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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)

MATH 161: Calculus IA
MATH 162: Calculus IIA

Note: Students can also take MATH 141–143

Public Health General Core (Five Courses)

PHLT 101: Introduction to Public Health I
PHLT 102: Introduction to Public Health II
PHLT 103: Concepts of Epidemiology
STAT 212: Appl. Stat. for the Biological and Physical Sciences I or STAT 211: Appl. Stat. for the Social Sciences
PHIL 228 (PHIL 228W): Public Health Ethics or PHIL 225 (PHIL 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 
STAT 216: Appl. Stat. for the Biological and Physical Sciences II
MATH 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
  • PHLT 201W: Environmental Health
  • PHLT 394D: Health Department Internship*
  • PHLT 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 PHLT internship courses towards their public health major.

II. Statistics

Choose one of the following:

  • MATH/STAT 201: Introduction to Probability
  • MATH/STAT 203: Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
  • STAT 218: Integrative Categorical Data Analysis
  • STAT 221W: Sampling Techniques
  • STAT 276: Statistical Computing in R
  • STAT 277: Introduction to Statistical Software and Exploratory Data Analysis
  • STAT 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.