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Application Deadlines

Degree Requirements







Gold, Robert S., Full Member

Liu, Hongjie, Full Member

Graduate Director

Saksvig, Brit, Adjunct Member


Carter-Pokras, Olivia, Full Member

Associate Professor

He, Xin, Full Member

Lee, Sunmin, Full Member

Assistant Professor

Dallal, Cher, Full Member

Nguyen, Quynh, Full Member

Penniman, Typhanye, Full Member

Slopen, Natalie, Full Member

Zhang, Jing, Full Member

Research Assistant Professor

Cruz-Cano, Raul, Adjunct Member

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Epidemiology (EPDM)   

Program Title and Classification


Graduate Degree Program

College: Public Health


Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of disease and injuries, and other health states in human populations. As the fundamental science of public health practice, epidemiology provides the conceptual and applied tools necessary for the study of public health problems. The MPH with a concentration in Epidemiology is a 43-credit professional degree that prepares graduates to work in public health services as practitioners, researchers, administrators, and consultants. A full-time student may complete our program in 2 years. Part-time students may take up to 4 years to complete the program. The majority of courses are offered in the evenings. In addition to coursework, all epidemiology masters’ students are required to complete a capstone experience that occurs after all courses are completed and includes: 1) a project (usually data analysis or a comprehensive literature review); and 2) an internship of at least 240 hours.


Our proximity to the nation’s capital offers students unparalleled opportunities for research experiences in public health, including placements at the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control, Food and Drug Administration, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and many other national, state, and local health agencies.

Admissions Information


Applications should be submitted through the Schools of Public Health Application Service, SOPHAS, at The 2015-2016 application cycle opens in SOPHAS in September, 2014, and all application documents must be submitted via SOPHAS. Remember to designate the University of Maryland School of Public Health, College Park, as one of your school choices along with your desired program. 


The University of Maryland requires a Supplemental Application and a Supplemental Application Fee of $75 for each program. Applicants will receive e-mail instructions for how to complete the Supplemental Application once your SOPHAS application is complete.


Applications for the MPH program with concentration in Epidemiology are reviewed with consideration to the following criteria:

  1. Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA; outstanding performance in quantitative-oriented courses
  2. Undergraduate transcripts
  3. Official GRE scores taken within the past 5 years (GRE scores are required and should be requested directly from ETS for electronic transmission to SOPHAS. Use the SPH code 0485 and the Graduate School Code 5814). Scores should be at least in the 50th percentile for all sections.
  4. 3 letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s academic capabilities and probability of success in graduate school
  5. Statement of Purpose: your statement of purpose should address each of the following questions:
    1. describe your specific interest in epidemiology;
    2. what previous experiences have influenced your decision to pursue a degree in epidemiology; and
    3. how do you believe UMD’s program will help you reach your career goals.
  6. Relevant academic/work experience, including previous coursework in human biology or physiology, and statistical methods.


Applicants to the MPH program with concentration in Epidemiology should be sure to use the major code EPDM when selecting the program on the Supplemental Application.


Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant FallSpring
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
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International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
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Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

Non-thesis only: 43 credits

EPIB 610: Foundations of Epidemiology (3 credits)

EPIB 650: Biostatistics I (3 credits)

HLSA 601: Introduction to Health Systems (3 credits)

HLTH 665: Health Behavior I (3 credits)

MIEH 600: Foundations of Environmental Health (3 credits)

EPIB 611: Intermediate Epidemiology (3 credits)

EPIB 612: Epidemiologic Study Design (3 credits)

EPIB 641: Public Health and Research Ethics (1 credit)

EPIB 651: Biostatistics II (3 credits)

EPIB 697: Public Health Data Management (3 credits)

EPIB 785: Internship in Public Health (3 credits)

EPIB 786: Capstone Project in Public Health (3 credits)

Electives (6 credits)



Facilities and Special Resources

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics faculty includes individuals with multi-faceted interests in both epidemiology and biostatistics. Our faculty has multi-faceted interests and expertise in the epidemiology of infectious disease and chronic disease with particular focus in the areas of HIV/STIs, cancer, health disparities, cardiovascular disease, obesity/physical activity, and sexual and reproductive health. Additional areas of specialization include social and behavioral determinants of health, aging, cultural competency, and community-based interventions. Biostatistics faculty apply statistical techniques including survival and longitudinal analysis, computational statistics, statistical analysis of genomic and proteomic data, machine learning, neuroimaging statistics, (network) meta-analysis, missing data analysis, Bayesian hierarchical methods, and bioinformatics to analyze and interpret health data.





Director, Graduate Studies: Brit I. Saksvig, PhD

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, 2234 School of Public Health Bldg. (#255)

University of Maryland, College Park

MD, 20742

Telephone: 301-405-2491


Associated Information




Environmental Health Sciences (MIEH)