Requirements and Curriculum

This 3+2 program consists of three years of undergraduate coursework in the BS in public health where you will complete core public health courses, followed by two years of the MS in epidemiology coursework.


BS in Public Health Courses

Public Health Coursework (28 credits)

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

  • PUB 101 Introduction to Public Health
  • PUB 102 Historical and Contemporary Public Health Problems
  • PUB 200-level
    • Select two (2) 200-level PUB courses numbered 200-279
    • total of 6 credit hours minimum
  • PUB 310 Biological, Personal, and Environmental Influences on Health and Disease
  • PUB 315 Asking and Answering Scientific Questions in Public Health (4 credits)
  • PUB 320 Models and Mechanisms for Understanding Public Health Issues
  • PUB 325 Interventions to Improve Public Health
  • PUB 330 Systems and Policies for Public Health

Students in the Public Health BS are waived from the following major requirements if admitted to the 3+2 program:

  • PUB 300/400 Select three 300/400-level PUB courses numbered 340-379 or 400-479 (total of 9 credits)
  • PUB 494 Capstone:  Modern Public Health Problems and Solutions (4 credits)

Additional Coursework

Students entering the major take a Communication Literacy II course.

  • ENG 358 Writing in the Health Sciences

Courses from other disciplines (19 credits)

  • PGY 300 Human Physiology (4 credits)
  • CHE 101 General Chemistry (4 credits)
  • CHE 113 General Chemistry Lab (1 credit)
  • PSC 101 Introduction to American Politics
  • PSY 101/SOC 101
    • Select either PSY 101 Introductory Psychology or  SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • STA 119 Statistical Methods (4 credits)

MS in Epidemiology Courses

Required Graduate Coursework (33 credits)

Principles and Methods of Epidemiology Core Courses

  • EEH 501 Principles of Epidemiology (4 credits)
    Must be completed in the first semester.
  • EEH 502 Advanced Methodology (3 credits)

Statistical Methods Courses

  • EEH 505 Application of Biostatistics to Epidemiology I (3 credits)
    Must be completed in the first semester.
  • STA 527 Statistical Analysis I (4 credits)
    Must be completed in the first semester.
  • STA 528 Statistical Analysis II (4 credits)

Professional Development

MS students are required to sign up for 1 credit of EEH 650 in the fall and spring semesters of the second  year of their program of study. MS students are required to sign up for 0 credits in all other semesters in the program. (2 credits total)

MS Thesis Guidance

  • EEH 600 Thesis Guidance (4 credits)
Credit hours total 24 for required core courses.

Epidemiology Electives

Choose three of the following courses.

Offered every year

  • EEH 510 Principles of Measurement in Public Health (3 credits, spring semester)
  • EEH 570 Cancer Epidemiology (3 credits, spring semester)
  • EEH 573 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (3 credits, fall semester)
  • EEH 575 Epidemiologic Applications to Environmental Health (3 credits, fall semester)
Offered every other year (check schedule)
  • EEH 571 Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Disease (3 credits)
  • EEH 572 Nutritional Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • EEH 577 Perinatal Epidemiology (3 credits)

Credit hours total 9 for required epidemiology elective courses.

Graduate Seminar

  • EEH 591 Graduate Seminar (0 credits)

Public Health Course Waived

  • CHB 550 Public Health and Population Wellbeing, required for the MS degree, is waived for students with an undergraduate degree in public health.

Students need a total of 33 credit hours for the MS degree.

Students can petition to take courses outside the listed electives or at the PhD level if the course is relevant to their future career plans and they obtain permission of the course instructor and the MS/PhD graduate director.