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Faculty members discuss Epidemiology at SLU

Students who graduate with this degree are well-prepared for professional roles as project managers, study coordinators and directors of outcomes research in a variety of settings such as health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hospitals and health systems.

Joint Concentration Options
Students can combine two concentrations, allowing them to expand their knowledge in both areas. A joint concentration degree combines the competencies of each concentration. The joint concentration options (minimum total credit hours required is 54) for Epidemiology are:

Competency-Based Education
Competencies are student outcomes - both knowledge and skills - that are specific to the degree and to the area of study. They reflect the knowledge and skills that we strive to develop in our students and form the basis of our evaluation of each student's achievement. For the MPH, there is a set of core competencies and set of discipline-specific competencies that guide the development of the curriculum. The competency sets are developed with input from current public health practitioners, our alumni, our faculty and our students to reflect current and future needs of the profession.

Epidemiology Concentration Competencies

  • EPI 1: Develop appropriate study designs and analytical strategies to test epidemiologic hypotheses.
  • EPI 2: Accurately interpret epidemiologic data.
  • EPI 3: Appropriately communicate epidemiologic findings.
  • EPI 4: Use data to describe the health of populations.
  • EPI 5: Critically analyze the epidemiologic literature.

Career Opportunities

SLU graduates are employed all over the nation and internationally in a wide variety of settings and positions. Some of the career paths in epidemiology include:

  • Public Health Epidemiologist 
  • Epidemiology Intelligence Officer
  • Health Data Analyst

Faculty and Research
Our faculty are internationally recognized as leaders in the field of epidemiology and have active research in areas such as:

  • Global Health
  • Exposure Assessment
  • Indoor and Outdoor Air Pollution
  • Cancer Epidemiology

MPH Practice Experience

Students in the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program are required to complete a practice experience (internship) with an approved community health organization and preceptor. This 320-hour experience is designed to enhance students' educational experiences and promote professional competence in Epidemiology.

Internships in this concentration might involve the following activities: performing or assisting with cluster and outbreak investigations, community needs assessments, analysis and validation of existing data sets, and field research in order to study the spread, prevention and control of chronic and infectious disease and disease conditions in a community or a group of persons. Examples of organizations that have sponsored internships include: BJC HealthCare, Pan American Health Organization, and St. Louis Integrated Health Network.

Admission Requirements
For the concentration in Epidemiology, applicants should preferably hold a bachelor's degree in a biomedical or social science.

MPH-EPI Curriculum
Students in joint concentrations will have a curriculum that varies from the one below.

MPH Core Curriculum

  • Behavioral Science and Public Health 

  • Principles of Biostatistics

  • Environmental and Occupational Health

  • Principles of Epidemiology

  • Mission and Practice of Global Public Health

  • Ethical Issues in Public Health 

  • Managerial Aspects of Public Health Practice 

  • Rounds

  • Internship/Practice Experience 

  • Special Study for Examinations

Concentration Curriculum

  • Categorical Data Analysis

  • Epidemiology Methods II

  • Introduction to General Linear Modeling

  • Statistical Programming and Study Planning: SAS

  • Survival Data Analysis

  • Concentration Electives

  • Capstone in Epidemiology