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About this Concentration

According to the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), applied epidemiology is using research to:

  1. Define and track disease for informed decisions
  2. Develop effective interventions
  3. Evaluate public health services and health care
  4. Communicate data to health professionals, stakeholders, and the public
  5. Emphasize epidemiological methods for creating health policy

ODU's MPH concentration in Applied Epidemiology and Public Health Data Analytics is designed to prepare you with strong epidemiological and analytical skills to solve pressing public health issues. You will learn to approach problems through a multidisciplinary and evidence-based lens.

You will graduate with strong foundations in applied epidemiological and statistical methods as well as data management, data visualization, and data analysis using modern statistical software.

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Careers in Applied Epidemiology and Public Health Data

With this MPH concentration, you will graduate well-versed in the skill sets needed to work in positions such as:

  • Entry Level Epidemiologist
  • Statistical Analyst
  • Research Analyst
  • Health/Clinical Data Science Researcher
  • Data Manager
  • Health Analytics Specialist
  • Infection Control Professional

Bright Outlook

Employment of epidemiologists is projected to grow 30 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than average.
— Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Sept. 2020