Public Health, MPH (Epidemiology)

Master of Public Health

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    42
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $580.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $580.00

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The online Master of Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Epidemiology degree program is designed for students and working professionals looking to broaden their training in epidemiology and related fields.

The MPH in Epidemiology provides the basic epidemiological skills and knowledge to prepare students for careers in public health. This area of study provides the tools needed to conceptualize a public health problem, design an epidemiological study, collect and analyze data and interpret and report the results of a study. The course work and applications focus on the determinants, distribution, dynamics and etiology of disease in populations and include proposal and report writing, the promotion of good health practices, the prevention of disease and the evaluation of public health policy and programs.

The online Epidemiology concentration focuses on five main areas: 

  • Problem Conceptualization students conceptualize epidemiologic research questions and hypotheses, apply principles of causal inference to epidemiologic data and review and critique published epidemiologic studies. 
  • Surveillance students develop skills to identify key sources of surveillance data, compute epidemiologic measures using surveillance data and use surveillance data to answer epidemiologic questions 
  • Study Design students learn how to choose a study design appropriate for particular epidemiologic questions and design an appropriate, scientifically sound study. 
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation students develop skills to identify and interpret key study results, select appropriate statistical methods for analysis of epidemiologic data, identify potential sources and effects of bias and apply methods to minimize sources of bias in study results. 
  • Dissemination of Study Findings students learn to communicate epidemiologic information to lay and professional audiences. 

The Master in Public Health cultivates leaders who are creative, critical thinkers, with the knowledge and skills to address evolving public health challenges. This online masters degree program focuses on being practice-centered, evidence-based, equity-focused, diverse and collaborative.  

Career Outlook: Epidemiologists are employed in federal, state and local governmental agencies, such as health departments and the Centers for Disease Prevention Control. They also find employment at colleges and universities, hospitals and pharmaceutical and medical research. Epidemiologists can focus in on a specific field, such as Infectious Disease, Chronic Diseases (e.g., cancer, cardiovascular diseases) and Maternal and Child Health. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted a 9% job growth for epidemiologists from 2016 to 2026. 

Potential career paths for graduates of this online program include:

  • WHO, CDC; state, county and territorial health departments: Conduct applied/field epidemiological activities such as disease surveillance and outbreak investigations 
  • Health care systems: Conduct disease surveillance, infectious control and quality assurance activities  
  • Academic institutions : Conduct education and research activities in a variety of epidemiology topics  

Deborah Levy, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Professor and Chair

Deborah Levy is a retired Captain with the U.S. Public Health Service stationed at CDC for the past 20 years. Most recently leading the Healthcare Preparedness Activity, a program she developed beginning in 2003 while in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Levy has focused on all-hazards preparedness and emergency response of the healthcare system. Her primary interest has been on working with communities to assist them with integrating planning of the public health, healthcare, emergency medical services and emergency management sectors to improve responses to public health emergencies.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    You must have 3.0 or higher grade point average for the last 60 undergraduate or the last 18 graduate/post-baccalaureate credit hours completed. You must have received the equivalent of a grade of B or better in each of the following: college-level statistics course, differential calculus, and integral calculus.

  2. 3.00 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Taken the GRE

  4. Taken the TOEFL

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  5. A written personal statement

    A one-page personal statement

  6. 3 letters of recommendation

    Three letters or recommendation from academic or professional references

  7. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  8. Official transcripts reflecting an earned bachelor’s degree, with a 3.0 or higher grade point average for the last 60 undergraduate or the last 18 graduate/post-baccalaureate credit hours completed.

  9. Foreign Transcripts: Official transcripts or mark sheets of college level work not in English or in the standard U.S. grading scale must be sent to a credential evaluation service for translation. Transcripts must carry the signature of a responsible official in which the work was done and the seal of that institution, or must be certified true copies of the original records. If transcripts do not show the degree earned and the date on which it was conferred, official degree statements must also be provided

  10. A resume reflecting one or more years of work/volunteer history related to health and/or human services.

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete the online application. Use "School Designation" section in online application to select program and area of concentration you wish to apply  
  • Submit application fee

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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
July 1
Spring Semester
August 1

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
General Epidemiology Courses3

Course Number:

*Students chose one of the following courses: CPH 550, CPH 553, CPH 554, CPH 605, CPH 620, CPH 626, CPH 631, CPH 636, CPH 741, CPH 752, CPH 753, CPH 755. Vising unmc.edu for full course descriptions.

Infectious Disease Epidemiology Courses3

Course Number:

*Students chose one of the following courses: CPH 623 Infectious Disease Epidemiology: Theory and Methods (3 credits) or CPH 723 Epidemiological Methods in Infectious Disease Outbreak Investigation (3 credits)

CPH 500Foundations of Public Health3

Course Number: CPH 500

This is an introductory survey course, which will ensure that all public health students, within their first full year of study, are exposed to the fundamental concepts and theories that provide the basis for the body of knowledge in the field of public health. This course will prepare students to work in public health with a sound theoretical, conceptual, and historical basis for their work. CPH 500 must be successfully completed in the first 21 hours of the program of study.

CPH 504Epidemiology in Public Health3

Course Number: CPH 504

The objective of the course is to understand the application of survey and research methodology in epidemiology, especially in the community setting. Theoretical aspects will be taught as an integral part of understanding the techniques of study design and community survey. Concepts to be covered include measure of disease occurrence, measures of disease risk, study design, assessment of alternative explanations for data-based findings, and methods of testing or limiting alternatives. Students will be expected to address an epidemiological question of interest to them, first developing the hypothesis and conducting a literature search, then developing a study design and writing, in several stages, a brief proposal for the study. CPH 504 must be successfully completed in the first 18 hours of the program of study.

CPH 506Biostatistics3

Course Number: CPH 506

This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to understand and apply biostatistical methods needed in the design and analysis of biomedical and public health investigations. The major topics to be covered include types of data, descriptive statistics and plots, theoretical distributions, probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, and one-way analysis of variance. A brief introduction to correlation and univariate linear regression will also be given. The course is intended for graduate students and health professionals interested in the design and analysis of biomedical or public health studies. CPH 506 Required Prerequisites: Undergraduate or graduate statistics course or permission of instructor. While successful completion of an undergraduate or graduate statistics course is not required for admission into the MPH program, students enrolling for CPH 506 must have successfully completed a statistics course within the past 5 years resulting in a grade of B or better or obtain permission of the instructor. CPH 506 must be successfully completed in the first 18 hours of the program of study.

CPH 514Planning and Evaluation3

Course Number: CPH 514

Description to come.

CPH 528Service Learning for MPH3

Course Number: CPH 528

A community-based experience, designed to provide students with firsthand, scholarly, supervised experience in a practice setting. This experience augments the academic course work, meets actual community needs, and provides students with an opportunity to integrate and apply/test knowledge, principles and skills acquired through classroom instruction. Students will demonstrate mastery of public health principles, values and practice.

CPH 529Capstone Experience3

Course Number: CPH 529

A community-based experience, designed to provide students with firsthand, scholarly, supervised experience in a practice setting. This experience augments the academic course work, meets actual community needs, and provides students with an opportunity to integrate and apply/test knowledge, principles and skills acquired through classroom instruction. Students will demonstrate mastery of public health principles, values and practice.

CPH 539Public Health: Leadership and Advocacy3

Course Number: CPH 539

This course incorporates public health leadership theory and practices, which are grounded in biomedical and social science and sanctioned by public law. Politics of communities and organizations is also included. Advocacy is emphasized as a key tool to secure funding and to help assure that local, state, and federal policy makers will adopt, implement and maintain important public health regulations, policies and programs.

CPH 628Epidemiologic Methods3

Course Number: CPH 628

This course is a comprehensive course in the concepts, principles and methods of population-based epidemiologic research. The course, which expands on topics covered in EPI 821/CPH 621(Advanced Research and Methods), is both theoretical and quantitative, with emphasis on study design, quantitative measures, statistical analysis, data quality, sources of bias and casual inference. Prerequisite: EPI 821/CPH 621 and BIOS 806/CPH 506. An introductory course to SAS programming is recommended.

CPH 650Biostatistics II3

Course Number: CPH 650

This course is designed to prepare the student to understand and apply advanced biostatistical methods needed in the design and analysis of biomedical and public health investigations. The major topics to be covered include multiple linear regression, analysis of covariance, logistic regression, survival analysis, and repeated measures analysis.

CPH 651Introduction to SAS Programming3

Course Number: CPH 651

This course is an introduction to programming for statistical and epidemiologic analysis using the SAS Software System. Students will learn to access data from a variety of sources (e.g., the web, Excel, SPSS, data entry) and create SAS datasets. Data management and data processing skills, including concatenation, merging and sub-setting data, as well as data restructuring and new variable construction using arrays and SAS functions will be taught. Descriptive analysis and graphical presentation will be covered. Concepts and programming skills needed for the analysis of case-control studies, cohort studies, surveys and experimental trials will be stressed. Simple procedures for data verification, data encryption, and quality control of data will be discussed. Accessing data and summary statistics on the web will be explored. Through in-class exercises and homework assignments, students will apply basic informatics techniques to vital statistics and public health databases to describe public health characteristics and to evaluate public health programs or policies. Laboratory exercises, homework assignments, and a final project will be used to reinforce the topics covered in class. The course is intended for graduate students and health professionals interested in learning SAS programming and accessing and analyzing public use datasets from the web. Prerequisite: BIOS 806/CPH 506 or an equivalent introductory statistics course; EPI 821/CPH 621; and instructor permission.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Elective Requirements6

Course Number:

Elective credits are selected in consultation with a student's academic advisor and allow the student to gain further knowledge in areas of interest to the student.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $580.00
  • Fees: $76.25
  • Total: $656.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1740.00
  • Fees: $228.75
  • Total: $1968.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $580.00
  • Fees: $71.25
  • Total: $651.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1740.00
  • Fees: $213.75
  • Total: $1953.75
Note: 

In addition to the fees outlined above, the College of Public Health charges a $150 Technology Fee each semester a student is enrolled.

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