Master of Public Health

CDE Thesis award winners

2013 Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Social and Behavioral Sciences thesis award winners. Left to right: Osama Zayyad, Raj Kumar, Anna Kruse, Hannah Rose Mitchell, Jennifer Sanderson and Bianca Carrion.

The program in Chronic Disease Epidemiology emphasizes the acquisition of skills in epidemiologic and biostatistical methods that can be applied to a variety of problems covering both descriptive and analytic epidemiology. Students also gain knowledge of common chronic diseases and their epidemiology. Among the resources available to students are the Yale Cancer Center, the Connecticut Tumor Registry, the Yale Center for Perinatal, Pediatric, and Environmental Epidemiology, and the The Yale Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center.  Students in the Social and Behavioral Sciences program learn to apply their skills to observational studies in psychosocial epidemiology and to health promotion/disease prevention interventions.

MPH Competencies

Core Competencies

Upon completing the core curriculum of the MPH program, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge base in the disciplines of biostatistics, chronic and infectious disease epidemiology, health systems, public policy, social and behavioral sciences, and environmental health.
  • Apply basic research skills to specific public health problems in both group and individual settings, including the ability to define problems; construct, articulate and test hypotheses; draw conclusions; and communicate findings to a variety of audiences.
  • Explain the interrelationships between a multitude of factors that can impact on a public health problem, including scientific, medical, environmental, cultural, social, behavioral, economic, political, and ethical factors.
  • Review, critique, and evaluate public health reports and research articles.
  • Apply public health concepts, principles, and methodologies obtained through formal course work to actual problems experienced in the community or work environment.
  • Critically evaluate programs, interventions, and outcomes that relate to public health practice.
  • Apply ethical standards and professional values as they relate to the practice of public health.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the social context within which public health professionals practice.

CDE Competencies

Upon receiving an MPH degree with a concentration in Chronic Disease Epidemiology, the student will be able to:

  • Evaluate the scientific merit and feasibility of epidemiologic study designs      
  • Describe the epidemiology of common chronic diseases with more in-depth knowledge of a specialty area     
  • Synthesize information from a variety of epidemiologic and related studies
  • Design and carry out epidemiologic studies, with minimal supervision     
  • Analyze data and draw appropriate inferences from epidemiologic studies at an intermediate level       
  • Demonstrate oral and written communication and presentation skills to effectively communicate and disseminate results to various professional and community audiences
  • Describe basic pathophysiologic and/or psychopathologic mechanisms
  • Identify, interpret, and use routinely collected data on disease occurrence
  • Review, critique and evaluate epidemiologic reports and research articles at an intermediate level
  • Apply basic principles of health promotion and disease prevention to prevent and control chronic diseases.

Curriculum

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Yale Online Course Information

The M.P.H. degree requires a total of 20 course units. The M.P.H. in Chronic Disease Epidemiology requires the student to complete or acquire an exemption from the following courses. All “a” courses are offered in the fall term, and “b” courses are offered in the spring term. Full time students must carry a minimum of 4 course units each semester.

Requirements
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CORE REQUIREMENTS

Course Units


BIS 505a, Introduction to Statistical Thinking I

1


BIS 505b, Introduction to Statistical Thinking II

1


CDE 505a Social and Behavioral Foundations of Health

1

CDE/EMD 508a, Principles of Epidemiology I

1

EPH 100a, Professional Skills Seminar

n/a

EPH 515b, Introduction to Research and Professional Ethics Seminar

n/a

One of the following two:

EHS 510b, Introduction to Environmental Health

1

EHS 503a, Introduction to Toxicology

1


One of the following two:

HPM 510a, Introduction to Health Policy and Health Systems

1

HPM 560b, Health Economics and US Health Policy

1


To fulfill the Public Health Practice requirement, choose one of the following three:

EPH 542b, Practice-Based Community Health Research

1

EPH 500b, Public Health Practicum

1

EPH 520c, Summer Internship (Approval Required)

n/a

EPH 520c, Summer Internship (required whether or not used to fulfill the Public Health Practice Requirement)

n/a

DEPARTMENTAL  REQUIREMENTS

CDE 516b, Principles of Epidemiology II

1

CDE 523b, Measurement Issues in Chronic Disease Epidemiology

1


CDE 534b, Applied Analytic Methods in Epidemiology

1


CDE 525a and b, Seminar in CDE and SBS

n/a


EPH 525, Thesis

2

One of the following four:

CDE/EHS 502b, Physiology for Public Health

1

CDE 532b, Epidemiology of Cancer

1

CDE 535b, Epidemiology of Heart Disease and Stroke

1

CDE 562a, Nutrition and Chronic Disease

1

One of the following Biostatistics courses:

BIS 511a, GIS Applications in Epidemiology and Public Health

1

BIS 540a, Fundamentals of Clinical Trials

1

BIS 623a, Applied Regression Analysis

1

BIS 625a, Categorical Data Analysis

1

BIS 626a, Gerontologic Biostatistics: Stat. Methods for Clinical Research

1

BIS 628b, Longitudinal and Multilevel Data Analysis          

1

BIS 630b, Applied Survival Analysis

1

Revised 7/21/14

Recent Internships

Advisory Board CommitteeHealth Care ResearchUS
University of St. Andrews Medicine  United Kingdom
New Haven Health Department Health DepartmentUS
Hawai’i Department of Health (Graduate Student Epidemiology Program)Family Health Services Division (FHSD)US
Center for Supporting Community Development InitiativesN/AVietnam
PILI 'OhanaN/AUS
Yale School of Public Health, Yale Program on AgingSocial Behavorial SciencesUS
Clinton FoundationAlliance for a Healthier Generation--Healthy Schools ProgramUS
University of New Mexico Health Sciences CenterDepartment of Pharmaceutical SciencesUS
National Cancer Institute Center for Cancer Research- Behavioral Science Core/ POB    US
ChildObesity180Research and EvaluationUS
Yale School of Public HealthEnvironmental Health ScienceUS
Yale School of Public HealthSkin Cancer ResearchUS
Los Angeles County Dept of Public HealthMaternal, Child, and Adolescent ProgramsUS
Allegheny County Health DepartmentEpi/BiostatsUS
Yale School of Public HealthUS
Bridgeport HospitalManagement/AdministrationUS
New York PresbyterianPerioperativeUS
The Degge Group, Ltd.ResearchUS
Centre of Excellence for Research in AIDS, University of MalayaDowns ResearchMalaysia
The New Haven Mental Health Outreach for Mothers (MOMS) PartnershipUS
The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) Memorial HermannBrain Injury CenterUS
Los Angeles County Department of Public HealthOffice of Health Assessment and EpidemiologyUS
Yale School of Public HealthSocial Gerontology LaboratoryUS
Fundacao Oswaldo Cruz/Brazilian Ministry of HealthPathology and Molecular BiologyBrazil
Yale School of NursingUS
American University in Beirut (AUB) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Faculty of Health Sciences (AUB)Lebanon
YSPH Downs FellowshipResearch conducted at University of the West Indies (UWI)Jamaica
NYC Dept. of Health & Mental HygieneNYC Project LAUNCHUS
Aetna FoundationUS
Yale UniversityZambia
Ghana Health ServiceNational AIDS/STI Control ProgrammeGhana
University of Utah SurgeryUS
Microclinic International    ResearchUS
Yale School of Public HealthCDE/SBSUS
University of California San Diego School of MedicinePediatrics: Child Development and Community HealthUS

Recent thesis topics:

  • Perceived Difficulty Accessing Care and Prescription Drug Adherence 30-Days Post-Myocardial Infarction
  • Impact of Marital Stress on Medication Adherence and Physician Follow Up after Coronary Heart Disease Events
  • Remote monitoring of Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators from 2006 to 2010: Patterns of utilization and the impact of new Current Procedural Technology codes
  • Providing Breast Cancer Survivors with Survivorship Care Plans: A Feasibility Study
  • Effect of Exercise on VO2max in breast cancer survivors taking aromatase inhibitors: The Hormones and Physical Exercise (HOPE) Study
  • Associations Among Inflammation and Cancer-Related Fatigue in Breast Cancer Survivors
  • Lymphedema in ovarian cancer survivors: Assessing diagnostic methods and risk factors
  • Risk Factors and Consequences of Substance Use in Post-Conflict Liberia
  • Association of Acculturation and Dietary Behavior Among Adult Latinos from the Los Angeles County Health Survey 2007
  • The role of race in the association between weight status and risk-taking behaviors in adolescents
  • Characteristics and Clinical Outcomes of People Living with HIV/AIDS Participating in a Home-Delivered Meal Program in New Haven, CT
  • Hepatitis C Virus Infection and Prostate Cancer Risk: a Population-Based Case-Control Study Using the SEER-Medicare Dataset
  • Early Parental Predictors of Adolescent Obesity in Santiago, Chile
  • The Impact of Pre-Injury Levels of Depression among Complicated and Uncomplicated Cases of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury on Functional Outcomes 3 months post-Injury
  • Regional Variation in the Costs of Prostate Cancer Care in the United States
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Samples of Positions at Graduation: 2013, 2012, 2011             

  • San Francisco Department of Public Health, Project Coordinator, San Francisco, CA
  • The American University in Beirut, Program Manager, Beirut, Lebanon
  • County of San Diego, Epidemiologist, San Diego, CA
  • Michael Allen Company, Research Associate, Darien, CT
  • CSTE/CDC - New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Fellow, New York, NY
  • Neurology Dept. Yale School of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
  • UConn Health Center, Research Assistant, Farmington, CT
  • Altamed, Jr. Medical Informatics Reporting Analyst, Los Angeles, CA
  • Humana, Analyst, Louisville, KY
  • GlobalData, Epidemiologist, New York, NY
  • The Peer Health Exchange, Program Associate, San Francisco, CA