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Public Health Modeling Concentration

The uniqueness of Yale’s Public Health Modeling Concentration is that it is available to all Master of Public Health students. Because we believe that modeling offers a useful lens through which to understand and improve the public health, we encourage our students to broaden their public health education in various departments with the perspectives and experiences the Public Health Modeling Concentration offers. Students who complete this concentration will be well prepared to take positions in a variety of organizations—public and private, local, national, and international—dedicated to understanding and shaping the complex forces that drive population health. MPH students in our traditional two–year program may complete this concentration while they satisfy the requirements of their respective departments or programs.

For Students who Expect to Graduate in 2024

Students enrolled in the YSPH Public Health Modeling Concentration must fulfill the requirements of their respective departments or programs. In addition, the Public Health Modeling Concentration requires the student to complete:

Public Health Modeling Concentration Course Requirements (4 course units)

Students must complete at least one of the following introductory courses:

  • EMD 553 Transmission Dynamic Models for Understanding Infectious Diseases - 1 unit
  • HPM 570 Cost-Effectiveness Analysis and Decision Making - 1 unit

Students must complete at least one of the following intermediate courses:

  • HPM 573 Advanced Topics in Modeling Health Care Decisions - 1 unit
  • BIS 567 Bayesian Statistics - 1 unit
  • EMD 538 Quantitative Methods for Infectious Disease Epidemiology - 1 unit

Students must complete a total of at least three of the five courses listed above.

Students must complete the following two course requirements:

  • EPH 520 Summer Internship (a substantive modeling component is required) - 0 units
  • EPH 580 and 581 Seminar for Modeling in Public Health (two semesters) - 0 units

Students must complete one additional elective course chosen from the list of pre-approved elective courses.

Pre-Approved Elective Courses for the Public Health Modeling Concentration

Disease & Ecology Modeling

  • EMD 531b Genomic Epidemiology
  • * EMD 538a Quantitative Methods In Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • ENV 740 Dynamics: Ecological Systems
  • CDE 619a Advanced Epidemiologic Research Methods
  • E&EB 678 Mathematical Models & Quantitative Methods in Evolution & Ecology


  • S&DS 238/538a Probability And Statistics
  • S&DS 563 Multivariate Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences
  • ENV 758 Multivariate Data Analysis in the Environmental Sciences
  • S&DS 251/551 Stochastic Processes (Wu)
  • S&DS 565 Applied Data Mining and Machine Learning
  • BIS 557a Computational Statistics
  • * BIS 567 Bayesian Statistics
  • BIS 568 Applied Machine Learning in Healthcare
  • EHS 566a / CDE 566a, Causal Inference Methods in Public Health Research
  • ENV 781 / S&DS 674 Applied Spatial Statistics

Policy Modeling/Management

  • * HPM 573b Advanced Topics in Modeling Health Care Decisions
  • HPM/MGT 611a Policy Modeling
  • PLSC 503b Quantitative Methods II: Foundations of Statistical Inference
  • PLSC 504a Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • MGT 879b Healthcare Operations
  • ECON 675a Models of Operations Research and Management
  • CDE 650a Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine and Health Care
  • EMD/HPM 580 Reforming Health Systems
  • EMD 582b/GLBL 716b/EP&E 314 Political Epidemiology

Social Networks

  • SOCY 625a Analysis of Social Structure
  • SOCY 647b Social Processes

Non-methods courses with modeling labs

  • EMD 539b Introduction to Public Health Surveillance

* This course may be used to satisfy the elective requirement by students who do not use it to satisfy the intermediate course requirement.

**Other courses with a substantial modeling component may be substituted as an elective with the approval of the modeling concentration director(s).

rev. 1.13.2023