The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics is pleased to offer a Master of Public Health program with a concentration in Epidemiology. Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of the varying rates of diseases, injuries, and other health states in human populations. As the fundamental science underlying public health practice, epidemiology provides the conceptual and practical tools necessary for the study of public health problems and the design of adequate control measures. Although epidemiology shares concerns with disciplines such as biology, psychology, medicine, and public policy, its importance stems from its consideration of disease as a population-based phenomenon within an environmental context.
The proximity of the University of Maryland, College Park to the nation's capital offers prospective students unparalleled opportunities for internships and research experiences in public health, including placements at the National Institutes of Health, the CDC Washington Office, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's National Medical Center, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and many other national, state, and local health agencies. The diversity of cultural and socioeconomic groups, communities, industries, and health organizations provides a rich environment for learning, research, public policy analysis, and service.
To apply to the MPH program with a concentration in Epidemiology, applicants must complete the University of Maryland Graduate School application and provide additional information as described below under "Application Requirements". The Graduate School application and instructions can be found online at http://www.gradschool.umd.edu/gss/admission.htm.
Type of Applicant Fall Spring
Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and Permanent Residents with foreign credentials; International Applicants seeking admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas and immigrants
Deadline: January 15
International Applicants seeking admission under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
Deadline: January 15
Applications for the MPH program with concentration in Epidemiology are reviewed with consideration to the following criteria:
- Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA
- Undergraduate transcripts
- GRE scores taken within the past 5 years
- 3 letters of recommendation that address the applicant's academic capabilities and probability of success in graduate school
- Statement of goals and interests and their congruence with those of the program
- Relevant academic/work experience, including previous coursework in human biology or physiology, and statistical methods.
Applicants to the MPH program with concentration in Epidemiology should be sure to use the major code EPDM when selecting the program on the Graduate School Application.
Master of Public Health with concentration in Epidemiology (M.P.H.)
The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with concentration in Epidemiology is a 43-credit professional degree, administered by the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. All MPH students with concentration in Epidemiology will complete 5 public health core courses, 8 courses in the epidemiology cognate area, an internship, and a capstone project or thesis. Students completing a project take 2 elective courses (within the cognate area) and students completing a thesis take 1 elective course.
The Department has research specializations in a variety of areas including:
- Social determinants of health, with emphasis on the determinants of cardiovascular disease, obesity, sexually transmitted diseases, and health behaviors
- Health disparities
- Cultural competency in health care
- Community-based physical activity interventions in adults and adolescents
- Survival analysis, longitudinal data analysis, computational statistics, statistical genetics
Graduate Director, Brit I. Saksvig, PhD
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics School of Public Health 2234 School of Public Health Bldg.(#255)
University of Maryland College Park
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