Epidemiology Degree Programs

Fast Track Master of Public Health (5th Year Program)

Fast Track Master of Public Health (5th Year Program) 2017-18

The Fast Track Master of Public Health (5th Year Program) provides an exceptional educational experience to undergraduate students. It is our goal to educate high quality graduates who will excel not only in traditional didactic training but also in skills that are gained through problem solving, hypothesis testing, technical skills development, data analysis, data interpretation, and professional writing. This University-wide program will allow students to receive exceptional training in Public Health from our trained faculty.

Course of Study

Undergraduate students will complete the core requirements prior to their undergraduate degree. Upon graduation, students will complete their departmental requirements, electives, PUH 697: Internship, and PUH 695: Public Health Integrative Experience. 

Junior Year:

Fall: Core Class (BST 601ENH 600 onlineHCO 600EPI 600) or EPI 610
Spring: Core Class (BST 601 online, ENH 600HB 600HCO 600 online)
Summer: Core Class Online (ENH 600EPI 600HB 600HCO 600)
Senior Year:
Fall: Core Class (BST 601,ENH 600 onlineHCO 600EPI 600) or EPI 610
Spring: Core Class (BST 601 online,ENH 600HB 600HCO 600 online)
Summer: Core Class Online (ENH 600EPI 600HB 600HCO 600)
5th Year Graduate School
Fall: Departmental Courses: 12 hours
Spring: Departmental Courses: 12 hours 
Summer: Internship: 3 hours and PUH 695: 1 Hour

 


Departmental MPH Core Courses

Students may be required to register for their department core courses. Students should speak with their program coordinator before registering.

  • BST Students - BST 621 and BST 622, Statistical Methods
  • ENH Students - ENH 611, Environmental & Occupational Exposure Assessment
  • EPI Students - EPI 610, Principles of Epidemiologic Research
  • HB Students - HB 624, Advanced Theory and Practice in Behavioral Science

 


Admissions

The Process

  • Students must have a minimum of 60 hours and a maximum of 90 hours.
  • Applications are completed through the Graduate School's Apply Yourself application portal.
  • Individual departments will review the completed application and interview the applicant. 
  • Admission decisions are determined by the departments.

If you have questions regarding the Fast Track MPH Program, please contact SOPH@uab.edu.

 

Please note: We do not offer the Fast Track MPH program in the Department of Biostatistics.

 

Admission Requirements

Fast Track admissions requirements include:

  • A 3.25 GPA.
  • Between 60 and 90 hours of undergraduate coursework.
  • GRE - Verbal: 147, Quantitative: 150, and 3.5 in Analytical Writing. 
  • Completed admission application through the UAB Graduate School website.
  • An official copy of current UAB undergraduate transcript.
  • Three letters of recommendation: one from the current academic advisor and the remaining two from current or previous college course instructors. Electronic submission is preferred; however, referees can mail a letter in a sealed envelope.
  • An interview with the Departmental Program Director (at the discretion of the department).
  • A career statement describing their interests and goals and a one-page academic resume of academic activities including awards and community service.

If you receive financial aid assistance or scholarships, please speak with the UAB Financial Aid Office at 934-8223 prior to submitting an application to discuss financial coverage of graduate coursework.

Interested students can apply by going to the UAB Graduate School website and clicking on the Apply to Graduate School Online link. The Program that you are applying to is Public Health Fast Track (MPH). Please include your department of interest in the application essay section.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student and Academic Services at (205) 934-4993 or email Angela Sullivan, Admissions Coordinator, at amsulli@uab.edu.

Master of Public Health in Epidemiology

 

Master of Public Health in Epidemiology - (also EPI Fast Track)

Program Description

This program is intended for persons who anticipate careers in public health practice. In addition, students who wish to enter doctoral-level training should consider majoring in epidemiology at the master's level. Graduates of the MPH in Epidemiology may assume faculty or research positions in academia or management positions in government or industry if they have other professional degrees (e.g., MD, DDS) as well. Graduates of the program without professional credentials generally assume mid-level positions in academia, industry or government. The MPH in Epidemiology in-person program typically takes 4 semesters or 16 months of full-time coursework to complete. Part-time coursework generally takes students at least 6-8 semesters to complete.

Admission

Applicants must meet the requirements for admission to the UAB School of Public Health and must demonstrate their aptitude for biological sciences and mathematics by virtue of their college transcripts and GRE scores. The Department of Epidemiology admits MPH students for the Fall and Spring terms each year. Interested applicants should apply at: www.sophas.org. International students should also submit a World Education Services (WES/ECE, or similar) transcript evaluation along with your application materials. The deadline to apply through SOPHAS for the MPH program is April 1st each year for Fall admission and November 1st each year for Spring admission.

Curriculum

For full-time students in our MPH program, and for those students opt to complete our accelerated graduation plan...all core courses can be completed within the first two semesters of enrollment except for PUH 695: Integrative Experience, which MUST be taken in the last semester of enrollment or graduation term (with the exception of graduation in the Summer term, when students would regsiter for PUH 695 in the Spring term). For in-person on campus MPH students, BST 601, EPI 610, EPI 626 and HCO 600 can be taken in the first Fall term of enrollment for a total of 13 credit hours. EPI 625, ENH 600, and HB 600 (with an optional elective) can be taken in the first Spring term of enrollment. MPH students are eligible to regsiter for the required Internship course (EPI 697) as early as their first Summer term of enrollment, or when all core classes have been completed. Students then have the option to choose to regsiter for our 4 credit hour elective course selecting from Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases or Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases. Students then have the option to register for 9 credit hours of electives with the selection from a list of the most popular Epidmeiology elective classes. If students opt to regsiter for both EPI of Chronic Diseases (4 hours) and EPI of Infectious Diseases (4 hours), one of the 4 credit hour classes will be able to be counted towards the 9 credit hours of elective coursework requirmenet.

 

Master of Public Health in Epidemiology (Online)

Master of Public Health in Epidemiology (Online)

Program Description

This program is intended for persons who anticipate careers in public health practice. In addition, students who wish to enter doctoral-level training should consider majoring in epidemiology at the master's level. Graduates of the MPH in Epidemiology may assume faculty or research positions in academia or management positions in government or industry if they have other professional degrees (e.g., MD, DDS) as well. Graduates of the program without professional credentials generally assume mid-level positions in academia, industry or government. The MPH in Epidemiology typically takes 4 semesters or 16 months of full-time coursework to complete. Part-time coursework generally takes students at least 6-8 semesters to complete.

Admission: Applicants must meet the requirements for admission to the UAB School of Public Health and must demonstrate their aptitude for biological sciences and mathematics by virtue of their college transcripts and GRE scores. The Department of Epidemiology admits MPH students for the Fall,  Spring, and Summer terms each year. Interested applicants should apply at: www.sophas.org. International students should also submit a World Education Services (WES/ECE, or similar) transcript evaluation along with your application materials. The deadline to apply through SOPHAS for the MPH program is April 1st each year for Fall admission and November 1st each year for Spring admission.

Curriculum

Students in the MPH online program take 21 total hours of cor classwork. MPH core courses can be taken in the first two semesters of enrollment except for students who are completing the degree program at the part-time level. The PUH 695Q Integrative Experience course or capstone course, MUST be taken in the last semester of enrollment or graduation term. For Online MPH Students...EPI 610Q, EPI 626Q, ENH 600Q, and HB 600Q can be taken in the first Fall term of enrollment. EPI 625Q, BST 601Q, and HCO 600Q can be taken in the first Spring term of enrollment. MPH online who complete their core classes by the beginning of their first Summer term, are eligible to regsiter for their Internship required course (EPI 697Q) as early as their first Summer term of enrollment. The Internship course is required to be take after the completion of all corre classes. Students then complete 9 hours of electives coursework in which they can choose from a list of the most popular Epidemiolgoy electives offered.

EPI Elective Requirement

EPI 602Q Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases and EPI 605Q Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases are two required four hour elective courses in which students choose to take either one or the other course towards the completion of the MPH degree program. EPI 602Q is offered each Fall and EPI 605Q is offered each Spring.

Master of Science in Public Health in Applied Epidemiology

Master of Science in Public Health in Applied Epidemiology

Program Description

The MSPH program in Applied Epidemiology is an academic research degree designed for students who wish to receive education and training in epidemiologic research methods.  Completion of didactic course work and a thesis research project are required.  This degree can be completed in as little as 4 semesters or 16 months of full-time course work. 

Admission

The online application to the MSPH-Applied EPI program can be submitted at www.sophas.org. International students should also submit a World Education Services (WES/ECE, or similar) transcript evaluation along with your application materials. The deadline date to apply for admission is April 1st each year. The Department of Epidemiology admits students in the Fall and Spring terms each year.

Curriculum:

A total of 42 credit hours must be earned to receive the MSPH in Applied Epidemiology degree. Of these 42 total hours, 22 hours are taken to complete the Core requirement (9 semester hours of masters level project research EPI 699 is included in the 22 core credit hours). Students then complete 11 hours of Applied EPI Concentration courses, 4 hours of a required EPI Elective choosing from Epidemiology of Chronic Dieseases or Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases, and 5 hours of track-specific relevant elective credits. Students must consult their academic advisor for approval of track-specific relevant elective credits. During the last term of enrollment or final term of graduation, the student is required to complete his/her final thesis project defense and presentation. The final thesis paper is required to be of publishable quality. 

Master of Science in Public Health in Clinical and Translational Science

Master of Science in Public Health in Clinical and Translational Science

There is a growing interest in medical and other health science schools in developing the clinical research skills of faculty members and fellows. This interest has been fueled by increased support from the NIH to prepare such individuals to meet the demand for clinical investigators in the field. Locally, the Schools of Medicine and Public Health have combined efforts to create a training program for young faculty members and fellows from a variety of disciplines.

Program Description

This program is a post-medical or other health science degree training program, aimed primarily at residents in training, fellows, and faculty members interested in developing skills required for clinical research. It is anticipated that this academic training will supplement extensive training in the content area in which the student is trained, and senior mentoring in the politics and policies of project development and management. A graduate of this program will have the academic training to develop and lead independent research programs and projects. The program consists of a core set of courses common to all students, plus research elective and focus elective courses that reflect the academic interest of the student. At this time, the program can accommodate students with specific interest in Biostatistics (CRBS), Epidemiology (CTE), and Health Behavior (CRHB). As a result, there will be some variation in the specific knowledge and skills acquired by each graduate. However, the primary learning objectives will apply to all students, irrespective of departmental affiliation. As such, graduates will be able to do the following upon completion of the program:

  • design, conduct, and evaluate clinical research studies
  • understand issues of data collection and study management
  • follow appropriate policies and procedures relating to the utilization of human subjects in clinical research
  • demonstrate an understanding of the ethics of research on human subjects
  • prepare competitive applications for extramural research funding
  • prepare manuscripts for publication in the scientific literature critically evaluate published research

Admission

Applicants should possess a medical or other health science professional degree. They may be in their final years of training as residents or fellows or hold positions as junior faculty members. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for applications to all MSPH programs in the School of Public Health. The GRE may be waived at the discretion of the committee, for applicants who have been pre-screened by the clinical investigator training grant committee of the School of Medicine. The applicant must produce three letters of reference. A medical/health sciences mentor should be identified and a setting where the student can gain experience in conducting clinical research. A faculty member within the School of Public Health will be assigned as an advisor based on the stated interests of the applicant. Please submit your application online through the UAB Graduate School.  The application deadline for the MSPH degree program is April 1st for Fall admission and November 1st for Spring admission.

Curriculum

The MSPH in Clinical and Translational Science consists of a minimum of 42 semester hours. Of these, 22 core hours are required, including 6 hours of specific Biostatistics courses and 9 hours of Masters Level Directed Research (EPI 699). Students then complete 13 hours of Clinical Research Concentration courses, 4 hours of either Epidemiology  of Chronic Diseases or Epidemiology of Infectious diseases to fulfill the elective required course, and 3 hours of Track-Specific relevant elective credits. The MSPH program requires a thesis research project, paper, and final defense presentation. The final thesis research project presentation is completed during the last enrollment term or graduation term. The final thesis paper is expected to be of publishable quality. Generally students in our MSPH-CTE program take 18-24 months to complete the coursework, but this is dependent upon each individual student's clinical work and/or rotation schedules.

Master of Science in Public Health in Pharmacoepidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research

Master of Science in Public Health in Pharmacoepidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research

Program Description

The MSPH-PCER program is an academic research degree that is designed to provide students with special training in Epidemiology research methods as applied to Pharmacoepidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research. This MSPH concentration will present introductory and advanced topics relevant to the field of Pharmacoepidemiology and will include material on information sources used for research in these fields, sources of bias, study designs, analytical approaches, issues of interpretation of research results, and relevant policy and regulatory activities. All trainees will complete a final thesis defense and presentation during their last term of enrollment or graduation term, that typically will be in the form of one or more papers suitable for publication and addressing a topic in Pharmacoepidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research. A number of databases are available for trainee projects.

 Admission

The online application to the MSPH-PCER program can be submitted at www.sophas.org. International students should also submit a World Education Services (WES/ECE, or similar) transcript evaluation along with your application materials. The deadline date to apply for admission is April 1st each year. The Department of Epidemiology admits students in the Fall and Spring terms each year.

Curriculum

A total of 43 credit hours must be earned to receive the MSPH in Pharmacoepidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research. Of these 43 total hours, 22 hours are taken to complete the Core requirement (9 semester hours of required masters level project research EPI 699 is included in the 22 core credit hours). Students then complete 13 hours of PCER Concentration courses, 4 hours of the elective course requirement selecting from either Epidemiology of Chronci Diseases or Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases, and 4 hours of Track-Specific relevant electives (with the advisor's approval). During the last term of enrollment or final term of graduation, the student is required to complete his/her final thesis paper and defense presentation. The paper is expected to be of publishable quality.

 

Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology

Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology

Program Description

The PhD program emphasizes epidemiologic study design and data analysis.  The program is designed to prepare exceptionally qualified individuals for a career of research and teaching.  Admission is competitive.  Applicants should have earned a Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH), Master of Science (MS) degree or equivalent, with a strong background in epidemiology and statistics.  Students who complete the degree will master the skills required for conducting independent research in epidemiology, with a firm background in epidemiology, biostatistics, and information management.  Specific areas of concentration include chronic disease, infectious disease, molecular epidemiology, and injury epidemiologic methods. Further details of the program may be obtained by contacting the Program Director, Dr. Sadeep Shrestha at sshrestha@uab.edu. You may also contact the Coordinator of Gradute Academic Programs, Kimberly Hawkins King at hawkinsk@uab.edu, or (205) 975-9749. For financial aid and funding questions regarding our PhD program and doctoral students you may also contact Kate Sreenan at ksreenan@uab.edu or (205) 934-7184.

Admission

Interested students should apply on-line through the UAB Graduate School.  Please submit all academic transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation, GRE scores, your personal goals/career goals statement, a current copy of your CV/resume, etc... along with your application for admission. International students should also submit a World Education Services (WES/ECE, or similar) transcript evaluation along with your application materials. The Department of Epidemiology admits PhD students in the Fall term each year. The application soft deadline date is April 1st each year (Feb. 1st to be consided for financial assistance). All International applications for admission should be submitted by the hard deadline date of May 15th.

Curriculum

To earn the PhD degree in Epidemiology students must complete a minimum of 60 total credit hours of academic course work. Of this 60 credit hour minimum, 18 semester hours are required and include Biostatistics and Epidemiology courses. 24 semester hours must be earned in doctoral level didactic Epidemiology courses and/or advanced Biostatistics courses. GRD 717 Principles of Scientific Integrity is also a reqired course that students take in the program. Students must also complete at least 12 semester hours of directed research (EPI 798) and 12 semester hours of dissertation research (EPI 799). Additionally, students must complete at least two semesters in candidacy (of EPI 799) before being allowed to graduate.

Epidemiology PhD Website:  www.soph.uab.edu/epi/phd-program

 

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