Public Health student in the KIRC

The accelerated MPH epidemiology program allows high-achieving undergraduate students in the public health major the opportunity to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in public health in five years, rather than the usual six. The five-year program consists of three and a half years in undergraduate status and one and a half years in graduate status

Graduates of the accelerated MPH epidemiology track meet nationally accredited core competencies covering knowledge and skills required of public health professionals. They also have credits of specialized graduate training in public health.

Program Type

Accelerated Master’s

Program Format

On Campus
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Student Spotlight

“What led me to public health was a passion for helping others. I started off as a pre-nursing major when I came into college, and I switched because, with public health, I can have a greater impact with more people.

For me, personally knowing that I have had an impact on someone’s health fills me with a sense of pride and personal satisfaction. The accelerated master’s program not only allows me to pursue my own personal goals, it also allows me to pursue my passion.”

Jarred Wuensch, BS/MPH – epidemiology

Jarred Wuensch, BS/MPH – epidemiology

Accelerated MPH students learn from an integrated multidisciplinary curriculum that bridges theory, research and practice to prepare students to engage in rigorous, collaborative, evidence-informed and reflexive public health practice. They will be able to collect, analyze and interpret epidemiological information, generate theory-driven hypotheses and research questions, and work in true collaboration with diverse community partners to create social change to improve the public’s health and reduce health inequities.

The bachelor’s in public health requires a minimum of 120 credits. The MPH Epidemiology track requires 49 credits. Up to 30 graduate course credits may be double-counted toward the BS in public health.

Undergraduate Courses

At least 33 credits in general education and foundations courses.

Public Health Major Required Courses (48 credits)

PH 101: Introduction to Public Health (3 credits)
PH 142: Exploring Global Environmental Health (3 credits)
PH 201: Public Health from Cells to Society I (3 credits)
PH 202: Public Health from Cells to Society II (3 credits)
KIN 270: Statistics in the Health Professions or other statistics course approved by public health major advisor (3 credits)
HCA 307: Epidemiology for the Health Sciences (3 credits)
PH 302: Health and Disease: Concepts and Contexts (3 credits)
PH 303: Climate Change, the Environment & Human Health (3 credits)
PH 319: Introduction to Health Disparities (3 credits)
PH 327: Foundations for Action in Public Health (3 credits)
PH 346: Environmental Health and Disease (3 credits)
PH 355: Public Health Research Methods I (3 credits)
PH 410: True Lies – Consuming & Communicating Quantitative Information (3 credits)
PH 427: Strategies for Action in Public Health (3 credits)
PH 428: Project Implementation & Evaluation for a Healthy Society (3 credits)
PH 455: Public Health Research Methods II (3 credits)

Elective credits – up to nine credit hours to reach 120 credits.

Graduate Courses

MPH Required Common Core Courses (25 credits)

PH 702: Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credits)
PH 703: Environmental Health Sciences (3 credits)
PH 704: Principles and Methods of Epidemiology (3 credits)
PH 705: Public Health Policy and Administration (3 credits)
PH 706: Perspectives in Community and Behavioral Health (3 credits)
PH 708: Health Systems and Population Health (3 credits)
PH 733: Overview of Qualitative Methods for Public Health (1 credit)
PH 790: Field Experience in Public Health (3 credits)
PH 791: Leadership in Public Health (1 credit)
PH 800: Capstone in Public Health (2 credits)

Required EPI Track Courses (15 credits)

PH 700: Structures of Inequality and Population Health (3 credits)
PH 758: Social Epidemiology (3 credits)
PH 759: Intro to Regression for Understanding the SDOH (3 credits)
PH 761: Epidemiology Field Methods (3 credits)
PH 763: Epidemiology for Equity (3 credits)

“S”electives – Choose one (three credits minimum)

PH 762: Environmental Epidemiology (3 credits)
PH 768: Cancer Epidemiology (3 credits)
PH 769: Critical Perspectives on Nutritional Epidemiology and the Food System (3 credits)

Other classes as approved by MPH faculty advisor.

Electives – Choose two (six credits minimum)

PH 713: Analyzing Observational and Experimental Data (3 credits)
PH 714: Statistical Genetics and Genetic Epidemiology (3 credits)
PH 715: Applied Categorical Data (3 credits)
PH 716: Applied Survival Analysis (3 credits)
PH 717: Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis (3 credits)
PH 727: Program Planning and Implementation in Public Health (3 credits)
PH 728: Program Evaluation in Public Health (3 credits)
PH 729: Survey Research Methods in Public Health
SOCIOL 752: Fundamentals of Survey Methodology (not both) (3 credits)
PH 784: Social and Economic Policy as Health Policy (3 credits)
PH 868: Epidemiologic Links Between Infectious and Chronic Disease (3 credits)
GEOG 726: Geographic Information Science (4 credits)
URBPLAN 692: Special Topics in Urban Planning: Data Analysis and Visualization (3 credits)

Other classes as approved by MPH faculty advisor.

Accelerated MPH Epidemiology Careers

Graduates from the epidemiology track in UWM’s one-year MPH program go on to work in hospitals; city, state or national health departments and labs; community research organizations; and companies producing health-related products, among other opportunities.

Keith Dookeran
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Lorraine Halinka Malcoe
  • Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director
Amanda Simanek
  • Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Ellen Velie
  • Professor, Epidemiology

Epidemiology Faculty Expertise

In epidemiology, faculty research specializations are in the areas of social, community-based, lifecourse and environmental epidemiology. Ongoing research examines health inequities; lifecourse sociocultural and nutritional risk factors for breast cancer; links between psychosocial stress, immune function and chronic disease; social and environmental risk factors for immune dysfunction in aging populations; mass criminalization and community health; the misuse of race as a genetic construct in epidemiologic research; and methodologies for studying gender, race and social class inequalities in health.

Our epidemiology faculty have expertise in: pediatric health, environmental health, infectious disease, aging, nutrition, cancer prevention, violence against women, mental health, structural determinants of health, and community-level interventions.

Epidemiology faculty have collaborated with foreign governments, Indigenous nations, community organizations, community-based researchers, and health justice activists to address children’s environmental health, women’s health and community health. Students enrolled in the epidemiology track of the MPH program will have opportunities to work with a wide array of organizations, such as the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, Diverse & Resilient, and local health departments. 

Overall, our BS/MPH epidemiology program integrates themes of social justice theories, with rigorous epidemiologic methods and community practice to prepare students to utilize the tools of epidemiology to study the distribution and determinants of health, and to advocate for social and health equity in their local communities and beyond.