The Loyola University Chicago MPH degree in Epidemiology is a 42 credit hour program, which provides students with the required skill-set to launch a career in clinical and public health research. The MPH Program in Epidemiology is a hybrid program with both traditional evening coursework (24 credits) and online coursework (up to 20 credits).
The curriculum consists of 5 core courses (15 credit hours), 5 program specific courses (15 credit hours), 3 credits of research specific electives (e.g. Grant Writing, Meta-Analysis or Clinical Trials, Geographical Information Systems), a practicum (1 credit) and the capstone experience (2 credits), and 6 credits of electives.
The courses in Epidemiology (6 credits), Biostatistics (9 credits) and electives in Clinical Trials (3 credits), Grant Writing (3 credits) and Meta-Analysis (3 credits) are taught as evening courses held once a week at the Maywood campus. These evening courses provide interactions with a variety of traditional and non-traditional students who strongly desire to move clinical and public health practice forward and improve health outcomes for all individuals. Students learn to utilize both SAS and STATA software for data management and manipulation. Evening courses may then be combined with online courses that enhance flexibility for the busy student. Students learn to analyze national survey data using statistical software. We encourage students to create research projects based on the student’s public health and research interests. Such projects have included temporal changes in depression in the U.S. population, falls among the elderly and how it relates to arthritis, poverty and kidney disease and how anxiety impacts weight loss. Students may present their research projects at St. Albert’s day at the Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Campus along with other medical students, residents, fellows and faculty. We encourage students to learn how to use both SAS and STATA software for data analysis in order to optimize the marketability of our students.
The Loyola MPH Program in Epidemiology work one-on-one with a practicing researcher to obtain practical training in research methods. The MPH Program in Epidemiology is multi-disciplinary with coursework taught from a variety of disciplines within the framework of public health.