Prevent the Spread of Disease and Save Lives with a Master of Public Health Degree in Epidemiology!
Diseases are constantly developing and evolving. Take your foundational knowledge in public health and pair it with your fascination about diseases so that you can investigate the issue of disease origin, risk, and prevention. We can help equip you with the master’s degree you need to become a professional in this growing field.
Liberty’s epidemiology specialized public health master’s degree will turn your interest and current skill set into a rewarding career. Learn how to investigate the cause of illness and disease and which population is most at risk. The emphasis in our program is on finding the frequency, pattern, cause, and risk factors associated with a particular outbreak or event.
Additionally, you will examine both infectious and non-infectious diseases, injuries, environmental exposures, natural disasters, and even acts of terrorism! Whether you want to work for a state or local health department, hospital, or private research facility, we have the classes you need to prepare for your future position. Learn how to control health problems from local levels to global so you can make a bigger impact.
Why Choose Liberty’s Public Health – Epidemiology Master’s Degree?
Get more out of your master’s degree with Liberty! Our Master of Public Health (MPH) offers a focus in epidemiology so students like you can become experts in your specialized field. At Liberty, your success is our success. We want to provide a master’s degree in epidemiology that prepares you to achieve your personal and career goals. Earn a degree that helps you stand out to future employers and champion the Christian faith across the world.
Here are some of the major highlights of our epidemiology focused public health master’s degree:
- Liberty University has one of the largest accredited MPH programs in the U.S.
- Our Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accreditation means that you will be eligible for jobs in local government, federal government, and the military.
- Classes centered on extensive hands-on fieldwork led directly by faculty. Receive personal attention as you develop your professionalism and competency.
- Gain a broader perspective of the health field, with coursework from a variety of health-related disciplines.
- Complete a 120-hour practicum at the end of your program, so you can practice professional skills and interact with health professionals.
- Utilize departmental tablets loaded with analytic tools for research and residential coursework.
- Access classrooms and distant education rooms equipped with camera/video capture technology, models, and testing materials.
- Pursue research opportunities of all kinds, including research projects centered on data analysis from our ongoing real-world projects among the underserved of Lynchburg, with Hope of Life in Guatemala, and among the Mixteco in Richmond.
You are standing before a door that leads to a successful, impactful career in public health. We believe we hold the key you need to open it. Partner with our resources, faculty, and facilities to take yourself from health passionate to health professional. It’s time to improve the health of populations around the world. Be a part of something bigger with Liberty.
What Will You Learn in Our Master of Public Health in Epidemiology Degree?
Learn all about diseases and their prevention through our public health degree with a specialization in epidemiology. The core courses in this degree focus on foundational concepts like biostatistics, defining epidemiology, environmental health, research methods in the field, and public health administration.
Our epidemiology courses explore chronic disease prevention and management. Learn how to prevent and control infectious diseases, from small to global scale outbreaks. As you develop your understanding of how diseases are transmitted, you will also learn how to prevent food-borne illness. Overall, this program will help you develop strong research methods, awareness, and critical thinking skills that will greatly help you in your career.
View the Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below for more information!
HLTH 552 – Chronic Disease Prevention and Management
- This course is focused on the leading chronic disease indicators of morbidity and mortality in the United States, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
- Students will study prevention strategies using the ecological framework to examine individual, social, organizational, community, and population levels of prevention.
- Public health measures to reduce chronic disease emphasized.
HLTH 625 – Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases
This course provides the student with the knowledge base necessary to understand the mechanisms of infectious disease transmission, to select specific preventive methodologies in the control of particular diseases and to communicate the rationale for the various control methods.
HLTH 642 – Food-borne Illness Prevention
This course examines current research and governmental initiatives regarding food safety as well as “best practices” for food handling in foodservice systems.
HLTH 650 – Field Epidemiology
- This course presents an overview of the methods used in conducting epidemiologic field investigations, including the collection, analysis, interpretation, and reporting of primary source epidemiologic data.
- Students will learn principles of disease outbreak investigation.
Highlights of Our MPH – Epidemiology Degree
- Liberty’s public health programs are accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
- Join our LU Public Health Student Association to receive career and professional growth opportunities.
- Potential certification in various areas of public health, such as becoming a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).
- Explore over 20 teaching and research laboratories.
- Our faculty are experienced in academia, industry, and government, holding doctoral degrees from leading institutions nationwide.
- Immerse yourself in engaging research projects such as testing the impact of BMI on heart rate, implementing Biosand water filters in Rwanda, collecting data on stress and burnout in the health field, and more!
Public Health – Epidemiology Degree Information
Career Opportunities for Public Health and Epidemiology Master’s Graduates
- Infection Control Epidemiologist
- Food-Borne Outbreak Investigator
- Chronic Disease Epidemiologist
- Hospital Epidemiologist
- Research Epidemiologist
- Clinical Drug Trial Researcher
Admission Requirements for Graduate Degrees
Every application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and all applicants must submit the following documents and meet the minimum requirements for admission:
- Admission application
- Unofficial college transcripts with a completed Transcript Request Form
Self-certification form (for students who are in the final term of their bachelor’s degree)
- Current Liberty undergraduate students seeking preliminary acceptance into a graduate program must complete a graduation application through their ASIST account
- A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with at least a 2.5 GPA for admission in good standing