MPH in Epidemiology

The MPH program provides broad exposure to public health training, with emphasis on epidemiologic approaches. Our curriculum provides a strong foundation in epidemiologic and biostatistical methods with elective flexibility, preparing our graduates for positions in government, non-profit, industry, and academic sectors.


Identify, collect, manage, analyze, interpret, and report population-based data to drive control and prevention


MPH graduates find work in such settings as federal agencies, industry, research settings, health departments.

Click the pie chart to see careers of alumni, by sector.

Careers by Sector

Admission Requirements

As part of the SOPHAS application, all applicants will need to submit the following materials when applying to Rollins:

  • Personal Statement, including your interest in the field of Public Health as well as your interest in the Rollins School of Public Health. Please address your career goals. 
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • College transcripts
  • GRE scores

Detailed information about each of these admission requirements can be found in Admissions.

We do not have specific GPA or GRE score requirements. 


Stats for recently matriculated students:

GPA average 3.5

Quantitative GRE 158

Verbal GRE 157

Analytical writing assessment 4.0

130 new students join the Department of Epidemiology on average each year.
 25 Average age of Epidemiology Students. 

Application Requirements

DegreeCoursework ReqGPA
EPI MPH One college math and one college science Minimum preferred GPA of 3.0

MPH Degree Requirements

42  credit hours: Includes a  Thesis  and an  Applied Practice ExperienceThis 42-credit-hour MPH program is offered as:
A traditional, four-semester format  
An accelerated, three-semester format (requires departmental approval)

A dual degree (requires two semesters in-residence), and 

Applied Practice Experience

All Rollins MPH and MSPH students are required to complete a 200-400 hour The Applied Practice Experience (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 Applied Practice Experience requirement.  The Applied Practice Experience 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. 


Examples of past thesis titles include:

Spatial analysis of attrition along the HIV care continuum in Atlanta metropolitan area

Interaction of cannabis use genes and implicated genes in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in a molecular pathway analysis

Sleep duration, sleep quality, and mental stress-induced myocardial ischemia after acute myocardial infarction

 To view theses, click here.

Catalog & Schedules


Students can also choose from a range of Certificates to pursue deeper exploration of specific areas of interests such as Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology, Maternal and Child Health, and Socio-Contextual Determinants of Health among others.

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What is the difference between an MPH and an MSPH in EPI?

The MPH degree is a professional/practice-based degree that requires 42 credit hours, a practicum, and a thesis.

The MSPH degree is a professional degree tailored to students interested in specializing in epidemiology research and epidemiologic methods. It requires 48 hours of coursework, a thesis, and an applied practice experience.