Epidemiology MPH

Major: Epidemiology
Degree Awarded: Master of Public Health
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 56.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 26.1309
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:

About the Program

Students in the Master of Public Health in Epidemiology program learn and apply quantitative approaches to characterize, monitor, and understand the health of populations. Students gain experience in the design of epidemiologic studies and in the analysis of data. Epidemiology and Biostatistics faculty focus on a range of analytic approaches and their application to a spectrum of topics including social inequalities in health, neighborhood differences in health, chronic and infectious disease epidemiology, the epidemiology of health across life stages, nutrition, physical activity and obesity, and clinical research. Career paths in epidemiology often involve data collection, analyses, and interpretation to inform policy and practice in governmental, private, nonprofit, academic, and healthcare settings. Epidemiology graduates may also manage research studies that lead to the changes in decision making in public health.

Major Competencies

  • Review and critically evaluate the validity of the design, analysis and interpretation of findings from published research studies
  • Define a problem and formulate a testable hypothesis
  • Create and manage datasets appropriate for epidemiologic analyses from sources such as surveillance, large-scale data (i.e, Big Data, such as electronic medical records, administrative claims data) or other health-related research
  • Conduct univariable and multivariable regression and other semi- and non-parametric analytic techniques of an epidemiologic data set using a standard statistical software package
  • Create effective peer-review quality written and visual summaries of analysis results

Additional Information

For more information about this program, please contact:

DSPH Academic Advising Team
Office of Education

Additional information for the face-to-face program can be found on the Dornsife School of Public Health website, including admissions criteria and how to apply.

Additional information for the online program can be found on the Drexel University Online website, including admissions criteria and how to apply.

Degree Requirements

MPH Foundation Courses
BST 571Introduction to Biostatistics3.0
EPI 570Introduction to Epidemiology3.0
HMP 505Qualitative Data and Mixed Methods Analysis2.0
PBHL 510Public Health Foundations and Systems I4.0
PBHL 511Public Health Foundations and Systems II4.0
EPI Foundation Courses
BST 555Introduction to Statistical Computing3.0
BST 560Intermediate Biostatistics I3.0
EPI 560Intermediate Epidemiology3.0
Integrative Learning Experience
EPI 750Integrative Learning Experience in Epidemiology I3.0
EPI 751Integrative Learning Experience in Epidemiology II3.0
Practical Experience
PBHL 500Practical Experience for the Master of Public Health0.0
Biostatistics Electives
Statistical Inference I
Longitudinal Data Analysis
Survival Data Analysis
Applied Multivariate Analysis
Intermediate SAS
Design & Analysis of Clinical Trials
Statistical Consulting
Nonparametric and Semiparametric Models
Linear Statistical Models
Generalized Linear Models
Applied Bayesian Analysis
Statistical Inference II
Advanced Statistical Computing
Community Health and Prevention Electives
Behavior and Social Change Theories
Community Engagement in Public Health Practice & Research
Multi-Method Data Analysis in Community Health & Prevention
History of Public Health
Overview of Maternal and Child Health
Global Issues in Maternal and Child Health
Prevention Principles and Practices
Outcomes and Impact Evaluation
Public Health Ethics
Animals and Public Health
Drug Use and Public Health
Multicultural Competence in Community Health and Prevention
Community Organizing and Community Assessment for Health and Wellness
Theory and Practice in Health Communication
Process Monitoring and Outcomes Evaluation for Community Health Programs
Research with Rare, Stigmatized and Hidden Populations
LGBT Health Disparities
Intersectional Perspectives
Public Health Practice in and with Latino Communities
Migration and Health
Theory & Practice of Community Health and Prevention II
Research Methods for Community Health and Prevention
Qualitative Research in Community Health
Community Based Participatory Research
Measuring Health
Advanced Topics in Qualitative Analysis & Manuscript Development
Environmental and Occupational Health Electives
Overview of Issues in Global Health
Injury Prevention and Control
Safety in Healthcare
Healthy Housing & Built Environment
Environmental Health in Vulnerable Populations
Public Health and Disaster Preparedness
Occupational and Environmental Cancers
Infection Prevention and Control in the Healthcare Environment
Public Health Impacts of Global Climate Change
Crisis and Risk Communication in Public Health
Quantitative Risk Analysis for Environmental Health
Epidemiology Electives
Applied Survey Research in Epidemiology
Epidemiology of Cancer
Epidemiology for Public Health Practice
Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Perinatal Epidemiology
Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology & Prevention
Making Sense of Data
Pathophysiologic Basis of Epidemiologic Research
The Changing US HIV Epidemic and the Responses of Affected Communities
Interprofessional Collaboration for Urban Health
Data Science Using R
Disease Outbreak Investigations
Design and Analysis of Epidemiological Studies
Autism as a Public Health Challenge
Public Health Surveillance
Health and Design Research
Advanced Epidemiology
Causal Inference in Epidemiology: Theory
Special Topics in Epidemiology
Special Topics in Epidemiology
Special Topics in Epidemiology
Special Topics in Epidemiology
Special Topics in Epidemiology
Health Management and Policy Electives
Health Management and Policy I
Health Management and Policy II
Evolution of United States Health Policy
Legal Aspects of Public Health
The Business of Healthcare: Advanced Healthcare Financial Management
Healthcare Planning Principles and Practice
Policy Analysis for Population Health
Health Organizational Leadership
Health Care Organizations and Management
Health Disparities: Systemic, Structural, Environmental & Economic
Historical and Contemporary Developments in Social Justice
Perspectives on Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Social Class
Issues in United States Health Policy
Violence, Trauma and Adversity in Public Health
Public Health Leadership
Public Health Advocacy and Activism
Seminar in Fire Arms and Public Health
The Politics of Food & Gender
Health Systems Policy Analysis
Management of Healthcare Outcomes
Managing a Public Health Agency
Change Management in Public Health
Fundamentals of Disaster Management
Public Health Funding & Program Development
Organizational Finance Seminar: Case Studies in Health Care
Health Care Strategy and Operations: Creating Change
Health Care Data Analytics
Introduction to GIS for Public Health
Using Data to Drive Policy and Practice
Health and Human Rights
Health Services Research
Qualitative Methods for Health Policy Research and Practice
Cost Benefit Analysis for Health Services
Methods in Implementation Science
Health Economics I
Health Economics II
Total Credits56.0

Note: Students choose from 500-999 level courses in BST, EOH, EPI, CHP, HMP, and PBHL for elective courses.

Sample Plan of Study

12 Month (4 Quarter) Full-Time

   BST 5713.0
   EPI 5703.0
   HMP 5052.0
   PBHL 5104.0
   PBHL 5114.0
First Year
BST 5553.0BST 5603.0EPI 7513.0VACATION
EPI 5603.0EPI 7503.0Electives9.0 
PBHL 5000.0Electives9.0  
 13 15 12 0
Total Credits 56

18 Month (5 Quarter) Full-Time

First Year
BST 5553.0BST 5713.0BST 5603.0PBHL 5000.0
EPI 5703.0PBHL 5114.0EPI 5603.0 
PBHL 5104.0Elective3.0HMP 5052.0 
 10 10 12 0
Second Year
EPI 7503.0EPI 7513.0  
 12 12  
Total Credits 56

21 Month (6 Quarter) Full-Time

First Year
BST 5553.0BST 5713.0BST 5603.0PBHL 5000.0
EPI 5703.0PBHL 5114.0EPI 5603.0 
PBHL 5104.0Elective3.0HMP 5052.0 
 10 10 8 0
Second Year
EPI 7503.0EPI 7513.0Electives10.0 
 9 9 10 
Total Credits 56


First Year
PBHL 5104.0PBHL 5114.0Electives7.0HMP 5052.0
EPI 5703.0BST 5713.0 Elective3.0
 7 7 7 5
Second Year
Electives6.0BST 5553.0BST 5603.0PBHL 5000.0
 Elective3.0EPI 5603.0 
 6 6 6 0
Third Year
EPI 7503.0EPI 7513.0  
 6 6  
Total Credits 56
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