MSPH Global Epidemiology

The Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) in Global Epidemiology (GLEPI) is a joint program offered by the Department of Epidemiology and the Hubert Department of Global Health. The GLEPI MSPH degree provides global context for the epidemiologic training and is 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 in global settings, and gain additional abilities in advanced epidemiologic methods.


MSPH graduates find work in such settings as health departments, federal agencies, the World Health Organization, CARE, private industries, as well as research settings requiring advanced epidemiologic method skills in global settings. 

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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. Global Epidemiology program applicants should additionally summarize relevant public health experience (working with underserved populations, volunteer or mission experience, Peace Corps or AmeriCorps service).
  • 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%) 159, 164

Verbal GRE (25%, 75%)
156, 164

Application Requirements

DegreeCoursework ReqGPA


One college level science and college level calculus

Minimum preferred GPA of 3.5

Applicants to the MSPH program in Global Epidemiology need to meet the admission criteria for both the Epidemiology (EPI) and Global Health (GH) Departments. GLEPI students have an aptitude for the methodological rigor of epidemiology, a population-oriented approach to public health, and a demonstrated concern for underserved populations.

It is recommended that students have:

  • Prior experience relevant to global health

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

Integrative Learning Experiences

The global epidemiology applied practice experience and thesis must involve underserved populations or low-resource settings locally, domestically, or internationally.

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:

HPV Vaccine and Health Decision Making Behaviors among University Undergraduates

Factors that affect Culex mosquito feeding choice in Atlanta, Georgia

Investigating the association between small-area violent crime and preterm birth in Atlanta, GA: 1998-2006

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

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.