Epidemiology - Master of Public Health

epidemiology iconEpidemiology 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 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.

Students admitted to the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program are assigned a faculty advisor who will provide guidance throughout the program.

Program of Study

The MPH-Epidemiology curriculum consists of a minimum of 48 credits organized into five curricular domains:

  1. Core courses in areas of knowledge basic to public health (16 credits)
  2. Courses required for a specialization in epidemiology (19-22 credits)
  3. Elective courses approved for the specialization (5-8 credits)
  4. Practicum (2 credits minimum)
  5. Culminating project (3 credits minimum)

For detailed additional information about specific requirements, students are directed to the College of Public Health (CPH) Graduate Student Handbook and to the Ohio State University Graduate School Handbook.

Recommended Preparation

Strong undergraduate education in science and math is recommended. Admission decisions are made largely on GPA, GRE scores, recommendations, personal statements, and experience. Minimum GPA is generally 3.0 and minimum GRE (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing score) should be at the 50th percentile or higher. The personal statement is examined for writing ability, motivation for the degree, and for goodness of fit with the interests of the faculty. The stronger the application is with respect to these elements, the more likely the student will be admitted. Applicants applying to the doctoral program must have earned a master’s degree in epidemiology or a related field.

For information regarding application materials, test scores and codes, and decision timelines see our frequently asked questions page.