School of Public Health

Master of Public Health (MPH)

graduation dayThank you for your interest in the Epidemiology MPH-General Track degree program. Beginning in the Fall of 2020 the MPH programs in all UW School of Public Health departments will introduce a new common core curriculum. These exciting changes will provide students with rigorous, cutting-edge instruction, and integration of research and practice skills in preparation for career success. Epi MPH students will be able to take advantage of the integration between the new MPH curriculum and the UW Department of Epidemiology’s world-class training in epidemiologic methods.

Program Outline
The 64-credit-hour program is typically finished in six quarters of coursework (2 years). It begins in autumn quarter and requires on-site attendance for the majority of the program. You and your peers will move through the core requirements together. Faculty and staff will help you make important connections with partner departments and public health agencies. Our MPH program is designed to provide you with competency across a wide range of knowledge, skills, and activities that will prepare you for a career in epidemiologic practice and research.

Core MPH Curriculum 

MPH students will take a set of core foundational courses during the first year of the program:

  • Autumn:
    •  PHI 511, Foundations of Public Health (3 CR)
    • PHI 512, Analytic Skills for Public Health I (7 CR)
  • Winter
    • PHI 513, Analytic Skills for Public Health II (3 CR)
    • PHI 514, Determinants of Health (3 CR)
  •  Spring
    • PHI 515, Implementing Public Health Interventions (4 CR)
    • PHI 516, Public Health Practice (3 CR)


Core Epi Curriculum

In addition to the MPH core requirements, Epi MPH students will be required to take a set of additional Epi and Biostatistics courses. 

  • EPI 513, Epidemiologic Methods II (4 CR)
  • EPI 510, Epidemiologic Data Analysis (3 CR)
  • EPI 514, Application of Epidemiologic Methods (5 CR)
  • BIOST 512, Medical Biometry II (4 CR)
  • BIOST 513, Medical Biometry III (4 CR)


MPH students gain public health practice experience through a Practicum with a public health organization. A faculty mentored master’s thesis rounds out the program giving you experience in developing, leading, and executing a research project. 

Our Sample Degree Checklist for the Epi MPH General track details requirements for this program.

If you are interested in quantitative data analysis and interpretation, learning about measurement of causes of health and illness in populations, and translating research conclusions into actions that improve public health, our MPH in Epidemiology may be the right choice for you. The skills and knowledge you gain from the Epi MPH program will prepare you for a rewarding career that contributes to public health that is shaped to a strong epidemiologic perspective. Representative career examples include Outbreak Investigator, Study Coordinator, and Surveillance Specialist.  

The Department attracts students nationally and internationally and welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. You must have a Bachelor’s degree or higher by the time of entry. We do not require specific undergraduate courses of study. Typical undergraduate programs of our applicants include public health, quantitative sciences, biological sciences, social sciences, and clinical degrees. 

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