Jul 19, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

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

General Program Information

David Shoham, PhD, MSPH, Chair, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
College of Public Health
Lamb Hall 351
(423) 439-4477
Email: shoham@etsu.edu
College website: www.etsu.edu/cph
Kate Beatty, PhD, MPH, MPH Program Director
College of Public Health
Lamb Hall 168
(423) 439-4482

Jennifer Hunt, MPH, CMRP (AHA-CC), RHA/ACLFA
MPH Coordinator
College of Public Health
Lamb Hall 257
(423) 439-6135
Email: mphcoordinator@etsu.edu

Faculty: Billy Brooks; Ying Liu, Mildred Maisonet, Megan Quinn, David Shoham, Shimin Zheng.

The Master of Public Health (MPH) 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 MPH 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 MPH 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://sophas.aspph.org/. Please check the SOPHAS web site for the application deadlines for your desired start term. ETSU employees and graduate certificate graduates may apply using only the Graduate School’s electronic application system.

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

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: A minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission. Applicants with a GPA of less than 3.2 are encouraged to submit the GRE scores with their application.

For additional information, please contact the MPH Program Coordinator, publichealth@etsu.edu.

Articulation Agreements

Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology and subsequently are admitted into the MPH degree program with a concentration in epidemiology may have up to thirteen (13) of the certificate credits applied toward the degree program of study as long as the courses fall within the matriculation limits.

A student who completes the Graduate Certificate in Global Health and later wishes to pursue the Master of Public Health may apply up to nine credits of the certificate credits into the master’s degree with approval of the degree graduate coordinator and the School of Graduate Studies. All credit, however, must meet the GPA requirements and must be within the six-year matriculation limits. 

Students who have completed the Health Care Management Graduate Certificate may apply, with approval, up to thirteen (13) credits of coursework in the certificate program into the M.P.H., M.B.A., or M.S.N. degree programs.

A student who completes the Graduate Certificate in Health Data Analytics and wishes to pursue the Master of Public Health may apply the certificate credits into the master’s degree with approval of the degree graduate coordinator and the School of Graduate Studies.

Students who have completed the Public Health Graduate Certificate and subsequently are admitted into the MPH may have up to sixteen (16) of the certificate credits applied toward the degree program of study as long as the courses fall within the matriculation limits and a grade of B (3.0) or better was earned for the course.

Public Health, M.P.H. Degree Requirements: 43-46 credits

Core Requirements 16-19 credits
Concentration 12 credits
Advisor Approved Electives 6 credits
Field Experience 6 credits
Capstone 3 credits
TOTAL 43-46 credits

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

Public Health, M.P.H. Core Requirements: 16-19 credits

Advisor Approved Electives: 6 credits

Take 6 credits of Advisor Approved electives. 

Field Experience: 6 credits