Applied Epidemiology

Applied epidemiology tracks diseases and disease indicators in populations. It is the scientific foundation of public health research that seeks to reduce risk factors and improve health. The discipline also contributes to public health practice and policy, and research in other related fields such as medicine and pharmacy.

Due to the nature of the curriculum, applied epidemiology applicants should demonstrate strong quantitative and analytical  abilities through one or more of the following: professional work experience, academic history, or valid standardized test score.  If evidence of quantitative and analytical aptitude is missing or incomplete, additional information to assess these skills will be requested.


Students in the applied epidemiology track learn to apply the principles and methods of epidemiological investigation to a broad range of settings. In addition to addressing the core competencies that are part of the Executive MPH (EMPH) program, the curriculum also addresses the applied epidemiology competencies developed by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists.

MPH Degree Requirements- Applied Epidemiology

42 credit hours, successful completion of an Applied Practice Experience (APE), and a thesis.

Applied Practice Experience

All Rollins MPH and MSPH students are required to complete a 200-400 hour Applied Practice Experience (APE). This experience is designed to enhance the student’s understanding and application of knowledge and research findings to public health settings by providing an opportunity to gain practical experience. Public health work environments include nonprofit organizations, hospitals, local health departments, and for-profit firms.

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