Epidemiology (MPH)

Epidemiology concentration prepares students for careers as scientific researchers, practical field investigators, health officers, research program directors and managers, and in other research areas of public health.  Epidemiologists work closely with biostatisticians in designing and analyzing research studies.  This concentration is designed for students who wish to acquire a thorough understanding of epidemiological methods, statistical principles, and computer software applications for practical fields of public health.  It offers students an opportunity to acquire specific skills in designing research studies and to learn how to collect data, conduct analyses, and interpret research studies.

Epidemiology Concentration

Core Courses (18 Credit Hours)                                                                                                
PHS  501  Public Health and Behavioral Science                     
PHS  502  Public Health Policy and Administration                   
PHS  503  Biostatistics and Computer Application                    
PHS  504  Environmental and Occupational Health                  
PHS  505  Principles of Epidemiology                                   
PHS  506  Research and Quantitative Methods     

Required Concentration Courses (15 Credit Hours)
PHS  521  Advanced Seminar in Epidemiology
PHS  522  Multivariate and Probabilistic Statistics
PHS  523  Chronic and Infectious Disease Epidemiology
PHS  524  Statistical Methods for Applied Epidemiology
PHS  525  Epidemiology of Minority and Special Populations

*Elective Courses (6 Credit Hours)

**Capstone Courses (3 Credit Hours)
PHS 507 Applied Master's Project (Integrative Learning Experience)

**Field Experience Courses (3 Credit Hours)
PHS 508 Public Health Residency (Applied Practice Experience)

 *With approval from the faculty advisor and course instructor, a student may take elective courses from other academic units at Jackson State University. 

**MPH students must pass the Graduate English Competency Examination (GECE) and a Graduate Area Comprehensive Exam (GACE), which carry no coursework credit.  The GACE evaluates the student's ability to synthesize public health foundational knowledge, competencies, and application.  These two exams must be passed before enrollment into the Public Health Residency and Applied Master's Project, both of which are to be taken in the final semester of the student's program.