Epidemiology (EPDM)

Graduate Degree Program
College: Public Health


Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of disease, and other health states in human populations. As the fundamental science of public health practice, epidemiology provides the conceptual and applied tools necessary for the study of public health problems. The MPH with a concentration in Epidemiology is a 45-credit professional degree that prepares graduates to work in public health services as practitioners, researchers, administrators, and consultants. A full-time student may complete our program in 2 years. Part-time students may take up to 4 years to complete the program. The majority of courses are offered in the evenings. In addition to coursework, all epidemiology master's students are required to complete a 240-hour internship and a capstone project.

Our proximity to the nation’s capital offers students unparalleled opportunities for research experiences in public health, including placements at the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control, Food and Drug Administration, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and many other national, state, and local health agencies.


Xin He, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
2234 School of Public Health Building
4200 Valley Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Telephone: 301.405.2551
Email: xinhe@umd.edu

Website: http://sph.umd.edu/department/epib

Courses: EPIB SPHL

Relationships: Biostatistics (BIOS)  Epidemiology (EPID)

The MPH in Epidemiology program has a two-part application process: applicants must submit the SOPHAS application (www.sophas.org), the centralized application service for schools and programs of public health, and the UMD Supplemental application. Applications will not be reviewed until both the SOPHAS and UMD Supplemental applications are completed.


  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • At least one undergraduate math course (M.S. applicants)
  • Transcripts from all previous coursework
  • English proficiency test score (TOEFL, IELTS or PTE) (international applicants)
  • Statement of purpose and objectives including career and educational goals, professional experience, and areas of interest


  • SOPHAS application & UMD Supplemental application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Fit between applicant's goals and expectations and program degree competencies
  • Official GRE Test Scores submission is optional*. If you decide to submit your GRE scores, please have ETS send scores to SOPHAS (code 0485)

    *The review committee will evaluate GRE scores if they are submitted. The lack of scores will not negatively  impact applications. If submitted, the program considers competitive scores to be 50th percentile or higher in each of the three parts.

Note for applicants with foreign credentials:

For detailed instructions on how to submit your application, please visit the School of Public Health Website: (https://sph.umd.edu/admissions/graduate-admissions/graduate-application-process)



Type of Applicant Fall Deadline
Domestic Applicants
US Citizens and Permanent Residents April 7, 2023
The priority deadline for both the SOPHAS and the UMD applications is December 16, 2022.
International Applicants
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas; A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants March 3, 2023
The priority deadline for both the SOPHAS and the UMD applications is December 16, 2022.


Program Website: https://sph.umd.edu/academics/masters-degrees/mph-master-public-health/mph-epidemiology
Application Process: https://sph.umd.edu/admissions/graduate-admissions/graduate-application-process
Admissions FAQ: https://sph.umd.edu/admissions/graduate-admissions/graduate-application-faqs


The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics faculty includes individuals with multi-faceted interests in both epidemiology and biostatistics. Our faculty has multi-faceted interests and expertise in the epidemiology of infectious disease and chronic disease with particular focus in the areas of HIV/STIs, cancer, health disparities, cardiovascular disease, obesity/physical activity, and sexual and reproductive health. Additional areas of specialization include social and behavioral determinants of health, aging, cultural competency, and community-based interventions. Biostatistics faculty apply statistical techniques including survival and longitudinal analysis, computational statistics, statistical analysis of genomic and proteomic data, machine learning, neuroimaging statistics, (network) meta-analysis, missing data analysis, Bayesian hierarchical methods, and bioinformatics to analyze and interpret health data.

Last Name First/Middle Name Graduate Faculty Status Academic Credentials Positions
Carter-Pokras Olivia Full B.S., Tulane University; M.H.S., Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Professor Emeritus, Epidemiology
Professor Emeritus, Biostatistics
Cruz-Cano Raul Associate B.S., Autonomous University of Chihuahua, 1999; M.S., University of Texas at El Paso, 2002; Ph.D., University of Texas at El Paso, 2005 Associate Research Professor, Epidemiology
Associate Research Professor, Biostatistics
Dallal Cher Full B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1998; M.P.H., Yale University School of Public Health, 2002; M.S., University of Southern California, 2005; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, 2009 Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Associate Professor, Biostatistics
Dyer Typhanye Full B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1995; M.P.H., California State University, Long Beach, 2002; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2009 Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Associate Professor, Biostatistics
He Xin Full B.S., Peking University, 2003; B.A., Peking University, 2003; Ph.D., University of Missouri, 2007 Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Associate Professor, Biostatistics
Graduate Director, Epidemiology
Graduate Director, Biostatistics
Kleinman Dushanka Full B.S., University of Wisconsin; D.D.S., University of Illinois-Chicago College of Dentistry; M.Sc.D., Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine Professor, Epidemiology
Professor, Biostatistics
Lee Mei-Ling Full B.S., National Taiwan University, 1975; M.S., National Tsing Hua University, 1977; M.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1978; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1980 Professor, Epidemiology
Professor, Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Scientific Computation
Professor, Biostatistics
Liu Hongjie Full B.M., Shanghai Medical University, 1993; M.S., UCLA School of Public Health, 1998; Ph.D., UCLA School of Public Health, 2002 Chair, Epidemiology
Chair, Biostatistics
Professor, Epidemiology
Professor, Biostatistics
Lushniak Boris Full B.S., Northwestern University, 1981; M.D., Northwestern University, 1983; M.P.H., Harvard University, 1984 Professor, Epidemiology
Professor, Biostatistics
Ma Tianzhou Full B.S., University of Toronto, 2010; M.S., Yale University, 2013; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2018 Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
Assistant Professor, Biostatistics
Nguyen Quynh Full B.A., Stanford University, 2005; M.S.P.H., UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, 2009; Ph.D., UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, 2011 Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Associate Professor, Biostatistics
Trevitt Jamie Lynne Graduate Teaching M.P.P., Georgetown University, 2006; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2010 Assistant Clinical Professor, Epidemiology
Turpin Rodman Associate B.S., Howard University, 2008; M.S., Howard University, 2012; Ph.D., University of Maryland School of Public Health, 2018 Assistant Research Professor, Epidemiology
Assistant Research Professor, Biostatistics