masters of public health in epidemiology


MPH students doing a cluster survey

About the program

The Master of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology is designed to prepare students for a career in public health in either applied (e.g., local, state or federal public health agencies) or research settings. By providing students with a comprehensive foundation of population health principles, epidemiological methods and biostatistics, and study design, the MPH in Epidemiology will ensure students are proficient in the skills needed to successfully enter the public health workforce.

UD Tuition

The 2021-2022 UD graduate student tuition rate per credit hour is $1,423.

Tuition Credit

Due to a College of Health Sciences Dean’s Scholarship, the student tuition rate is lower than the published UD graduate tuition rate. The final student tuition rate for the MPH in Epidemiology program is $1,067/credit. Please contact the department for more information. 


The MPH in Epidemiology is a 42-credit graduate program that includes core courses shared across an interdisciplinary core as well as a required applied practice experience and integrative learning experience. Courses in epidemiologic methods and biostatistics are supplemented by courses in epidemiology content areas (e.g., cancer, disaster, public health surveillance) and public health electives from across the University of Delaware

  • Cancer Epidemiology
  • Cardiovascular Epidemiology
  • Disaster Epidemiology
  • Field Epidemiology
  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • Social Epidemiology

** The MPH program offers both 2-year and 3-year course plan options.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related discipline with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Resume, statement of purpose and 2 letters of recommendation.

Application Process Update:  Due to COVID-19, the Epidemiology program is waiving the GRE requirement for our MPH program this year. If you wish to apply without a GRE score, please enter a future GRE exam date into the application when prompted. This need not be an actual exam date. Entering any future date will allow your application to be sent on to our review committee where it will receive full consideration. Reporting your scores is entirely optional. If you chose to not submit a GRE score, this will have no bearing on the competitiveness of your application. If you have any questions regarding this process, email:

For International Students:  As an international student, you will complete the same application process as domestic students to be considered for admission into the MPH in Epidemiology graduate program. You can access the online application through the Apply Now page. The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required of all international applicants (unless your country of residency has English as an official language or you already have been issued a higher education degree earned from an institution in a country with English as an official language). A minimum score of 600 (paper-based test), or 100 (TOEFL iBT) is generally recommended for consideration for admission. **PLEASE NOTE – In response to restrictions related to the current global public health pandemic, the  Graduate College recently announced that additional measures of language proficiency will be accepted for admission  to meet graduate admission requirements.

Applicants may now elect to submit scores obtained for any of the following exams: TOEFL at HomeIELTS Indicator, and iTEP Academic-Plus


UD also offers an MPH in Health Policy and Management, available through the Biden School of Public Policy and Administration. The two MPH tracks share 15 credits of core courses, but diverge in specialized coursework. Applicants to the MPH must apply to a specific track

Application deadlines:

May 31: Priority consideration for admission
July 31: Final deadline to apply