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Master of Public Health in Epidemiology

The MPH program provides students with an epidemiological approach to public health, which includes a broad overview to epidemiology, biostatistics, and the environmental influences on health, public health planning, and health services.

Careers

Recent graduates hold positions with the following:
  • research assistant positions at state, county, and local health departments
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • National Institutes of Health, including National Cancer Institute and National Institute on Aging
  • hospitals
  • pharmaceutical companies
  • medical and dental school
  • PhD programs in epidemiology or biostatistics

Recent Essay Titles

  • Trends in Cardiovascular Risk Factor Management in Type 1 Diabetes by Sex: The Pittsburgh EDC Study 
  • Identifying Barriers to Lifestyle Modification through Evaluation of a Community-Based Diabetes Prevention Program 
  • Prefrontal Cortex Activation During Dual Task Conditions in Older and Younger Adults 
  • Spatial and Temporal Trends of Dengue Hermorrhagic Fever in Myanmar from 2004 to 2014
  • Using Childhood Cancer Incidence Trends over Time as a Surveillance Tool in Evaluating the Health Outcome Impact of Unconventional Shale Gas Development in PA 
  • Clinical Trial of High-Dose Green Tea Extract in Hepatocellular Injury in Postmenopausal Women in the United States 

Browse additional titles in D-Scholarship | Institutional Repository at the University of Pittsburgh

Competencies

Graduates will be able to:
  • Identify major health issues in the population, and describe these issues in terms of magnitude, person, place, time, and their associated risk factors
  • Identify and locate key sources of data for epidemiologic purposes
  • Calculate and interpret basic epidemiology measures
  • Describe models of disease etiology and control
  • Identify the principles and limitations of public health screening programs
  • Describe research study designs and understand their application, strengths, and limitations
  • Recognize basic ethical principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of epidemiologic data
  • Conduct basic epidemiologic analyses using descriptive and inferential statistical approaches
  • Interpret epidemiologic results in a causal framework
  • Evaluate the strengths and limitations of the epidemiologic literature
  • Communicate epidemiologic information to lay and professional audiences

All graduates also achieve the core and cross-cutting competencies for Pitt Public Health MPH students.

Requirements

  • 45 credits through coursework, practicum experience, and research
  • Foundational public health courses
  • Advanced courses in epidemiology and
  • On-site public health practicum experience
  • Advanced thesis or essay research in an area of specialization

Full program information:

Student Handbook
MPH internship information
Program Requirements/Graduation Check Lists
Admissions 

 

Masters Program Contacts

Nancy W. Glynn, PhD
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Director, Master's Degree Programs
A531 Crabtree Hall
412-383-1309
glynnn@edc.pitt.edu

Lori Smith
Student Services Manager and Program Administrator
A537 Crabtree Hall
412-383-5269
smithl@edc.pitt.edu
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