MPH in Epidemiology

The MPH in Epidemiology 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.


Master’s Program Alumni 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

Master’s Research 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

Epidemiology MPH Advanced Competencies

Graduates will be able to...

  • Identify and apply advanced epidemiologic analyses using descriptive and inferential statistical approaches
  • Interpret epidemiologic results in a causal framework
  • Evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic literature
  • Identify major diseases, their descriptive epidemiology, and risk factors
  • Conduct analysis of epidemiologic data using linear, logistic, Cox, and Poisson regression models
  • Describe the clinical trial study design and its application, strengths and limitations

All graduates also achieve the Council of Education in Public Health’s public health knowledge and foundational competencies for MPH students.


  • 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

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