. Develop innovative, current, and proactive approaches to adapt to the ever-changing public health systems and health care landscape.
  5. Explain a core, interdisciplinary orientation toward evidence-based public health practice, leadership, policy analysis and development, evaluation methods, and translational and implementation research to generate practice-based evidence.
  6. Demonstrate an ability to work in a global context, recognizing the relationships among domestic and global issues.

Epidemiology Concentration

  1. Design a public health and epidemiological investigation in terms of experimental design, data to be collected that reflect the research objectives, and specification of appropriate methods of analysis.
  2. Analyze public health and epidemiological data using appropriate statistical software such as SAS and R.
  3. Develop new epidemiological methods and new ideas for applying existing epidemiological methods to applications in public health and the epidemiological sciences.
  4. Develop written and oral reports to communicate effectively with research investigators the pivotal aspects of a study, including: design, study objectives, data analysis methodology, results, and conclusions.
  5. Create a collaborative environment for working on written and oral reports.
  6. Employ basic ethical and legal principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of epidemiological measures.

Course Requirements

Course requirements and course descriptions can be found in the Georgia Southern University Graduate Catalog.

Epidemiology Concentration Documents

3-Year Plan of Study (Fall Admission 2017)DrPH Epidemiology 2017 Plan of Study PDF
3-Year Plan of Study (Fall Admission Previous Year)DrPH Epidemiology Plan of Study PDF

Last updated: 2/21/2019