Epidemiology - Master of Public Health

Ohio State’s Master of Public Health in epidemiology offers numerous opportunities to learn about disease prevention and how to find and apply solutions. You’ll gain the skills and learning required to adapt and meet the needs of the public health challenges we face today.

The university is home to seven colleges focused on health sciences and several other public health connections providing our students with ample ways to combine their interests, gain research experience and apply epidemiology in real-world situations.


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What is epidemiology?

Epidemiology focuses on patterns of disease, disability and injury, and applies that information to the control of health problems.

Epidemiologists quantify the exposure-disease relationship in humans through data analysis and offer the possibility of altering that risk through intervention. Epidemiologic research provides the basis for significant public health decisions, such as those involving tobacco use or HIV/AIDS, well before individual disease mechanisms are understood.


The MPH experience

Specializing in epidemiology at Ohio State you’ll learn through a robust curriculum. The program combines in-class and experiential learning to give all our students a glimpse into their future as practicing epidemiologists.

Mentoring from faculty

Students in the Master of Public Health are matched with a faculty advisor who provides individualized guidance throughout the program.

Research opportunities

At Ohio State, research opportunities for students are ample. Students and faculty are engaged in diverse research agendas such as cancer epidemiology, infectious disease control and reproductive health to improve population health and health equity.

Public Health Buckeyes in epidemiology

College of Public Health MPH student Rosa Negash

Exploring connections between data and policymaking

Rosa Negash explores some of the most important topics in public health today using her data management and analysis skills.

Jordyn Brown, MPH student

MPH student forging path in women's cancer epidemiology

Jordyn Brown saw great opportunities Ohio State, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Health. In her MPH, she is focused on improving women’s health.

Sharmake standing in front of Cunz Hall wearing baseball hat backwards

Driven by love of community, desire to make change

Sharmake Diriye combines his love for the Columbus-based Somali community he grew up in with a drive to diminish systemic barriers and improve health outcomes for all.


Degree requirements

Minimum credit hours: 45         
Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree; 3.0 GPA (recommended); strong undergraduate science and math education        
Program start: Autumn semester

Deadlines to apply

Dec. 1

priority deadline

Feb. 1

GTA/GRA consideration

May 15

regular deadline


Get your application ready

We have a prepared list of requirements to apply for graduate study in the College of Public Health. Once you have the application requirements, apply for admission through SOPHAS, and a supplemental Ohio State application. Priority deadline to apply is February 1 for graduate assistantship consideration.

Review admissions requirements