Master of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology

The Epidemiology major in the MPH program focuses on the application of disease and condition investigation. The program is appropriate for students interested in a career studying the relationship of risk factors to a variety of disease, injury, and other health-related conditions.

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Learning Goals

  • Derive and assess basic epidemiologic frequencies and association.
  • Compare and contrast epidemiologic study designs.
  • Weigh a public health problem in terms of magnitude, person, time, and place.
  • Measure occurrences of incidence, morbidity, and mortality.
  • Summarize concepts of causation.
  • Derive appropriate inferences from epidemiologic data.
  • Analyze data using statistical software to fit epidemiologic regressions, generate coefficients, and explain interpretations properly.
  • Analyze data for confounding, and generate a proper interpretation.
  • Appraise data for effect modification, and generate a proper interpretation.
  • Evaluate data for dose-response.
  • Evaluate basic multivariable statistical techniques commonly used in clinical and public health settings.
  • Manage standard statistical software to efficiently manage data structures.
  • Integrate and synthesize epidemiologic knowledge, skills and abilities as demonstrated in the context of a culminating experience.
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Required Courses

The MPH program requires a variety of courses and experiences across the five core disciplines of public health: Biostatistics; Epidemiology; Health Policy, Management and Leadership; Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences; and Social and Behavioral Sciences. MPH core courses provide students with an understanding of the breadth of public health, and departmental courses in each major allow students to apply various principles to specific disciplines. Learn more about courses specific to this major in the WVU catalog.

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Admissions Guidelines

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university (required)
  • Preferred minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Personal Statement
  • Three academic letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL scores (minimum 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, 80 internet-based) International students only
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