Florida offers a wide range of graduate certificate, master's and doctoral degree programs in the field of epidemiology. Students trying to choose between these programs may consider factors such as program length, available concentrations or unique learning opportunities. Here we explore a few of the program options at various schools throughout the state.
Schools in Florida with Epidemiology Graduate Programs
University of Florida
The University of Florida in Gainesville offers a Certificate in Psychiatric Epidemiology, Master of Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in epidemiology and a Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Epidemiology. The MPH program is available in a traditional format that requires 48 credits and an accelerated format that requires 42 credits and each format requires students to complete an internship experience and special project. The MS program totals 36 credits, requires a thesis and includes a journal club series. The PhD program totals 90 credits, includes a journal club as well, requires a dissertation and offers concentrations in areas like genetic epidemiology, cancer epidemiology, infectious disease epidemiology, gero-epidemiology and psychiatric epidemiology.
University of South Florida
Tampa's University of South Florida provides an MPH, MS in Public Health (MSPH) and PhD programs in epidemiology. The MPH program is available in an online format and students may pursue a concentration in epidemiology or several combined areas of interest, such as epidemiology and biostatistics, epidemiology and maternal and child health or epidemiology and global health practice. The MSPH program requires a thesis, while the PhD program requires a dissertation and can be completed in 5 years. Students may also choose to pursue concurrent degrees in fields like anthropology, physical therapy or medicine and/or certificates in subjects like the concepts and tools of epidemiology.
Florida International University
Florida International University in Miami has an MPH with a concentration in epidemiology, combined Doctor of Medicine (MD)/MPH program, PhD in Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology and graduate certificate in epidemiology. The MPH program is available in a 1-year accelerated format and the traditional 2-year format and requires a practicum experience for hands-on learning. The combined MD/MPH program allows medical students to earn the MPH between their 3rd and 4th years of medical school and requires a public health practicum. The PhD program totals 75 credits and requires a dissertation.
Florida State University
Florida State University in Tallahassee offers a general MPH program that totals 42 credits. Students interested in studying epidemiology can complete their electives in courses like infectious disease epidemiology, chronic disease epidemiology and social epidemiology, in addition to their core courses that include subjects such as public health epidemiology. The program requires an internship experience that totals 200 hours. Students may choose to complete the program in full- or part-time formats.
Common Entrance Requirements
Students applying to epidemiology graduate programs in Florida must have a bachelor's degree and some doctoral programs may prefer applicants to have a master's degree. Applicants typically need to meet a minimum GPA (generally around a 3.0) and specific GRE test scores for admission. Some programs, especially dual programs in medicine, may accept MCAT test scores. Students can also expect to include their transcripts, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose and resume or CV with their application. Some programs, usually at the doctoral level, may also request a writing sample.
Students can earn graduate certificates, MPH, MS or PhD degrees in the field of epidemiology from several schools in Florida. These programs vary in length and available formats and the MPH programs usually include a practicum or internship, while the MS and PhD programs require a final paper.