Applied Epidemiology

Applied Epidemiology is a research-based program, where students learn to model diseases and disease indicators in populations. Epidemiology is the scientific foundation of public health research that seeks to reduce risk factors and improve health. The discipline also contributes to public health practice and policy, and research in other related fields such as medicine and pharmacy.

Due to the nature of the curriculum, applied epidemiology applicants should demonstrate strong quantitative and analytical  abilities through one or more of the following: professional work experience, academic history, or valid standardized test score.  If evidence of quantitative and analytical aptitude is missing or incomplete, additional information to assess these skills will be requested.


Students in the applied epidemiology track learn to apply research methods of epidemiological methods to a broad range of settings. Key skills include biostatistics and epidemiological modeling, disease surveillance, research writing, interpretation and analysis.

MPH Degree Requirements- Applied Epidemiology

42 credit hours, successful completion of an Applied Practice Experience (APE), and a thesis.

The EMPH program has given me the mental framework to conduct high-quality epidemiological studies in the field of cardio-oncology. My time in the EMPH program has been valuable, and I have learned epidemiological and biostatistical skills from the highest quality faculty. My thesis mentor is world-renowned in cardiovascular epidemiology, and I continue to learn more from him as I write my thesis. Additionally, my highly motivated colleagues have inspired me in my practice and journey as an academic cardiologist.

Avirup Guha

Applied Practice Experience

All Rollins MPH and MSPH students are required to complete a 200-400 hour Applied Practice Experience (APE). This experience is designed to enhance the student’s understanding and application of knowledge and research findings to public health settings by providing an opportunity to gain practical experience. Public health work environments include nonprofit organizations, hospitals, local health departments, and for-profit firms.

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