Illini Union

Community Health:

Master of Public Health

Assess community needs. Develop innovative solutions. Implement impactful programs and policies. Focus on prevention. Build stronger, healthier communities.

Concentration Curriculum: Epidemiology

The concentration courses provide students with an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills that are essential for promotion of health and prevention of diseases in culturally diverse populations.

To fulfill the program’s concentration competencies and gain expertise in this specific discipline of Public Health, all students take five courses relating to Epidemiology. Four out of five courses are pre-determined by the program. Students choose the fifth course that meets the concentration course criteria from within or outside the department.

*pending Illinois Board of Higher Education approval, expected in Spring 2020.

Concentration Curriculum

Code Course
CHLH 578: Applied Epidemiology

Hours: 4

CHLH 594 AB: Advanced Biostatistics

Hours: 4

CHLH 594 AE: Analytical Epidemiology

Hours: 4

CHLH 594 CP: Computer Packages for Health Research

Hours: 2

Concentration course of student’s choice

Hours: 4

Course Descriptions

CHLH 578: Applied Epidemiology

Students receive in-depth coverage of the design and analysis of analytic studies (case-control, cohort, and intervention) with an emphasis on examples from chronic diseases. Group and computer exercises provide hands-on experience in solving epidemiologic problems and analyzing epidemiologic problem sets.

CHLH 594 AB: Advanced Biostatistics

Methods covered in this course will primarily focus on those used to analyze and interpret data collected from observational studies and clinical trials. The course will cover Power & Sample Size Calculations, Descriptive Statistic, General & Generalized Linear Models, Categorical Data Analysis, Longitudinal Data Analysis, and Survival Analysis. This course will also strengthen students’ statistical analysis and programming skills in SAS and/or STATA. Students will have the option to use SAS or STATA to apply each method on course assignments.

CHLH 594 AE: Analytical Epidemiology

This course provides students in-depth coverage of 1) the design of epidemiologic research studies and 2) the analysis of epidemiologic data. This course will expand student’s analytical, writing, and oral communication skills using in-class group exercises, take-home computer exercises, and a course project.

CHLH 594 CP: Computer Packages for Health Research

This class introduces students to SAS and STATA programming for the analysis of public health, clinical and biomedical data. After this course, students should be able to perform basic data management and analysis tasks in SAS and STATA. Students will use both programs to write programs for processing data and performing statistical analyses.

Examples of 5th Concentration Course of Student’s Choice:

Any course on campus fulfilling one or more of MPH concentration competencies in the area of epidemiology qualifies as a concentration course. The table below is not a complete list and courses change annually. Current students must consult with the MPH Program Coordinator before selecting a particular concentration course of choice during the registration process. View List Here.