MPH Core Requirements
PUBH 6001 | Biological Concepts for Public Health (2 credits)
PUBH 6002 | Biostatistical Applications for Public Health (3 credits)
PUBH 6003 | Principles and Practice of Epidemiology (3 credits)
PUBH 6004 | Environmental & Occupational Health in a Sustainable World (2 credits)
PUBH 6006 | Management & Policy Approaches to Public Health (3 credits)
PUBH 6007 | Social & Behavioral Approaches to Public Health (2 credits)
CORE TOTAL: 15 CREDITS
PUBH 6014 | Practicum (2 credits)
PUBH 6015 | Culminating Experience (2 credits)
PRACTICUM/CE TOTAL: 4 CREDITS
PUBH 6247 | Design of Health Studies (3 credits)
PUBH 6249 | Statistical Packages: Data Management & Data Analysis (3 credits)
PUBH 6252 | Advanced Epidemiology Methods (3 credits)
PUBH 6260 | Advanced Data Analysis for PH (3 credits)
Epidemiology Foundation Courses (select at least 4 credits from list below)
PUBH 6237 | Chronic Disease Epidemiology (2 credits)
PUBH 6241 | Nutritional Epidemiology (2 credits)
PUBH 6242 | Clinical Epidemiology & Decision Analysis (2 credits)
PUBH 6244 | Cancer Epidemiology (2 credits)
PUBH 6245 | Infectious Disease Epidemiology (2 credits)
PUBH 6248 | Epidemiology of Aging (2 credits)
PUBH 6250 | Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS (2 credits)
PUBH 6259 | Epidemiology Surveillance in PH (2 credits)
PROGRAM-SPECIFIC TOTAL: 16 CREDITS
4 credits from Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics graduate level courses. See approved course list in program guide.
6 credits - any SPH graduate courses.
ELECTIVES TOTAL: 10 CREDITS
Accelerated Program Option
The MPH in Epidemiology can be completed within one calendar year and is ideal for students who wish to experience an intensive program of study of epidemiology in the Nation’s Capital. Full Details
Suggested Focus Areas
Students do not have to focus on a given area of epidemiologic study; however, many students—in particular those who already have advanced degrees or extensive experience—may wish to focus on a specific area of methodological inquiry. The following describe courses available at GW SPH to support a comprehensive education in each of these focus areas. These do not represent all courses in each of the focus areas but serve as suggested electives through which to build depth in a particular area. Since not all courses are offered each semester, please consult the program guide and website for up to date information on timing of course offerings.
Students in degree programs must participate in eight hours of Professional Enhancement. These activities are pre-approved by an advisor and may be Public Health-related lectures, seminars, and symposia related to your field of study.
Professional Enhancement activities supplement the rigorous academic curriculum of the SPH degree programs and help prepare students to participate actively in the professional community. You can learn more about opportunities for Professional Enhancement via the Milken Institute School of Public Health Listserv, through departmental communications, or by speaking with your advisor.
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Training
All students are required to complete the Basic CITI training module in Social and Behavioral Research prior to beginning the practicum. This online training module for Social and Behavioral Researchers will help new students demonstrate and maintain sufficient knowledge of the ethical principles and regulatory requirements for protecting human subjects - key for any public health research.
Academic Integrity Quiz
All Milken Institute School of Public Health students are required to review the University’s Code of Academic Integrity and complete the GW Academic Integrity Activity. This activity must be completed within 2 weeks of matriculation. Information on GWSPH Academic Integrity requirements can be found here.
Past Program Guides
Students in the MPH in Epidemiology program should refer to the guide from the year in which they matriculated into the program. For the current program guide, click the red "PROGRAM GUIDE" button on the right-hand side of the page.
To view sample schedules and learn about the core competencies developed within the program, see the degree program guide.
Practicum / CE
Students in the GW MPH programs gain practical skills and knowledge through their practice experiences. It is important for MPH Epidemiology graduates to feel confident in their skills and gain real-world experience during their studies. Students in the Epidemiology MPH program complete both a Practicum and a Culminating Experience to practice their knowledge and skills in real-world settings.
In the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, the Practicum is a course designed to engage students in a Practice Activity—a planned, supervised, and evaluated experience in a public health organization. The Practice Activity can be related to either primary research or public health practice. It might include activities such as conducting literature reviews, writing proposals, or collecting and analyzing data.
The Practice Activity for the MPH Epidemiology degree may not be directly related to the student's day-to-day work. This is to ensure that students learn and apply new skills in the context of public health. If the student does conduct the Practice Activity at his/her place of employment, it must be work for which the student is not remunerated.
The Culminating Experience (CE) integrates the knowledge and skills students acquire through their academic work and the Practice Activity. The CE requires students to identify and define a specific public health issue and formulate hypotheses to address that issue. Students work with data obtained through either primary research or from an existing dataset. The process of proposal development, data analysis, interpretation, and extrapolation of the results culminates in a written report or manuscript and an oral presentation.
Some previous CE research topics in the MPH Epidemiology program include:
- Inflammatory Breast Cancer
- Disparities in Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
- Associations between Behavioral Factors and Cance
- Use of Technology in the Care of HIV
- Infected Individuals
- Care of Pediatric and Adolescent HIV-Infected Patients
- Adherence to Antiretroviral Medications
- Development of Resistance to Antiretroviral Medications
- Infectious Disease
- Listeria at Meat Packaging Plants
- Food Contamination and Surveillance
- Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Low Birth Weight
- Use of Standardized Case Definitions in Adverse Events following Immunization Surveillance
MPH Epidemiology graduates are in high demand at state and local governmental organizations, private health agencies, non-profit research centers, and educational institutions. Graduates with an MPH Epidemiology degree find careers in teaching, research, and consulting.
Jobs For Which You Will Be Prepared
Clinical Research Coordinator
Patient Centered Medical Home Program Consultant
Senior Quality Improvement Analyst
Specialist, Public Health Preparedness and Response
Organizations You Are Prepared to Help
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Association of Public Health Laboratories
Students pursuing an MPH in Epidemiology have access to a world-class faculty with relevant expertise and diverse experience in research, governmental, and clinical settings. The many areas of interest and research experience for professors and lecturers in the Epidemiology Master of Public Health program include chronic disease, infectious disease, disease research methods and analysis, and nutritional and environmental factors of disease.