MSPH Epidemiology

The master of science in public health (MSPH) degree in epidemiology is designed for students wanting to specialize exclusively in the science of epidemiology with an intense concentration in epidemiologic methods. The MSPH degree offers a more in-depth education in the analytic aspects of epidemiology. 


  • Identify, collect, manage, analyze, interpret, and report population-based data to drive control and prevention
  • Develop additional abilities in advanced epidemiologic methods 


MSPH graduates find work in such settings as federal agencies, industry, research settings—particularly those required advanced skills in epidemiologic methods, and health departments.

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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.
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • College transcripts
  • GRE scores

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


Stats for recently matriculated students:

GPA average: 3.8

Quantitative GRE: 163

Verbal GRE: 155

Analytical writing assessment: 4.0

of Epidemiology students are in the MSPH program 

Application Requirements

DegreeCoursework ReqGPA


College level calculus and one college science

Minimum preferred GPA of 3.5

MSPH Degree Requirements

48 credit hours: Includes a Thesis  and an  Applied Practice Experience

This 48-credit-hour MSPH program is offered in a traditional, four-semester format, or part-time. 

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:

Disproportional demographics and tumor characteristics of cancer cases treated in Commission on Cancer (CoC) versus non-CoC accredited hospitals in Georgia

An investigation of the variation of level of lesion of spina bifida in all births in the presence and absence of maternal folic acid supplementation in China, 1993-1996

Associations of base excision repair genotypes with incident, sporadic colorectal adenoma according to antioxidant enzyme genotypes and oxidative balance-related environmental exposures

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

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.