Offered from the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Global Health
This dual concentration program is a professional degree, intended for individuals who wish to obtain a solid understanding of public health epidemiological practices, principles and applications, with an emphasis in global communicable disease issues, policies and programs. MPH dual concentration graduates will be prepared for positions in private agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international, federal and state health agencies that participate in the study of the spread and control of communicable diseases as well as policy and practice involved with the global aspects of epidemiologic issues.
As we face complex issues caused by rapid climate change, population growth, and highly mobile societies, outbreaks of communicable diseases, resulting in morbidity and mortality are an expanding threat to populations worldwide. Graduates from this dual concentration will have the tools to address epidemiologic spread of disease as well as the variety, frequency and location of vector borne and other communicable diseases. This dual program will provide graduates with the skills needed to function effectively in international as well as national and local public health arenas with knowledge of the global impact of communicable disease through epidemiological surveillance, and prevention programs to serve at risk populations.
Concentration Admission Information
In addition to the Program Admission requirements, applicants must have the following:
Students in this program require 2 advisors; One Epi., One Global Health.
Total Program requirements with this concentration - 55 hours minimum
In addition to the 19 hours required for the Program (Core, Foundations, Special Project), this Concentration requires:
Concentration Course Requirements 21 credit hours (12 GCD, 9 EPI)
Electives 12 credit hours
Field Experience 3 credit hour minimum
Concentration Requirements - 21 hours
Global Comm. Diseases Required Courses 12 hours
Students graduating from the Program will receive training within four core domains which are central to the study of
Global Communicable diseases:
- Tropical and Emerging Infections
- Immunology and Genetics and
- Public Health Interventions and Disease Control
- Applied Global Communicable Diseases.
Students must take a minimum of 3 credits from within each domain. Course selection will be determined by the student and their advisor based on student interests and career goals.
Domains and examples of course selection
Tropical and Emerging Infections - 3 credits minimum
PHC 6512 (3) Vectors of Human Disease
PHC 6510 (3) Exotic and Emerging Infectious Disease
PHC 6513 (3) Public Health Parasitology
PHC 6516 (3) Tropical Diseases
Microbiology- 3 credits minimum
PHC 6037 (3) Public Health Virology
PHC 6562 (3) Microbiology for Healthcare Workers
PHC 7122 (3) Vaccinology*
*with instructor consent
Public Health Interventions and Disease Control - 3 credits minimum
PHC 6314 (3) Infection Control Program Design
PHC 6514 (3) Infectious Disease Control in Developing Countries
PHC 6517 (3) Infectious Disease Prev. Strategies
PHC 6251 (3) Disease Surveillance and Monitoring
PHC 6934 (3) Public Health GIS
Immunology and Genetics and -3 credits minimum
PHC 6511 (3) Public Health Immunology
PHC 6121 (3) Vaccines
PHC 6934 (3) Human Genomics in Public Health and Personalized Medicine
Epidemiology Required Courses - 9
PHC 6934 (3) Application of Advanced Biostatistical Methods in Public Health OR
PHC 6053 (3) Categorical Data Analysis
PHC 6010 (3) Epidemiology Methods I
PHC 6701 (3) Computer Applications for Health Researchers
Electives - 12 hours
Global Health Options -6
Students will fulfill their Global Health elective credits in consultation with their advisor. It is recommended that students focus on one of the five domains, taking all courses within that domain.
Epidemiology options - 6
1 course in Infectious Disease Epidemiology
1 course in Chronic Disease Epidemiology
1 additional Departmental course from the following areas:
Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Epidemiology Methods or Biostatistics
Field Experience 3 hours minimum
PHC 6945 (3) Supervised Field Experience (up to 12 credits)
Field Experience must be Epidemiologic in content Or Peace Corps Experience.