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MPH Epidemiology

Offered On Campus in Tucson

The MPH in Epidemiology is offered by the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Epidemiology is a fundamental science of public health with a major focus on health problems in communities, groups, or aggregates of people.

The Epidemiology concentration curriculum provides systematic training in epidemiological principles, methods, and practices through constructive coursework and an internship. Individuals who choose the epidemiology concentration will have the opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills and experiences for measuring and studying the distributions, characteristics, causes, and prevention of disease, disability, and premature death in humans.


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Required Core Courses (16 units)

  • EPID 573A Basic Principles of Epidemiology (3)
  • PHPM 574 Public Health Policy and Management (3)
  • EHS 575 Environmental and Occupational Health (3)
  • BIOS 576A Biostatistics in Public Health (3)
  • HPS 577 Sociocultural & Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (3)
  • EPID 580 Integrated Public Health Learning Experience (1)
  • Internship Preparation Workshop  (required; non-credit)
  • Interprofessional Education Activities (documentation required; non-credit)

Required Epidemiology Courses (26 units)

  • EPID 573B Epidemiologic Methods (3)
  • EPID 573C Advanced Epidemiology (3)
  • BIOS 576B Biostatistics for Research (3)
  • EPID 596D Public Health Experience - Student Epidemiology Response Team (2)
  • EPID 696A Epidemiology Seminar (1 unit - 2 times)
  • EPID 909 Master's Report "Internship" (4)

Complete (3) Selective Epidemiology Courses (minimum 9 units) from the following courses:

  • EPID  615A  Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention (fall - odd years) 
  • EPID  630    Maternal & Child Health Epidemiology (fall)
  • EPID  645    Nutritional Epidemiology (spring)
  • EPID  646    Measurement Issues in Epidemiology (fall - even years)
  • EPID  660    Infectious Disease Epidemiology (spring)
  • EPID  670    Chronic Disease Epidemiology (spring)
  • EPID  676    Spatial Epidemiology (spring)
  • EPID  677    Principles of Genetic Association Studies (spring)
  • EPID  679    One Health Applications and Practice (fall)

Total Minimum Credit Requirement = 42 units

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Application Deadlines

Fall Application Deadlines

Priority:  January 5

Secondary:  April 1

Students who apply by the priority deadline will be given the highest priority for admissions and consideration for scholarships and assistantships.

Admissions Criteria

  • Bachelor's degree with 3.0 GPA
  • One course in college-level introductory, human, or general biology
  • One course in college algebra or calculus
  • Two letters of recommendation (up to five letters can be submitted)
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of purpose and objectives
  • Mission and values statement
  • GRE or MCAT scores are waived for Fall 2022 admissions
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for international applicants
  • Relevant work/volunteer experience strengthens all applications
  • Detailed admissions criteria

How to Apply

Apply online through SOPHAS, the centralized application service for all of the accredited schools and programs of public health.

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Typical time to completion: 2 years full-time students, 3-4 years part-time students.

Average time to completion: 2.07

Program Steps to Completion (Full-time student timeline):

  • Attend mandatory new student orientation
  • First year is devoted to course work
  • Attend fall and spring semester MPH Internship Conference
  • Each Spring, complete an Annual Progress Report with Faculty Mentor
  • Second year is devoted to coursework and Internship project
  • 3rd semester, determine internship project, form Internship Committee and complete all planning items
  • Complete two interprofessional education (IPE) activities before graduation
  • Fourth semester, successfully complete and present internship project at Internship Conference, and submit final internship and graduation items.

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