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 (beginning in the Fall term). Part-time coursework generally takes students at least 6-8 semesters to complete.


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 Online students in the Fall,  Spring, and Summer terms each year. Interested applicants should apply at: 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.


Students in the MPH online program take 24 total hours of core 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, and ENH 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 students (admitted in the Fall term each year) who complete their core classes by the end of the first Spring term, are eligible to register for their Internship required course (EPI 697Q) as early as their first Summer term of enrollment. The Internship course is required to be taken after the completion of all core classes. Students then complete 6 hours of electives coursework in which they can choose from a list of the most popular Epidemiology 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.

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