MPH Elective Course Option: Epidemiology and Public Health Research Methods


Courses in epidemiology and public health research methods are designed for students seeking to develop a deeper understanding of public health by using data to improve the ways we prevent and track disease. Students study data-driven research that measures health outcomes and diseases across various population categories.

Elective Courses

With MPH@GW, you will complete 9 to 11 elective credits. Interested in epidemiology and public health research methods? Consider choosing the following elective courses to match your interests:

  • Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • Global Child Health (2 credits)
  • Evaluation of Nutrition Program (1 credit)
  • Global Vaccinology (2 credits)
  • Epidemiologic Based Strategies for Global Infectious Disease Control (2 credits)
  • Cost Effectiveness Analysis of Health Promotion Interventions (3 credits)
  • Researching Violence Against Women (2 credits)
  • Qualitative Methods/Health Promotion (2 credits)
  • Marketing and Research for Public Health (3 credits)

What Can I Do With Epidemiology and Public Health Research Methods?

Epidemiology and public health research professionals are constantly analyzing health information and collecting new data to develop public health awareness about the origin of diseases and the best possible ways to treat and prevent them.

Reviewing and evaluating dense scientific information is at the heart of epidemiology and public health research. Organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) employ professionals who specialize in investigating complex data structures for patterns that may reveal new ways to resolve public health issues around the world.

Career Outlook

Employment of epidemiologists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 20261. Professional work settings for epidemiologists include government agencies, hospitals, medical laboratories, state health agencies and veterinary clinics. Professionals with a background in epidemiology may be able to pursue careers in a variety of fields, including:

  • Social and community health research
  • Public health program evaluation
  • Infectious disease control
  • Health policy research and evaluation
  • Public health data dissemination
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