Master of Public Health Degree Program
The Epidemiology concentration prepares you to conceptualize a public health problem, design epidemiological studies, collect and analyze data, and interpret and disseminate results to a broad range of public health constituents.
You will complete core public health coursework in biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, public health administration, and social and behavioral science.
Likewise, you will complete advanced coursework in epidemiological methods, and the epidemiology of chronic, infectious and social diseases.
Upon completion of the program, you will have the skills to perform epidemiologic analyses that influence health and disease management and that contribute to the understanding of etiologies of disease prevention and wellness.
You will have have the opportunity for significant research and practice involvement with public health and health services organizations in Indiana and beyond.
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During the Master of Public Health program, our students complete coursework in core public health courses as well as courses specific to their concentration area. Students typically take two years to complete the MPH degree (three semesters of course work and a one semester applied learning experience).
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Research and Community Engagement
- Students have opportunities to work with faculty members in different areas of public health research. Example research projects include:
- Trace Element Levels and Risk of Stroke: Examine the associations between trace element levels and stroke risk and to investigate whether geographic variation of trace element levels is related to the "Stroke Belt", a region of highest stroke mortality in the Southeastern US. (Dr. Ka He)
- Trace Mineral Levels, the Trajectory of Cognitive Decline and Telomere Attrition: Examine the longitudinal associations between trace mineral levels and cognitive decline and leukocyte telomere length. (Dr. Ka He)
- Diabetes, Metformin and Breast Cancer Prognosis: Use data from the Women's Health Initiative, a large prospective cohort study, to assess influence of pre-existing diabetes and diabetes treatment, particularly metformin, on prognosis of patients with breast cancer. (Dr. Juhua Luo)
- Risk of Chronic Disease: Developing software that can determine the probability of having Chronic Kidney Disease. The method is being developed using graphs and statistics to show individuals, even those without medical training, how they rank in terms of having a certain condition compared to the general population. (Dr. Aurelian Bidulescu)
- Students have opportunities to work with a faculty member on community collaborations that engage research. Recent community collaborations include the following organizations:
- Indiana Minority Health Coalition, Indiana Public Health Association, Indiana legislature – House Public Health Committee, Indiana Pharmacists Alliance, IU Bloomington Hospital, Centerstone Research Institute
Applied Practice Experience
This degree prepares students to serve as public health professionals and leaders in government, business, industry, higher education, volunteer agencies, and public and private sector healthcare settings. A variety of field experience opportunities are available for MPH students. It is highly recommended that students speak with their advisors and personally research possible field experience sites. Please review the course requirements in the MPH Field Experience Handbook.
Students have completed their field experiences in a variety of settings which include:
In addition to MPH Foundational Competencies for MPH Students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Master of Public Health degree with a major in Epidemiology, students will be able to:
- Identify key sources of data for epidemiologic purposes.
- Apply the basic terminology and definitions of epidemiology.
- Evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic reports.
- Apply epidemiological concepts and methods to identify determinants of health problems in populations.
- Analyze and interpret data arising from case-control and cohort studies using both crude and stratified methods of analysis.
- Generate hypotheses and identify an appropriate study design to answer epidemiologic questions.
- Access secondary data and demonstrate ability to manage data sets necessary for epidemiologic analysis.
- Use epidemiologic methods to develop a chronic disease research strategy.
- Describe the distribution of chronic diseases and their associated risk factors.
- Analyze surveillance data to describe the distribution of an infectious disease in a population.
- Design studies intended to respond to epidemiologic disease outbreaks.
- Describe public health problems pertinent to the community.
- Evaluate the impact of social interventions to the epidemiology of negative health states.
Next Steps in Your Public Health Career
An MPH from the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington opens doors to a variety of exciting opportunities. Tracking of post-graduation outcomes of the most recent cohort of MPH graduates revealed that 88 percent of graduates reported employment or continuing education within six months of earning their degree (with the outcomes of 95% of MPH graduates known). The Office of Career Services in our school offers a valuable array of advice and support for our MPH students in successfully pursuing their career goals.
Recent graduates of the program have started careers at the following:
- Regulatory Specialist, Cook Medical
- Biostatistician, University of Wisconsin
- Research Associate, University of Kentucky
- Quantitative Research Associate, Baylor College of Medicine