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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

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

Advising Hours

By appointment only

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

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

Epidemiology Concentration Documents

2-Year Plan of Study (Fall Admission)MPH Epidemiology Plan of Study PDF

Last updated: 1/15/2019