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:

  • Personal statement including your interest in the field of Public Health and Epidemiology as well as your interest in Rollins School of Public Health.  Please address your career goals. Global Epidemiology program applicants should additionally summarize relevant public health experience (working with underserved populations, volunteer or mission experience, Peace Corps or AmeriCorps service).
  • College transcripts
  • GRE scores
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • GRE scores

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


Stats for recently matriculated students:

GPA average 3.6

Quantitative GRE 159

Verbal GRE 158

Analytical writing assessment 4.5


Application Requirements

DegreeCoursework ReqGPA


One college math and one college science

Minimum preferred GPA of 3.0

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:

  • Prior experience relevant to global health

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) Part-time 

Culminating Experiences

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

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. 

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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

To view theses, click here.

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 an applied practice experience.