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Global Health Epidemiology/International Health

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Addressing the multi-factorial challenges of health improvement in developing countries.

Master's of Public HealthStudents in Uganda

The MPH in Global Health Epidemiology/International Health Epidemiology aims to provide its graduates with the technical skills to work as epidemiologists in any setting, domestic or overseas. It is earned in a 60-hour sequence of courses that are typically finished after 4 terms (2 years). The program is interdisciplinary and provides training in both the health-sciences and social-sciences. The department has major research collaborations in Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Ghana, Guatemala, India, and Malawi. Topics related to these collaborations include: cancer, chronic disease, drug-resistance, nutritional determinants of maternal/child health, reproductive health, social determinants of health, urban health, vaccine surveillance, water-borne and vector-borne diseases. Internship opportunities are also available in many other countries across the globe.

Applicants to the program should hold a bachelor's degree with a major in biology or a related area such as premedical or pre-dental studies, nursing, zoology, or microbiology. Those with a major in mathematics, chemistry or in the social sciences such as psychology, sociology, or anthropology will also be considered.

There are three major areas in the Global Health Epidemiology/International Health M.P.H. curriculum:

  • Departmental requirements include courses in international health, epidemiologic methods, pathology, infectious and chronic disease and 3 advanced biostatistics courses.
  • "Breadth-requirements" which are fulfilled by taking courses outside of the specific focus of epidemiology
  • A capstone project includes doing an internship in a developing country between the first and second year, presenting a scientific poster at a departmental poster session and completing a data analysis project in the final term.

Graduation requirements for all M.P.H. programs can be viewed by visiting the M.P.H. Graduation Requirements page.

Information on the M.P.H. admissions process can be found at this link: M.P.H. Admissions

Alumni profile: Kristefer Stojanovski, 2013 Epidemiology Graduate