Epidemiology Concentration

Epidemiology Concentration Specific Competencies

  •  Formulate an epidemiologic research question to help fill the gaps in a given substantive area.
  •  Explain the strengths and limitations of the most common epidemiologic study designs.
  •  Use causal diagrams to identify threats to study validity and approaches to minimize such threats.
  •  Select the appropriate epidemiologic study design that can be used to answer a specific epidemiologic research question.
  •  Choose the most appropriate analysis plan to analyze data to answer a specific epidemiologic research question.
  •  Evaluate scientific evidence regarding a specific epidemiologic research question.
  •  Justify the design and analysis for their own epidemiologic study.
  •  Describe the findings from and implications of their own epidemiologic study.

Epidemiology Concentration Non-credit activities (to be completed by the end of the first semester after enrollment):

  •  Online course offered by the SAS Institute,  SAS Programming 1: Essentials

Epidemiology Concentration Non-credit activities (to be completed by the end of the second semester of enrollment):  

  • Online course offered by the SAS Institute - SAS Programming 2: Data Management    

Epidemiology non-credit activities (to be completed each semester):

  • Epidemiology Student Journal Club
  • Department of Epidemiology Seminar series

Students in the Epidemiology Concentration should complete the following courses for the Biostatistics and Applied Data Analysis and Epidemiology core requirements:

  • PHP2150, Foundations in Epidemiologic Research Methods ​
  • PHP2510, Principles of Biostatistics and Data Analysis
  • PHP2511, Introduction to Applied Regression Analysis

*If a student completes PHP2120 or PHP2507 or PHP2507 & PHP2508 before deciding on the Epidemiology Concentration, the student must meet with the Epidemiology Concentration Advisor and the MPH Program Director to request that PHP2120 or PHP2507 or PHP2507 & PHP2508 meet(s) the relevant core requirement(s). Based on an assessment of the student’s background, course performance, and knowledge base and other Department of Epidemiology requirements, PHP2120 or PHP2507 or PHP2507 & PHP2508 may be able to substitute.

Epidemiology Concentration Courses

Complete all of the following concentration courses:

  • PHP2180, Interpretation and Application of Epidemiology (Full credit course offered every year)
  • PHP2200, Intermediate Methods in Epidemiologic Research (Full credit course offered every year)
  • PHP2260, Applied Epidemiologic Data Analysis (Full credit course offered every year)

Complete one of the following methods courses:

  • PHP1560/2560, Statistical Programming in R
  • PHP1895, Mindfulness Epidemiology**
  • PHP2030, Clinical Trials Methodology
  • PHP2040, Survey Research Methods
  • PHP2118, Genomics Epidemiology
  • PHP2220B, Nutritional Epidemiology**
  • PHP2250, Advanced Quantitative Methods in Epidemiologic Research
  • PHP2440, Introduction to Pharmacoepidemiology
  • PHP2455A, Health Services Research Methods I
  • PHP2465A, Introduction to Health Decision Analysis
  • PHP2515, Fundamentals of Probability and Statistical Inference
  • PHP2516, Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis, and PHP2517, Applied Multilevel Data Analysis  (Both half-credit courses must be taken to count as the methods requirement)
  • PHP2530, Bayesian Statistical Methods
  • PHP2550, Practical Data Analysis
  • PHP2602, Analysis of Lifetime Data
  • PHP2610, Causal Inference and Missing Data
  • PHP2620, Statistical Methods in Bioinformatics I
  • PHP2650, Statistical Learning and Big Data  

Complete one of the following substantive area courses:

  • PHP1854, Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • PHP1895, Mindfulness Epidemiology**
  • PHP1900H, Racial/Ethnic-, Socioeconomic-, and other Group-based Health Disparities in the US
  • PHP1920, Social Determinants of Health
  • PHP1964, Cancer Epidemiology
  • PHP2018, Epidemiology of Cardio-Metabolic Health
  • PHP2130, Human Biology for Public Health
  • PHP2220B, Nutritional Epidemiology**
  • PHP2220C, Perinatal Epidemiology
  • PHP2220D, Reproductive Epidemiology
  • PHP2222E, Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
  • PHP2220H, HIV Epidemiology

**Can be used as either a substantive or methods course, but cannot count towards both. 

Epidemiology Concentration Lead

Tongzhang Zheng, M.B.B.S., ScD

 [email protected]

Students enrolled prior to Fall 2020 have the option of completing the Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics Concentration.