Requirements and Curriculum

Your program will consist of courses addressing foundational public health knowledge and competency areas, required and elective concentration courses, a field training experience and a culminating project.

The MPH in epidemiology is 49 credits. Students who began before Fall 2018 may complete 47 credits.

Up to 9 credits may be transferred from previous coursework and up to 6 credits may be waived. A minimum of 43 credits must be completed, regardless of any waivers or substitutions.

The program can be completed in four semesters of full-time attendance or up to eight semesters of part-time attendance.

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Advisement

You will be assigned a faculty advisor who will assist you in planning your academic coursework and other program requirements. Learn more about advisement.

MPH Courses

Students should enroll in courses following the schedule below.

  • Part-time students taking courses over multiple years should register for courses in order.
    • For example, if you take two courses per semester, in year one take EEH 501 and STA 527 in your fall semester, and EEH 530 and CHB 501 in your second fall semester.
  • One-year accelerated students combine Fall Semester years 1 and 2 for your Fall schedule, and Spring Semester years 1 and 2 for your spring schedule.
  • Students who began before Fall 2018, see the prior curriculum.

Year 1 Fall Semester (14 credits)

Course order Course Credits Course Type
1. EEH 501 Principles of Epidemiology 4
Foundational MPH course
2. STA 527 Statistical Analysis I 4
Foundational MPH course
3. EEH 530 Introduction to Health Care Organization 3 Foundational MPH course
4. EEH 505 Application to Biostatistics to Epidemiology I (recommended elective) 3
Elective course

Year 1 Spring Semester (12 credits)

Course order Course Credits Course Type
1. EEH 502 Advanced Methodology 3
Concentration course
2. STA 528 Statistical Analysis II 4
Concentration ccourse
3. EEH 550 Environmental Health 3 Foundational MPH course
4. CHB 507 Public Health Professionalism and Teamwork 1
Foundational MPH course
5. CHB 590 Contemporary Issues in Public Health 1 Foundational MPH course

Year 1 Summer Semester (3 credits)*

Course order Course Credits Course Type
1. EEH 544 MPH Field Training* (Students should not contact the Field Training Coordinator until completing all Year 1 courses) 3 Foundational MPH course
  * MPH Field Training (3 credits) can be completed in Summer of Year 1, or in Fall of Year 2.
   

Year 2 Fall Semester (14 credits)*

Course order Course Credits Course Type
1.
CHB 501 Study of Health Behavior 3 Foundational MPH course
2. EEH 573 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases 3
Concentration ccourse
3. EEH 590 Contemporary Issues in Public Health 2
Foundational MPH course
4. Epidemiology elective 3
Elective
5.
EEH 544 MPH Field Training* (Students should not contact the Field Training Coordinator until completing all Year 1 courses)
3 Foundational MPH course
  * MPH Field Training (3 credits) can be completed in Summer of Year 1, or in Fall of Year 2.
   

Year 2 Spring Semester (9 credits)

Course order Course Credits Course Type
1. EEH 520 Biological Basis of Public Health+ 3
Foundational MPH course
2. EEH 630 MPH Culminating Project 3
Foundational MPH course
3. Epidemiology elective 3
Elective

+ This course reviews biological processes of chronic and infectious diseases, which is not covered elsewhere in the MPH. Students who have satisfactorily completed college coursework in human biology, immunology, microbiology, pathophysiology, or anatomy and physiology may be able to replace this course with another concentration elective.

Elective Courses--9 credits

Take recommended elective course:

Plus take two more courses from the list below:

Students can petition to take courses outside their concentration area or at the PhD level if the course is relevant to their future career plans and they obtain permission of the course instructor and the director of graduate studies.

Interprofessional Collaborative Practice

Interprofessional collaborative practice, or the ability to work effectively on teams with professionals across many health or health-related disciplines, is an important competency for public health professionals.

MPH students can earn two interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) digital badges through their required coursework:

  • IPCP Foundations Digital Badge by completing:
    • IPCP Foundational Online Module Series in CHB 507 Public Health Professionalism and Teamwork
    • One fall Interprofessional Forum and one spring Interprofessional Forum in CHB/EEH 590 Contemporary Issues in Public Health
  • IPCP Healthcare Practice Digital Badge by completing:
    • CHB/EEH/STA 544 MPH Field Training

Current students can learn more about interprofessional collaborative practice in the MPH by visiting the MPH Student Resources Portal.

Forms and Documentation

You will complete a series of field training forms before and during your field training experience. You will also complete and submit a field training set of slides about your experience to your advisor. More information about the forms can be found in the MPH Student Resource Portal in UB Learns.

All students must also apply for graduation:
  • Students preparing to graduate must log into My Academics in their student HUB record, click on "Apply for Graduation" and select the MPH program and anticipated graduation semester before the appropriate deadline.
    • See details about applying to graduate in HUB.
  • Contact sphhp-eeh@buffalo.edu for more information. 
Graduation Term Apply to Graduate, in HUB by Conferral Date
Spring February 22 June 1
Summer July 15 September 1
Fall October 15 February 1
Graduation Requirements

To ensure you complete all of the necessary forms, review graduation requirements.

Academic Integrity Policy for Graduate Students

All students should review and be familiar with UB’s policy on academic integrity.

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