MPH in Environmental Health and Epidemiology

The Environmental Health and Epidemiology (EH-EPI) master of public health (MPH) degree program provides students with a professional research degree focusing on analytical and quantitative epidemiology, biostatistics, and environmental and occupational health. The EH-EPI MPH program prepares students to be at the cutting edge of researching pressing environmental and epidemiological health concerns, as they are required to take the most quantitative epidemiology and biostatistics course sequences at Rollins. Students in this program are dedicated to becoming epidemiologists working with an environmental health perspective. Many students choose to also complete a certificate program along with their MPH. This program is jointly offered by the Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health and the Department of Epidemiology and is administered by the Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health. 


Critical Skills Gained

  • Exposure Assessment
  • Environmental and Occupational Health Policy
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Toxicology
  • Epidemiologic Analysis
  • Epidemiologic Modeling
  • SAS Programming

Job Opportunities

  • Epidemiologic Research
  • Federal Environmental Health Agencies
  • Industry
  • Consulting Firms
  • Non-Profits
  • Universities


The full-time program is designed to take two years to complete; part-time can take up to five years, depending on the number of credits taken each semester. The Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health also requires that all students complete both a college-level biology and chemistry course prior to matriculation. For more information on prerequisites, GRE requirements, funding resources, and more, please visit our FAQ page.

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Admission Requirements

  • SOPHAS Application
  • College Transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume

Department Requirements

Degree Coursework Requirements GPA GRE Scores

At least one semester of college-level biology and chemistry required. See FAQs for details about these requirements. 

Statistics, calculus, and organic chemistry also preferred 

Successful applicants typically have 3.5 GPA or higher The submission of GRE scores are optional for all candidates applying to MPH programs for fall 2024 admission.GRE scores are waived for applicants with a PhD from a U.S. institution.

MPH Degree Requirements

  • 44 Credit hours, including:
    • 14 Credits of core coursework
    • 30 Credits of required program courses (including 4 credits of Integrated Learning Experience (ILE))
  • 200 Hours working in an Applied Practice Experience (APE)

Applied Practice Expereince

All Rollins MPH students are required to complete a minimum of 200 hours applied practice experience (APE). An APE is a unique opportunity that enables students to apply practical skills and knowledge learned through coursework to a professional public health setting that complements the student’s interests and career goals. In most cases, students can use a part-time work position, graduate assistantship, or internship 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 to meet the APE requirement.

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Integrative Learning Expereince

In addition to the Applied Practice Experience, students are required to complete an integrative learning experience (ILE) project that demonstrates knowledge and skills gained in the MPH program. An integrative learning experience calls for students to integrate and apply the competencies they developed during the course of their study, practicum, and/or related field experiences. Some examples of what ILEs can be include conducting original research, analyzing data, interpreting study results, program evaluation, needs assessments, proposal writing and outreach work with community partners.

To help guide the ILE process, students enroll in EH 591 and EH 592 the fall and spring of year two, respectively. All students are required to formally present their projects prior to graduation. For examples of past ILEs organized by general topic, please visit our Interest Area pages.

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