MPH in Global Epidemiology

The Department of Epidemiology and the Hubert Department of Global Health work collaboratively to offer a master of public health (MPH) in global epidemiology (GLEPI). 

This service and research-oriented program is designed to provide students with qualitative and quantitative research methodologies that enable graduates to contribute to global health


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


MPH graduates find work in such settings as health departments, federal agencies, the World Health Organization, CARE, private industries, research settings, and more.

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Admission Requirements

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

  • College transcripts
  • GRE scores
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Resume (optional)

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

We do not have specific GPA or GRE score requirements. However, due to the strength of our applicant pool, admission is very unlikely if the score on any of the three portions of the GRE is below the 60th percentile.


Stats for recently matriculated students:

GPA average 3.6

Quantitative GRE 159

Verbal GRE 158

Analytical writing assessment 4.5


Application Requirements

DegreeCoursework ReqGPAGRE Scores


One college math and one college science

Minimum preferred GPA of 3.0 Above 60% in verbal and quantitative components preferred

Applicants to the MPH program in global epidemiology need to meet the admission criteria for both the Epidemiology (EPI) and Global Health (GH) Departments. GLEPI students have an aptitude for the methodological rigor of epidemiology, a population-oriented approach to public health, and a demonstrated concern for underserved populations.

It is recommended that students have:

  • Strong quantitative ability—as demonstrated through math and science classwork and GRE scores
  • Prior experience relevant to global health

 Competitive applicants to the GH department are often those who have already worked for two years or more in a low- or middle-income setting, whether internationally or within the US. 

MPH Degree Requirements

42  credit hours: Includes a  thesis  and a  practicumThis 42-credit-hour MPH program is offered as: A traditional, four-semester format  An accelerated, three-semester format (requires departmental approval) Part-time 

Culminating Experiences

The global epidemiology practicum and thesis must involve underserved populations or low-resource settings locally, domestically, or internationally.


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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Examples of past thesis titles include:

Tuberculosis in Fulton County, Georgia, 2008-2014: Risk markers for isoniazid mono-resistance and a pilot study of novel spatial methods.

Maternal socioeconomic status and the odds of failing to receive preconception counseling: an epidemiologic study using 2009-2011 PRAMS data

Variability in case and mortality between WHO/MOH and HealthMap curate news reports during the West Africa Ebola outbreak

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

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

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 a practicum.