Program: Applied Epidemiology, M.P.H.

Program Description

The mission of the CSUN Public Health program is to prepare professionals to:

  • Identify and assess needs and assets of diverse communities.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate programs.
  • Apply analytic and research methodologies to public health practice.
  • Serve as leaders and advocates in their community and profession.
  • Provide solutions for current and future public health challenges.
  • Collaborate across interdisciplinary and community sectors.

Applications to the MPH program in Applied Epidemiology are accepted for the Fall semester only. Applicants should visit the Master of Public Health website for detailed instructions and deadlines.

The following criteria are used for evaluating applicants holistically to the MPH program:

  1. Cumulative undergraduate GPA.
  2. Graduate Record Examination for applicants with an undergraduate GPA less than 3.0.
  3. Work experience.
  4. Three letters of recommendation.
  5. Statement of purpose.

The Master of Public Health in Applied Epidemiology program requires a minimum of 44 semester hours of coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree. A minimum grade of “B-” is required for each course; an overall program GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation.

Program Requirements

A. Admission to Classified Graduate Status*

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college.
  2. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above for all undergraduate work.
  3. Evidence of satisfactory completion of at least one of the following: verbal, quantitative or analytical sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The GRE may be waived with approval for applicants who have a minimum of 3.0 GPA overall and in the major, or have a 3.2 GPA in the last 60 units of undergraduate work, or who already have an advanced graduate degree from an accredited school.

*Admitted students who do not meet the above classified status requirements are identified as conditionally classified.

B. Advancement from Conditional to Classified Status

Students admitted as conditionally classified must complete all qualifying coursework and GRE prior to moving from conditional to fully classified status. In addition:

  1. A GPA of 3.0 or better must be achieved in qualifying coursework.
  2. No more than 12 units of work taken prior to attaining fully classified status will be applied to the master’s program.
  3. Students completing qualifying coursework must meet with their faculty advisor to complete the paperwork to advance from conditional to classified status.

Qualifying Courses: To be determined at advisement.

C. Requirements for the Master of Public Health in Applied Epidemiology Degree

1. Public Health Foundations (19 units)

EOH 554MPH Environmental and Occupational Health Problems (3)
HSCI 533 Advanced Health Behavior Theory (3)
HSCI 541 Administration and Management  in Public Health (3)
HSCI 587 Seminar: Epidemiology (3)
HSCI 592 Advanced Biostatistics (3)
HSCI 592L Advanced Biostatistics Lab (1)
HSCI 694 Research Design and Methodology (3)

2. Applied Epidemiology Core (19 units)

HSCI 591 Quantitative Demography in Public Health (3)
HSCI 592A Advanced Biostatistics II (3)
HSCI 592AL Advanced Biostatistics II Lab (1)
HSCI 693A Supervised Field Training (2)
HSCI 693C Supervised Field Training (1)
HSCI 695 Public Health Program Evaluation (3)
HSCI 696 Advanced Epidemiologic Research Methods (3)

Choose one of the following:

HSCI 588 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (3)
HSCI 589 Epidemiology of Common Chronic Diseases I (3)

3. Additional Electives (3 units minimum)

With approval of the graduate advisor, students may take 500- and 600-level courses in areas of study such as Health Administration, Environmental and Occupational Health (e.g., EOH 560: Environmental and Occupational Health Epidemiology), or related areas of interest.

HHD 501 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Aging (3)
HHD 504 Current Issues in Aging (3)
HHD 513 Leadership/Professional Competencies for Health and Human Development Disciplines (3)
HSCI 510 Systems for Health Delivery in the U.S. (3)
HSCI 511 Health Services Administration Theory and Practice (3)
HSCI 515 Seminar in Health Information and Management Systems (3)
HSCI 517 Health Economics and National Health Policy (3)
HSCI 518 Managed Care (3)
HSCI 521 Managerial Ethics and Healthcare Law (3)
HSCI 523 Introduction to the U.S. Healthcare System (3)
HSCI 526 Global Women’s Health (3)
HSCI 534 Lactation Education for the Healthcare Professional (3)
HSCI 536 Cultural Issues in Healthcare (3)
HSCI 537 Principles of Communication in Public Health (3)
HSCI 539 Current Issues in Public Health (3)
HSCI 540 Grantsmanship for Health and Human Development (3)
HSCI 545 Seminar: Mental Health (3)
HSCI 588 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (3)
HSCI 589 Epidemiology of Common Chronic Diseases I (3)
HSCI 591 Quantitative Demography in Public Health (3)
HSCI 595A-Z Experimental Topics Courses (3)
HSCI 699 Independent Study (1-3)

4. Culminating Experience (3 units)

Choose one of the following:

HSCI 698C Graduate Thesis (3)
or HSCI 698E Integrative Learning Graduate Project (3)

Total Units Required for the M.P.H. Degree: 44

More information

For more information about this program, please contact


Department of Health Sciences
Chair: Bethany Rainisch
Jacaranda Hall (JD) 2500
(818) 677-4081

Graduate Coordinator: Lawrence Chu
Jacaranda Hall (JD) 2534
(818) 677-2485

Program Learning Outcomes

Students receiving a Master of Public Health in Applied Epidemiology will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in using statistical software to triangulate data from multiple sources, appropriate coding using syntax and data management.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to perform multivariate analyses using generalized linear models and to describe and perform tests for model assumptions and interpretation of appropriate model fit statistics.
  3. Develop and generate technical statistical reports of evaluation or research findings appropriate for providers and stakeholders.
  4. Collaborate with community providers and provide expertise in evaluation methods and statistical analysis to build data collection infrastructure, develop technical reports, and disseminate findings to stakeholders.
  5. Identify threats to internal and external validity in evaluating and critiquing the epidemiologic literature.
  6. Utilize statistical and methodical techniques to identify and adjust for bias in epidemiologic studies.