MSPH Epidemiology

The Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) in Epidemiology is a professional degree designed for students with strong quantitative skills seeking a more in-depth education in epidemiologic methods. This degree program is particularly well-suited for students who are interested in a research-focused career.


  • Identify, collect, manage, analyze, interpret, and report population-based data to drive control and prevention
  • Develop additional abilities in advanced epidemiologic methods 


MSPH graduates find work in such settings as federal agencies, industry, research settings—particularly those required advanced skills in epidemiologic methods, and 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 and Epidemiology as well as your  interest in 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.


Stats for recently admitted students:

Average GPA 3.7

Quantitative GRE (25%, 75%) 162, 167

Verbal GRE (25%, 75%)
12, 161

of Epidemiology students are in the MSPH program 

Application Requirements

DegreeCoursework ReqGPA


College level calculus and one college science

Minimum preferred GPA of 3.5

MSPH Degree Requirements

48 credit hours: Includes a Thesis  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 minimum of 200 hours applied practice experience (APE). The 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 APE requirement. The APE 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. 

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Integrative Learning Experience - Thesis

Examples of past thesis titles include:

Disproportional demographics and tumor characteristics of cancer cases treated in Commission on Cancer (CoC) versus non-CoC accredited hospitals in Georgia

An investigation of the variation of level of lesion of spina bifida in all births in the presence and absence of maternal folic acid supplementation in China, 1993-1996

Associations of base excision repair genotypes with incident, sporadic colorectal adenoma according to antioxidant enzyme genotypes and oxidative balance-related environmental exposures

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

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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, an integrative learning experience, 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.