The M.P.H. program prepares students for careers in the practice of epidemiology in local, state, national, and international health agencies. These students obtain broad training in public health as well as in epidemiology. The M.P.H. curriculum includes courses in environmental health, behavioral sciences, biostatistics, and health services. Students may also take courses to develop skills needed in the public health arena such as data management, survey and questionnaire development, scientific writing, and grant writing.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 68 units of graduate or upper division course work for the M.P.H. degree including Public Health 200A/B, Biostatistics 100B; Epidemiology 200A/B, 220, 400, 410, 413, an approved course in chronic disease epidemiology, and an approved course in management of health data. Remaining course work will be selected from the Department’s eligible courses. At least eight units must be taken from the 400 level series. All courses applied to degree requirements must be taken for a letter grade.
As a culminating experience, MPH students are required to take a comprehensive exam and to submit a report on an field study project to demonstrate an understanding of epidemiologic methods and applying what they learned to a public health concern (Epidemiology 400).