College of Public Health Catalog 2013/2014

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Degree: Master of Public Health
Program (Major/College):
Concentration: Epidemiology (Code: EPY)        
COPH Department: Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Minimum Credit Hours: 49

MPH with a Concentration in Epidemiology

The MPH program in Epidemiology is a professional degree, intended for individuals who wish to obtain a broad understanding of public health, with an emphasis on epidemiologic principles and methods. The knowledge and skills obtained through the program will enable graduates to characterize the health status of communities, critically evaluate research on determinants of health-related events, formulate strategies to evaluate the impact of health related interventions and foster the application of epidemiologic methods for health promotion/disease prevention activities at the community level.

The Epidemiology concentration is offered in an on-line and traditional on-campus format. The online courses are delivered using multi-media web-based technologies which include the Internet, videotape, streaming media, web-based tutorials, etc. Faculty who teach the online courses utilize email, web conferencing, discussion forums and virtual chat features to enhance instruction. Students can complete almost all degree requirements for the online MPH with minimal on-campus requirements of no more than one calendar week. The time required to complete the MPH in Epidemiology program ranges from approximately 2.0 to 2.5 years, depending on time of entry into the program, course sequence and availability, as well as student circumstances and academic status.

In addition to the overall Master of Public Health degree competencies, Epidemiology graduates will be able to:

Epidemiologic Principles and Methods

  1. Describe and discuss the history and theory of epidemiology
  2. Identify, describe and discuss the public health problems in terms of magnitude, person, time and place.
  3. Assess, synthesize and critically evaluate epidemiologic scientific literature.
  4. Describe and discuss strengths and limitations of experimental and observational study designs.
  5. Describe and discuss basic epidemiologic principles of infectious and chronic disease research.
  6. Identify and discuss risk factors and their relationships to health outcomes.
  7. Demonstrate proficiency in basic and intermediate epidemiologic methods and principles.

Data Management and Statistical Methods

  1. Demonstrate proficiency of data management and processing.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in data analysis and appropriate interpretation of results.

Epidemiologic Practice

  1. Identify and discuss ethical and legal principles in the design, collection, use and dissemination of epidemiologic data and public health research.
  2. Apply epidemiologic knowledge and skills in a public health setting.
  3. Conduct a guided epidemiologic project or critical synthesis of the epidemiologic literature.
  4. Synthesize and apply knowledge in the core areas of public health.

Concentration Details


In addition to meeting the admission requirements for the Master of Public Health degree, applicants should also meet these concentration prerequisites:

  • Public health course prerequisites:
    • HSC 4551 Survey of Human Diseases
    • PHC 4101 Introduction to Public Health
    • Or an equivalent course is required for students who lack training in public health or biological sciences.
  • Suggested undergraduate majors: Public health, social sciences, natural sciences, biology, nursing, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacology, gerontology, allied health professions, environmental health, management information systems, mathematics, statistics, computer sciences.
  • Suggested undergraduate courses: College algebra, basic computer skills (e.g. operating system, internet, word processing, spread sheet), human structure and function, human health biology. Calculus is recommended.
  • Work experience: Prior work experience is preferred, but not required.
  • For admission requirements see the MPH Degree page.
  • Other criteria: Academic background, goal statement, student's academic interests, references and availability of faculty and facility resources are also considered as part of the entrance evaluation.
 Epidemiology for Pediatric Residents or Fellows

The Resident/Fellow MPH program and curriculum are designed to meet the needs of USF pediatric residents and fellows. The course of study will lead to a master of public health degree with a concentration in epidemiology. All students must be formally admitted into the College of Public Health to participate in this program.

The public health core courses provide the residents and fellows a foundation in key public health concepts. Residents and fellows are required to take all five core courses (15 hours), 18 hours of required concentration courses, 9 hours of crafted selectives that can include courses in epidemiology, maternal and child health, or other courses available in the remaining departments, and culminating experiences that include a 3 hour special project and 3 hour capstone course. The field experience requirement will be waived as the residency or fellowship fulfills these hours however students may find it very beneficial to do field studies in epidemiology. A minimum of 48 hours are required for completion of the MPH degree.


Curriculum Information 

  • Supervised Field Experience: No experience, or less than two years using epidemiologic principles in a work setting: 3 credits minimum.  Two or more years experience using epidemiologic principles in a work setting:  1 credit minimum.
  • For Emphasis Area Support Courses, students will select additional coursework from the following categories:
    • 1 Course in Infectious Disease Epidemiology
    • 1 Course in Chronic Disease Epidemiology
    • 1 Additional departmental course elective

Download the Program Check Sheet

Program Coursework




College Core Courses



PHC 6000




PHC 6050

Biostatistics I 



PHC 6102

Principles of Health Policy and Management 



PHC 6357

Environmental and Occupational Health 



PHC 6410

Social and Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health 



Core Total Hours



Required Concentration Courses



PHC 6051

Biostatistics II


PHC 6000, 6050 or CI.

PHC 6010

Epidemiology Methods I


PHC 6000 or CI.

PHC 6011

Epidemiology Methods II


PHC 6000, 6010 or CI.

PHC 6701

Computer Applications for Public Health Researchers



PHC 6190

Public Health Database Management


PHC 6701

PHC 6053

Categorical Data Analysis


PHC 6051 or CI.


Concentration Total Hours



Emphasis Area Support Courses 4 




Emphasis Total Hours



Culminating Experience



PHC 6945

Supervised Field Experience   


See Note #1

PHC 6977

Special Project



PHC 6936

Public Health Capstone Course


All Core completed + 75% of Concentration


Culminating Experience minimum Hours



* CH=Credit Hours; Pre-reqs= prerequisite courses unless noted as CR (co-requisite) or CC (Concurrent requisite)

  1. During 2nd semester meet with advisor and begin planning field experience. See
  2. Any grade below a C (C- to F) is required to be retaken.  The grade will be included in the student's GPA.
  3. The College Reserves All Rights to Repeal And/or Modify.
  4. Emphasis Area Support Courses must include: 1 Course in Infectious Disease Epidemiology; 1 Course in Chronic Disease Epidemiology; 1 Additional Elective




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