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Program: M.P.H., Public Health

Applied Epidemiology

Program Description

The mission of the MPH program in Applied Epidemiology is to prepare professional public health epidemiologists with the necessary problem-solving, critical-thinking and technological skills that will allow them to assess, implement and evaluate programs in diverse human populations and communities.

Applications to the MPH program in Applied Epidemiology are accepted for the Fall semester only. Please see the Master of Public Health website for detailed applicant instructions and application deadline information.

The following criteria are used for evaluating applicants holistically to the Applied Epidemiology 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 program requires a minimum of 42 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. For 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.
  4. Passed the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE). The exam may be waived with approval for applicants who completed the UDWPE at CSUN or another Cal State University, or scored a 3 or above on the analytical writing assessment section of the GRE.

*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, GRE and/or UDWPE 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 Degree

1. Required Public Health Core Courses (21 units)

EOH 554MPH Environmental and Occupational Health Problems (3)
HSCI 533 Advanced Concepts of Health Behavior (3)
HSCI 541 Administration, Supervision and Consultation in Public Health (3)
HSCI 587 Seminar: Epidemiology (3)
HSCI 592 Advanced Biostatistics for the Health Sciences (3)
HSCI 693A Supervised Field Training (2)
HSCI 693C Supervised Field Training (1)
HSCI 694 Research Design (3)

2. Required Applied Epidemiology Core Courses (12 units)

HSCI 591 Quantitative Demography for Health Science (3)
HSCI 592A Advanced Biostatistics II (3)
HSCI 695 Public Health Program Evaluation (3)
HSCI 696 Advanced Epidemiologic Research Methods (3)

3. Epidemiology Elective (3 units minimum)

Choose one of the following:

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

4. 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 Healthcare Information Management (3)
HSCI 517 Health Economics and National Health Policy (3)
HSCI 518 Managed Care (3)
HSCI 521 Healthcare Ethics (3)
HSCI 523 Seminar in Healthcare Organization (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 Communications in Health Education (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 for Health Science (3)
HSCI 595A-Z Experimental Topics Courses (3)
HSCI 699 Independent Study (1-6)

5. Culminating Experience (3 units)

HSCI 697 Directed Comprehensive Studies (3)
or HSCI 698C Graduate Project (3)

Total Units Required for the MPH Degree: 42

More information

For more information about this program, please contact


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

Graduate Coordinator: Vicki Ebin
(818) 677-7053

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, a student with a MPH in Applied Epidemiology will be able to satisfy the following MPH Core and Applied Epidemiology option outcomes:

MPH Core Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate mastery of oral, written and electronic media communication skills required in the public health and health field.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and skills associated with multicultural influences and considerations that may impact delivery of culturally competent public health interventions.
  3. Apply the basic principles of ethics and social justice to public health practice, policy and the profession.
  4. Analyze public health issues using the social-ecological model of systems thinking.
  5. Explain how social, behavioral, environmental and biological factors contribute to specific individual and community health outcomes.
  6. Develop strategies that demonstrate collaborative methods for achieving organizational and community health goals.

Applied Epidemiology Option
Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe how epidemiologic evidence informs public health practice and policy.
  2. Design epidemiologic studies to evaluate public health interventions and identify risk factors for health outcomes.
  3. Collect and analyze epidemiologic data using appropriate methodologies.
  4. Demonstrate proficient use of statistical software and other analytical tools in support of epidemiologic practice and research.
  5. Evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic investigations and incorporate into study interpretations and implications.