Jun 03, 2023  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Health, M.P.H. (Epidemiology Concentration)

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General Program Information

Graduate School Contact:
Alondra Robbins; robbinsad@etsu.edu; (423) 439-4302

Claudia A. Kozinetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., Professor and Chair, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
College of Public Health
The Academic Health Sciences Center at East Tennessee State University
Box 70259
(423) 439-4477
College website: www.etsu.edu/cph

Jennifer Hunt, Lecturer
MPH Coordinator
College of Public Health
Office 51M Lamb Hall
(423) 439-6135
Email: mphcoordinator@etsu.edu

Faculty: Arsham Alamian, Claudia Kozinetz, Ying Liu, Mildred Maisonet, Megan Quinn, Liang Wang, Shimin Zheng.

The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) is a professional degree that offers competency-based preparation for public health practice in five different concentration areas - Biostatistics, Community Health, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, and Health Services Administration. Each concentration provides students with the required knowledge and skills to work in the respective area.

The Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology offers the M.P.H. concentrations for biostatistics and epidemiology. For the other concentrations, please see the appropriate department.

Many courses are available in an online format through distance education technology. The M.P.H. concentration in Epidemiology can be obtained in a fully online format.

Epidemiology is sometimes referred to as the “basic science of public health”. Epidemiologists are health professionals who study health, illness, and injuries in human populations for the purpose of identifying risk factors and causes. Epidemiologists use the knowledge gained to guide disease prevention and control activities. Students taking the epidemiology concentration should have strong skills in mathematics and be analytic and organized in their approach to problem solving.

Program Admission Requirements

Applicants to this program are required to use the online Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) which can be accessed at https://www.sophas.org. The College of Public Health begins reviewing applications in early September and will continue to review applications through the month of May. However, the College of Public Health only admits for the following fall semester. 

The priority application deadline is February 1st (for early admissions decision, consideration for Graduate Assistantships, and Tuition Scholarships).

The final application deadline is June 1st.

Admission to the graduate program in public health is based upon scholarship, letters of recommendation, and evidence of potential for success in a graduate program, including:

  1. A minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75;
  2. Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). *NOTE: When applying through SOPHAS, please use the ETSU College of Public Health GRE code: 7333.

For additional information, please contact the office of the graduate coordinator or the respective graduate program housing your concentration of interest.

The following exemptions may be made for GRE scores:

  1. Applicants who have earned a master’s degree, medical degree or doctoral degree in the health sciences, or other applicable field from a regionally accredited U.S. institution are not required to submit GRE scores; and
  2. Official scores from the GMAT taken within the last 5 years may be submitted in lieu of the GRE. 

The exemption does not apply to graduates of foreign institutions. All applicants who are graduates of foreign institutions are required to submit GRE scores.

For additional information, please contact the MPH Program Coordinator, mphcoordinator@etsu.edu. You may also contact the respective graduate department housing your concentration of interest.

Articulation Agreement

Students who have completed the Epidemiology Graduate Certificate and subsequently are admitted into the MPH with concentration in Epidemiology may have up to fifteen (15) of the certificate credits applied toward the degree program of study as long as the courses fall within the matriculation limits.

Foundational Public Health Course

Students who have not earned a CEPH-accredited degree may be required to complete an additional course:

Public Health, M.P.H. Degree Requirements: 43 credits

Core Requirements 16 credits
Concentration 12 credits
Advisor Approved Electives 6 credits
Field Experience 6 credits
Capstone 3 credits
TOTAL 43 credits

 *See MPH Student Handbook for details on progression in the program including requirement for graduation. 

Advisor Approved Electives: 6 credits

Take 6 credits of Advisor Approved electives. 

Field Experience: 6 credits

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