MSPH in Environmental Health and Epidemiology

The Environmental Health and Epidemiology (EH-EPI) master of science in public health (MSPH) dual degree program provides students with a professional research degree focusing on analytical and quantitative epidemiology, biostatistics, and environmental and occupational health. The EH-EPI MSPH program prepares students to be at the cutting edge of researching pressing environmental and epidemiological health concerns, as they are required to take the most quantitative epidemiology and biostatistics course sequences at Rollins. Students in this program are dedicated to becoming epidemiologists working with an environmental health perspective. Many students choose to also complete a certificate program along with their MSPH. This program is jointly offered by the Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health and the Department of Epidemiology and is administered by the Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health. 



Critical Skills Gained

  • Exposure Assessment
  • Environmental and Occupational Health Policy
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Toxicology
  • Epidemiologic Analysis
  • Epidemiologic Modeling
  • SAS Programming

Job Opportunities

  • Epidemiologic Research
  • Federal Environmental Health Agencies
  • Industry
  • Consulting Firms
  • Non-Profits
  • Universities


The full-time program is designed to take two years to complete; part-time can take up to five years, depending on the number of credits taken each semester. The Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health also requires that all students complete both a college-level biology and chemistry course prior to matriculation. For more information on these course requirements, GRE requirements or financial assistance, please visit our FAQ page.

Admission Requirements

  • SOPHAS Application
  • College Transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • GRE Test Scores—PLEASE NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the submission of GRE scores are optional for all candidates applying to our MPH and MSPH programs for fall 2020 and 2021 admission.
  • Resume

Department Requirements

Degree Coursework Requirements GPA GRE Scores

At least one semester of college-level biology and chemistry required. See FAQs for details about these requirements. 

Statistics, calculus, and organic chemistry also preferred 

Successful applicants typically have 3.5 GPA or higher PLEASE NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the submission of GRE scores are optional for all candidates applying to our MPH and MSPH programs for fall 2020 and 2021 admission. Your GRE scores are waived if you have a PhD from a U.S. institution

MSPH Degree Requirements

  • 48 Credit Hours, which includes - 
    • 4 Credits of Thesis 
    • 14 Credits of Core Coursework
    • 31 Required Program Credits
    • 3 Credits or more of Electives
  • 200-400 hour Applied Practice Experience

Applied Practice Expereince

All Rollins MPH and MSPH students are required to complete a 200-400 hour applied practice expereince (APE). The APE is a unique opportunity for graduate students to integrate and apply practical skills and training learned through coursework in a professional public health work environment. In most cases, students can use a part-time work position, graduate assistantship, or internship to meet the APE requirement. The APE is a significant educational experience that requires a minimum of 200 clock hours in a public health agency, institution, or community under the supervision of a field supervisor and the guidance of the student's department and/or the Office of Career Development.

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Integrative Learning Experience – Thesis

In addition to the Applied Practice Experience, EH-EPI MSPH students are required to complete a thesis project that demonstrates knowledge and skills gained during their program. Completing a thesis enables EH-EPI students to conduct original research, analyze data, interpret study results and gain a competitive edge when applying to research-based jobs.

EH-EPI students have the option to enroll in EH 596-Research Design in Environmental Health, a class that provides guidance on formulating their thesis proposal. All students are required to formally present their thesis prior to graduation. For examples of past theses organized by general topic, please visit our Interest Area pages.

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