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Undergraduate Programs

BA in Epidemiology

This major has 15 required courses and two pre-requisite courses. The epidemiology major leads to a bachelor of arts degree and satisfies the social sciences requirement of the Rochester Curriculum.

Key goals for this major:

  • Understand the theories, concepts, and skills required to assess population health
  • Understand the methodologies used to examine factors associated with the development and prevention of disease
  • Apply the basic tools necessary for analysis of data applicable to public health outcomes

Major Requirements

Some of these courses require prerequisites. These prerequisites are not counted toward the major. Prerequisites can be found on the courses page or in the CDCS.

Pre-requisite Mathematics Courses (Two Courses)

MTH 161: Calculus IA
MTH 162: Calculus IIA

Note: Students can also take MTH 141–143

Public Health General Core (Five Courses)

PH 101: Introduction to Public Health I
PH 102: Introduction to Public Health II
PH 103: Concepts of Epidemiology
STT 212: Appl. Stat. for the Biological and Physical Sciences I or STT 211: Appl. Stat. for the Social Sciences
PHL 228 (PHL 228W): Public Health Ethics or PHL 225 (PHL 225W): Ethical Decisions in Medicine

Specific Core Requirements (Five Courses)

PM 414: History of Epidemiology*
   *PM 414W valid until spring 2018
PM 415: Principles of Epidemiology 
STT 216: Appl. Stat. for the Biological and Physical Sciences II
MTH 218: Introduction to Mathematical Models in the Life Sciences
PM 412: Survey Research

Electives (Five Courses)

I. Epidemiology

Choose four of the following:

  • PM 413 (H): Field Epidemiology
  • PM 418 (W): Cardiovascular Epidemiology
  • PM 424 (W): Chronic Diseases Epidemiology
  • PM 451 (W): Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
  • PM 442 (W)(H): Nutritional Epidemiology
  • PM 470 (W): Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
  • PM 489 (W): Injury Epidemiology and Emergency Care Research Methods
  • BST 465: Design of Clinical Trials
  • PH 201W: Environmental Health
  • PH 394D: Health Department Internship*
  • PH 397W: Community Engagement Internship**

*Open to juniors, seniors, Take 5, and e5 public health majors; permission of EPD faculty advisor required
**Open to juniors, seniors, Take 5, and e5 public health majors; permission of EPD faculty advisor required

Students may to use up to 2 PH internship courses towards their public health major.

II. Statistics

Choose one of the following:

  • MTH/STT 201: Introduction to Probability
  • MTH/STT 203: Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
  • STT 218: Integrative Categorical Data Analysis
  • STT 221W: Sampling Techniques
  • STT 276: Statistical Computing in R
  • STT 277: Introduction to Statistical Software and Exploratory Data Analysis
  • STT 226W: Introduction to Linear Models

Upper-Level Writing Requirement

Students are required to register for two upper-level writing courses within this major. The courses designated with (W) have writing requirements that would satisfy the Rochester Curriculum’s upper-level writing requirement. Students should register for the “W” section; for each PM (W) course there is a cap of five students who can register for the writing component.

Overlapping Major Courses

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the public health-related programs, no more than two courses may overlap between a public health major and another major.

Transfer Credit

Students are permitted (with the approval of their public health faculty advisor) to use up to two transfer courses towards their public health program.