MPH in Epidemiology

The MPH program provides students with both epidemiologic training as well as broad exposure to other public health disciplines. Our curriculum includes a strong foundation in epidemiologic and biostatistical methods, critical appraisal of the epidemiologic literature, and opportunities for hands-on application of the concepts covered in the classrooms. Our graduates are prepared for positions in government, non-profit, industry, and academic sectors.


Identify, collect, manage, analyze, interpret, and report population-based data to drive control and prevention.


MPH graduates find work in such settings as federal agencies, industry, research settings, health departments.

Click the pie chart to see careers of alumni, by sector.

Careers by Sector

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 as well as your interest in the Rollins School of Public Health. Please address your career goals. 
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • College transcripts
  • The submission of GRE scores are optional for all candidates applying to MPH and MSPH programs for fall 2022 admission.

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

We do not have specific GPA or GRE score requirements. 


Stats for recently admitted students:

Average GPA 3.5

Quantitative GRE (25%, 75%) 155, 163

Verbal GRE (25%, 75%)
154, 160

140 new students join the Department of Epidemiology on average each year.
 24 Average age of Epidemiology Students. 

Application Requirements

DegreeCoursework ReqGPA
EPI MPH One college math and one college science Minimum preferred GPA of 3.0

MPH Degree Requirements

42  credit hours: Includes an  Integrative Learning Experience  and an  Applied Practice Experience.

This degree program is also offered as a dual degree and in part-time format.  For additional information please email

Applied Practice Experience

All Rollins MPH and MSPH students are required to complete a 200-400 hour Applied Practice Experience. 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. 


Students can also choose from a range of Certificates to pursue deeper exploration of specific areas of interests such as Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology, Maternal and Child Health, and Socio-Contextual Determinants of Health among others.

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Integrative Learning Experience - Thesis

Examples of past thesis titles include:

Spatial analysis of attrition along the HIV care continuum in Atlanta metropolitan area

Interaction of cannabis use genes and implicated genes in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in a molecular pathway analysis

Sleep duration, sleep quality, and mental stress-induced myocardial ischemia after acute myocardial infarction

To view theses, click here.

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What is the difference between an MPH and an MSPH in EPI?

The MPH degree is a professional degree that requires 42 hours of coursework, a thesis, and an applied practice experience.

The MSPH degree is a professional degree tailored to students with strong quantitative skills seeking to specialize in epidemiologic research and methods. It requires 48 hours of coursework, a thesis, and an applied practice experience.