Curriculum

The Harvard MPH in Epidemiology is a 45-credit program of part-time study over two years.  This program combines training in the broad based fields of Public Health with a detailed training with the quantitative skills used in epidemiologic investigations.

For a comprehensive overview of the MPH in Epidemiology curriculum, structure and program policies, please consult the MPH in Epidemiology Curriculum Guide.

The first year curriculum provides detailed training in quantitative methods as reflected by the following required courses:

First On-Campus Session: June
    Integrated Introduction to Epidemiology and Biostatistics (This course continues online in July and August)
Online: September through May
  • Analytic Methods for Epidemiology (Fall)
  • Confounding Control: A Component of Causal Inference (Spring 1)
  • Study Designs for Epidemiologists (Spring 2)

The second year curriculum of the program provides training in the other core fields of public health along with required and elective courses covering a variety of topics. These courses include:

Second On-Campus Session: June
  • Core Components in Public Health
  • Ethical and Regulatory Issues in Human Research
Online: July through May
  • Health Economics with Applications to Global Health Policy (Summer)
Fall Electives
  • Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
  • Design and Conduct of Trials in Preventive Medicine
  • Public-Use Databases for Epidemiology and Health Services Research
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods for Public Health
  • Applications for Epidemiology
Spring Electives
  • Decision Science for Public Health
  • Linear and Longitudinal Regression
  • Introduction to Data Mining and Risk Prediction
  • Practical Scientific Methods for Improving Health and Health Care
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • Applications for Epidemiology

Additional elective courses may be developed in subsequent years of this program.