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Epidemiology Concentration

 

The Epidemiology concentration prepares public health professionals to critically analyze and understand the distribution, determinants, and control of disease processes to advance population health.

Our multidisciplinary approach to epidemiology and fundamentals of public health uses both traditional methodology and innovative approaches to study the social determinants of health, specifically in the area of social epidemiology. You’ll research public health issues side-by-side with collaborators and faculty mentors who bring expertise as internationally known researchers in key areas including social epidemiology, nutrition, HIV/AIDS and tobacco control.

“Epidemiology—and the skill set associated with it— remains the foundational discipline of public health. Beginning with John Snow’s landmark work on cholera through ongoing work on the epidemics of Zika, Ebola and obesity, the modern epidemiologist tackles the complexities in health that will ultimately save lives.”
- Bernadette Boden-Albala, MPH, DrPH Associate Dean of Research and Program Development; Director, Division of Social Epidemiology; Professor of Public Health, Neurology and Dentistry

Key Skills

When you graduate with the Epidemiology concentration, you’ll be prepared to take on leadership roles in public health settings around the globe. You’ll stand out to employers with a skillset that has both breadth and depth, including the following competencies.

  1. Identify methods for measuring the distribution of determinants of health outcomes and well-being within and across populations
  2. Critically evaluate the application of epidemiologic methods to answer public health questions 
  3. Identify data sources, manage large datasets, and conduct analyses using appropriate statistical software
  4. Synthesize the extant epidemiologic literature and identify its limitations and gaps
  5. Effectively communicate epidemiologic findings both orally and in writing.

 

Professional Development

You will benefit from countless opportunities to build skills and experience to prepare you for successful careers in public health and epidemiology. Learn more about the professional development opportunities available to you at NYU GPH, including internships, fellowships, employment, volunteer opportunities, professional association membership, and more.

All students in the Epidemiology concentration take the following core courses (18 credits) as part of the MPH degree requirements:

GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2110 Health Policy and Management (3)*
GPH-GU 2140 Global Issues in Social and Behavioral Health (3)
GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3)
GPH-GU 2190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
* as of Fall 2017, this course will be split up into two courses: GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (1.5) and GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Management and Leadership.

 

All students in the Epidemiology concentration take the following courses (9 credits):

GPH-GU 2450 Intermediate Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2930 Epidemiology Design & Methods (3)
GPH-GU 2920 Biostatistics: Regression & Multivariable Modeling (3)
GPH-GU 5171 Global Health Informatics Workshop (0)
GPH-GU 5175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)
GPH-GU 5180 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health II (0)
GPH-GU 5185 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health III (0)

Plus two courses (6 credits) from the following:

GPH-GU 2225 Psychometric Measurement & Analysis in Public Health Research & Practice (3)
GPH-GU 2160 Qualitative and Field Methods (3)
GPH-GU 2361 Research Methods in Public Health (3)

 

All students in the Epidemiology concentration take three courses (9 credits) from the following list:

GPH-GU 2382 A Systems Approach to Food Access (3)
GPH-GU 2325 Behavioral and Communication Strategies for Global Epidemics: Focus on Polio and Ebola (3)
GPH-GU 5380 Data-Driven Decision-Making in Global Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2320 Data Utilization in Public Health Practice (3)
GPH-GU 2260 Disasters, Complex Systems, and the Social Ecology of Health (3)
GPH-GU 2440 Emerging Disease & Bioterrorism (3)
GPH-GU 2410 Global Burden of Infectious Disease (3)
GPH-GU 2342 Global Issues in Public Health Nutrition: Obesity and Diabetes (3)
GPH-GU 2230 Global Non-Communicable Disease Epi and Control (3)
GPH-GU 5120 HIV/AIDS from a Global Perspective (3)
GPH-GU 2275 Nutrition Epidemiology in Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2240 Perspectives in Global Mental Health (3)
GPH-GU 2345 Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response: A Global Perspective (3)
GPH-GU 2344 Reproductive and Pediatric Health: A Focus in Nutrition (3)
GPH-GU 5410 Results-Focused Strengthening of Health Systems in LMIC Countries (3)
GPH-GU 2317 Social Epidemiology Methods (3)
GPH-GU 2319 Writing Grants and Funding Proposals for Health-Related Programs (3)

 

The culminating experience for students in the Epidemiology concentration consists of:

1) a minimum of 180 hours of a practice experience, completed prior to Thesis I, and 2) a two-semester MPH thesis.

GPH-GU 2686 Thesis I: Practice and Integrative Learning Experiences (2)
GPH-GU 2687 Thesis II: Practice and Integrative Learning Experiences (2)
NOTE: Please be advised that the culminating applied practice experience for all concentrations will be revised beginning Fall 2017 and will be effective for students who matriculate in that term.

Year 1:

Fall Semester (12 credits)

GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)
GPH-GU 2140 Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health (3)
GPH-GU 5171 Global Health Informatics Workshop (0)
GPH-GU 5175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)

Spring Semester (12 credits)
GPH-GU 2920 Biostatistics: Regression and Multivariable Modeling (3)
GPH-GU 2450 Intermediate Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3)
Elective (3)
GPH-GU 5180 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health II (0)
GPH-GU 5185 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health III (0)

 

Year 2:

Fall Semester (11 credits)
GPH-GU 2686 Thesis I: Practice and Integrative Learning Experiences (2)
GPH-GU 2110 Health Policy & Management (3)*
GPH-GU 2930 Epidemiology Design & Methods (3)
Elective (3)

Spring Semester (11 credits)
GPH-GU 2687 Thesis II: Practice and Integrative Learning Experiences (2)
Concentration course (3)
Concentration course (3)
Elective (3)
 

Part-time Sample Sequence
Students completing the Epidemiology concentration on a part-time basis will work with an advisor to develop a plan based on the number of credits they would like to take each semester and the number of years they intend to take to complete the degree. Please click here for 3-year and 4-year sample sequences. Note: all students have a maximum of 6 years to complete the MPH requirements.

Epidemiology Course Checklist

The Epidemiology checklist outlines the requirements for the concentration, as well as which core and concentration courses have pre-requisites. Use this tool as you move along in the program to help keep track of the courses you’ve taken, as well as what’s up next.

 

 

Want to Learn More about Epidemiology?

To find out even more about the Epidemiology concentration, including the skills you’ll gain, the courses you’ll take, and the hands-on Applied-Practice Thesis, take a look at our fact sheet (pdf).

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