Epidemiology & Biostatistics Concentration

Epidemiology & Biostatistics

MPH Degree Course Requirements (6 courses)

Required Public Health Core and Breadth Courses

There are 6 required core and breadth courses for all students earning a MPH Degree. These courses, taken primarily in the first year of the program, provide students with a foundation in the concepts and competencies relevant to addressing determinants of health, using both qualitative and data-driven approaches.

– PHW200G: Health and Social Behavior

– PHW200F: Intro to Environmental Health Science

– PHW200E: Health Policy and Management

– PHW142: Introduction to Probability and Statistics

– PHW250: Epidemiologic Methods

– PHW289: Interdisciplinary Seminar

Epidemiology & Biostatistics Course Requirements

Students in our Epidemiology and Biostatics study the factors that underlie health and disease in human populations, including the analysis of data to develop and evaluate strategies for disease prevention and control. In this online program, students will acquire proficiency in both epidemiology and biostatistics and will be able to immediately apply these skills to improve the effectiveness of public health programs.

Required Courses (16 units)

– PHW241R: Categorical Analysis
– PHW250B: Epidemiologic Methods II
– PHW290: Intro to R for Public Health
– PHW219: Introduction to Survey Methods
– PHW 272C: Applied Spatial Data Analysis for Public Health

Elective Options (3 Courses)

To complete the 42 units required for the MPH degree, students in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics concentration select 3 elective courses. There is the option to select these courses to complete one of our study focus areas described below. If you don’t see your interest area here, reach out for advising. We will work with you to tailor your program. A full list of courses can be found in our course catalog.

– PHW 257: Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response
– PHW260: Infectious Diseases
– PHW253: Outbreak Investigation
– PHW272A: Intro to GIS for Public Health
– PHW272B: Platforms for Data Collection & Mapping
– PHW212: Foundations of Global Health
– PHW213: Global Health Ethics
– PHW236A: Regulatory Science, Drug Development, and Public Health

Interested in infectious disease epidemiology and control?

The intersection of Epidemiology and Infectious Disease involves the study of factors that determine the distribution of health and disease in human populations. The infectious disease curriculum is designed to emphasize the biology and molecular biology of host-pathogen interactions. The epidemiology curriculum is focused on evidence-based methods of infectious disease control, including public health preparedness.

– PHW 260: Infectious Diseases (3 units)
– PHW 253: Outbreak Investigations (3 units)
– PHW 257: Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Management (3 units)

Interested in improving healthcare outcomes globally?

Global Health offers students from different levels of public health background an opportunity to apply fundamental principles toward improving population health at a global level. Through diverse courses taught by global health faculty from UC Berkeley and UCSF Global Health Sciences, students gain a trans-disciplinary perspective of how global challenges are being addressed in the field across public health and health science disciplines. Students will be trained on how to integrate new knowledge with their professional and personal experiences.

– PHW212: Foundations of Global Health (3 units)
– PHW209: Comparative Health Systems (3 units)
– PHW213: Global Health Ethics (3 units)

Interested in how spatial data can inform healthcare decisions?

Spatial Data Science for Public Health immerses students in the field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), which is becoming increasingly central to public health practice, methods, and techniques. As locational information is aligned with health data, public health practitioners increasingly rely on geo-data to increase impact.  Students in this track will be empowered to process, manipulate, and visual-spatial data while working in their own areas of interest.

– PHW272A: Intro to GIS for Public Health (3 units)
– PHW272B: GIS for Public Health Practice (3 units)
– PHW272C: Applied Spatial Data for Public Health (3 units)

Interested in public health programs to improve healthcare outcomes?

Community Health Sciences offers a combined study of populations, including historically marginalized groups, to include ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status, drawing upon epidemiological, anthropological and demographic research. This track encompasses the use of program planning tools, behavioral determinants of population health, exposure to evaluation methods, and real-world practice with survey methods in addressing population needs.

– PHW205: Program Planning (3 units)

– PHW218: Evaluation of Health & Social Programs (3 units)

– PHW219: Social and Behavioral Research: Introduction to Survey Methods (3 units)

Interested in drug safety, market access and the cost of prescription drugs?

Regulatory Science concerns “the development and use of tools, standards and approaches to more efficiently develop products and to more effectively evaluate produce safety, efficacy and quality with the overarching objective objective of improving global health". With the increasing role of regulatory agencies as knowledge stewards and broker’s (data sets), comes the expansion of the regulatory mission, from solely protection, to the protection and promotion of the health of the public.

– PHW209: Comparative Health Systems (3 units)
– PHW236A: Regulatory Science, Drug Discovery and Public Health (3 units)
– PHW226F: Cost-Effectiveness Analysis (1 unit)