Epidemiology MPH

Major: Epidemiology
Degree Awarded: Master of Public Health (MPH)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 56.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 26.1309
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
19-1041

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

  • Define a problem and formulate a testable hypothesis
  • Review and critically evaluate the validity of the design, analysis, and interpretation of findings from published research studies
  • 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
dsphadvising@drexel.edu

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

Core Courses
BST 571Introduction to Biostatistics3.0
EPI 570Introduction to Epidemiology3.0
HMP 505Qualitative Data and Mixed Methods Analysis3.0
PBHL 510Public Health Foundations and Systems I4.0
PBHL 511Public Health Foundations and Systems II4.0
Major Courses
BST 555Introduction to Statistical Computing3.0
BST 560Intermediate Biostatistics I3.0
EPI 560Intermediate Epidemiology3.0
EPI 749Research and Practice in Epidemiology3.0
Applied Practical Experience
PBHL 500Practical Experience for the Master of Public Health0.0
Integrative Learning Experience
EPI 751Integrative Learning Experience in Epidemiology3.0
Electives *24.0
Total Credits56.0
*

Students choose from any BST, CHP, EOH, EPI, HMP, or PBHL course from the 500-999 level. Students can take additional 500-level or above electives across the university as long as they meet prerequisite and restriction requirements. Students can contact their faculty mentor to discuss elective options. Students can use elective credits to further focus their academic work by completing a graduate minor.

Sample Plan of Study

12-Month (4 Quarter) Full-Time Online and Face-to-Face

   SummerCredits
   BST 5713.0
   EPI 5703.0
   PBHL 5104.0
   PBHL 5114.0
    14
First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
BST 5553.0EPI 7493.0EPI 7513.0 
BST 5603.0Electives12.0Electives9.0 
EPI 5603.0   
HMP 5053.0   
PBHL 5000.0   
Electives3.0   
 15 15 12 
Total Credits 56

18-Month (5 Quarter) Full-Time Face-to-Face

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BST 5553.0EPI 5703.0BST 5603.0PBHL 5000.0
BST 5713.0PBHL 5114.0EPI 5603.0 
PBHL 5104.0Electives3.0HMP 5053.0 
  Electives3.0 
 10 10 12 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCredits  
EPI 7493.0EPI 7513.0  
Electives9.0Electives9.0  
 12 12  
Total Credits 56

18-Month (5 Quarter) Full-Time Online

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
EPI 5703.0BST 5553.0BST 5603.0PBHL 5000.0
PBHL 5104.0BST 5713.0EPI 5603.0 
Electives3.0PBHL 5114.0HMP 5053.0 
  Electives3.0 
 10 10 12 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCredits  
EPI 7493.0EPI 7513.0  
Electives9.0Electives9.0  
 12 12  
Total Credits 56

21-Month (6 Quarter) Full-Time Face-to-Face

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BST 5553.0EPI 5703.0BST 5603.0PBHL 5000.0
BST 5713.0PBHL 5114.0EPI 5603.0 
PBHL 5104.0Electives3.0HMP 5053.0 
 10 10 9 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
EPI 7493.0EPI 7513.0Electives9.0 
Electives6.0Electives6.0  
 9 9 9 
Total Credits 56

21-Month (6 Quarter) Full-Time Online

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
EPI 5703.0BST 5553.0BST 5603.0PBHL 5000.0
PBHL 5104.0BST 5713.0EPI 5603.0 
Electives3.0PBHL 5114.0HMP 5053.0 
 10 10 9 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
EPI 7493.0EPI 7513.0Electives9.0 
Electives6.0Electives6.0  
 9 9 9 
Total Credits 56

30-Month (9 Quarter) Part-Time Online

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
EPI 5703.0BST 5713.0HMP 5053.0Electives6.0
PBHL 5104.0PBHL 5114.0Electives3.0 
 7 7 6 6
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
Electives6.0BST 5553.0BST 5603.0PBHL 5000.0
 Electives3.0EPI 5603.0 
 6 6 6 0
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCredits  
EPI 7493.0EPI 7513.0  
Electives3.0Electives3.0  
 6 6  
Total Credits 56
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