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.


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 a practicum, and a thesis


All Rollins MPH and MSPH students are required to complete a 200-400 hour practicum. This practical 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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EMPH students must register for PRS 595R: Practicum (2 credit hours) in order to enroll in the practicum.

EMPH students must also present their practicum experience via a poster presentation during an on-campus session

Sample practicum titles for the Applied Epidemiology track have included:

Notifiable Disease Reporting for Epidemiologists in Georgia

Evolution of Radiation Accidents & Local Treatment Approaches, 1980-2012

Common Variable Immune Deficiency (CVID) and Treatment with Intravenous Immunoglobin (IVIG) in Pregnancy


Examples of thesis titles for the Applied Epidemiology track include:

Pulmonary Hypertension in Steady-State Sickle Cell Disease: Is Elevated Pulmonary Vascular Resistance a Suitable Therapeutic Target?

HIV Testing Among at Risk Adolescent Populations, How Can We Do Better? YRBS, 2005-2011

Evaluation of Socioeconomic Disparities in Visual Field Loss and Glaucoma in the U.S.

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