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Epidemiology DrPH
College of Health Sciences


The disciplines of epidemiology and biostatistics are essential to achieving the goals of public health, and combining these two disciplines in a single department creates synergies for both training and research. Epidemiologists study the distribution and determinants of health and disease in populations. Biostatisticians develop and apply statistical theory, methods and techniques to public health research data and the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs.

Epidemiology DrPH

The Doctor of Public Health Degree Program in Epidemiology provides a foundation of core and elective courses beyond the master of public health degree that will prepare the student for leadership in public health research and/or practice. This program includes a dissertation that focuses on eliminating disparities in health and healthcare. The dissertation will establish the student as a competent researcher and scholar, capable of conducting and supervising independent research studies. Students will be trained to study public health from a multidisciplinary perspective to appreciate the disparities affecting minorities in terms of health and healthcare services.

The program will include advanced theoretical and practical studies in the specialized fields of public health as well as the preparation of a dissertation. Students will master core competencies in public health as well as specialized courses in their chosen concentration. They will develop a high level of analytical (quantitative and qualitative research) skills, complemented by an extensive breadth of relevant leadership knowledge in research grant preparation, management, study implementation and evaluation.

The program prepares students for leadership roles in public health, especially as research scientists, administrators, educators, or practitioners. These roles include, but are not limited to, positions in organizations and agencies such as universities, public health agencies, hospitals, managed care organizations, pharmaceutical companies, research firms, and other settings where public health specialists are employed.

Epidemiology Curriculum


The science and the art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting physical health and efficiency
The department is committed to educating and training its students to become effective leaders of the public health community at the local, national and international levels. This commitment is realized in an urban environment that offers a broad scope for students to become involved in diverse communities.


The program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics offered by the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Public Health, Jackson State University provides integrated training in graduate level biostatistics for students seeking to enhance their quantitative data analysis skills in health sciences. Course work contains a substantial amount of application/utilization of tools and skills required to effectively complete epidemiological projects in public health. No additional internships or practicum is required. 

“Challenging Minds, Changing Lives.”


Gain real-world experience expanding outside of the classroom. Learn how to succeed by facing real challenges within the community


Epidemiology and Biostatistics majors have a plethora of career options:

Biostatistician  Principal Investigator Research Scientist Data Analyst
Academic Research Epidemiologist Applied Epidemiologist Clinical Trial Research Scientist Clinical Investigator


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For more information, please contact us at (601) 979-8789.  We look forward to meeting with you and seeing how our program can help you achieve your goals.



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(601) 979-8789