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The MPH in Epidemiology program provides students with an epidemiological approach to public health, which includes a broad overview to epidemiology, biostatistics, and the environmental influences on health, public health planning, and health services.

Careers

Master’s Program Alumni Careers

Recent graduates hold positions with the following:

  • research assistant positions at state, county, and local health departments
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • National Institutes of Health, including National Cancer Institute and National Institute on Aging
  • hospitals
  • pharmaceutical companies
  • medical and dental school
  • PhD programs in epidemiology or biostatistics

Recent Essay Titles

Master’s Research Titles

  • Trends in Cardiovascular Risk Factor Management in Type 1 Diabetes by Sex: The Pittsburgh EDC Study 
  • Identifying Barriers to Lifestyle Modification through Evaluation of a Community-Based Diabetes Prevention Program
  • Prefrontal Cortex Activation During Dual Task Conditions in Older and Younger Adults
  • Spatial and Temporal Trends of Dengue Hermorrhagic Fever in Myanmar from 2004 to 2014
  • Using Childhood Cancer Incidence Trends over Time as a Surveillance Tool in Evaluating the Health Outcome Impact of Unconventional Shale Gas Development in PA
  • Clinical Trial of High-Dose Green Tea Extract in Hepatocellular Injury in Postmenopausal Women in the United States

Browse additional titles in D-Scholarship | Institutional Repository at the University of Pittsburgh

Epidemiology MPH Advanced Competencies

Graduates will be able to...

  • Assess and apply key sources of data for epidemiologic purposes
  • Conduct advanced epidemiologic analyses using descriptive and inferential statistical approaches
  • Interpret epidemiologic results in a causal framework
  • Evaluate the strengths and limitations of the epidemiologic literature
  • Identify major chronic diseases, their descriptive epidemiology, and risk factors

All graduates also achieve the Council of Education in Public Health’s public health knowledge and foundational competencies for MPH students.

Requirements

  • 45 credits through coursework, practicum experience, and research
  • Foundational public health courses
  • Advanced courses in epidemiology and
  • On-site public health practicum experience
  • Advanced thesis or essay research in an area of specialization

Full program information

Student Handbook
MPH internship information
Program Requirements/Graduation Check Lists
Admissions

Masters Program Contacts

Nancy W. Glynn, PhD
Associate professor of epidemiology, and director of the master’s degree programs
5120 Public Health
412-383-1309
epidnwg@pitt.edu

Lori Smith
Student services manager, and program administrator
5117 Public Health
412-383-5269
smithl@pitt.edu

 

MPH Student News

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EPI's Meg Carr awarded Goldstein scholarship for work on Hepatitis C surveillance 

EPI's Meg Carr awarded Goldstein scholarship for work on Hepatitis C surveillance

MPH student Margaret Carr (EPI ‘20) has been awarded the 2019 Bernard D. Goldstein Student Award in Environmental Health Disparities and Public Health Practice in recognition of her project, "Hepatitis C Surveillance at Allegheny County Health Department". In the award citation, CPHP Director Wendy... (12/12/2019)
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Turning ideas into transformative action: Pitt Public Health students selected as Future Health Leaders 

Turning ideas into transformative action: Pitt Public Health students selected as Future Health Leaders

Complex health issues are easy to determine, but finding solutions can be challenging. Three Pitt Public Health students, ASHLEY SIMENSON (EPI ’19), JESSICA SALERNO (IDM ’20), and KAITLYN SAAL-RIDPATH (HPM ’20) were chosen as part of the inaugural class of Future Health Leaders to present their ide... (10/24/2018)
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Bariatric surgery can reduce risks - but King's study finds it depends how much they can keep off after their operation 

Bariatric surgery can reduce risks - but King's study finds it depends how much they can keep off after their operation

FORBES - Bariatric surgery can reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and death in obese people. But those who gained back 20 percent of weight lost were more than one-third more likely to develop diabetes and two-thirds more likely to have high cholesterol, according to a study conducted by a ... (10/17/2018)
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Stephanie Corey analyzes LGBTQ cancer prevention as cancer epidemiology fellow 

Stephanie Corey analyzes LGBTQ cancer prevention as cancer epidemiology fellow

STEPHANIE COREY (EPI '19) was a part of the 2018 cohort of the Cancer Epidemiology Education in Special Populations (CEESP) Fellowship, funded by the National Cancer Institute. Stephanie executed an independent project where she analyzed HPV, cervical cancer, and anal cancer preventive measures amo... (09/24/2018)
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Emily Fitzpatrick spends practicum conducting hospital visits in Rwanda 

Emily Fitzpatrick spends practicum conducting hospital visits in Rwanda

MPH student, EMILY FITZPATRICK (EPI '19), spent a portion of her practicum in Kigali, Rwanda. One component of her work was conducting hospital visits in more rural parts of the country. These visits were for Type I diabetes education, recording HbA1c test results, height, weight, and blood pressur... (09/24/2018)
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