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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.

For Students who Expect to Graduate in 2025

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 two of the following foundational courses:

COURSE

TITLE

UNITS

TERM OFFERED

NOTES

EMD 553

Transmission Dynamic Models for Understanding Infectious Diseases

1

Spring

Not offered in 2025

EMD 538

Quantitative Methods for Infectious Disease Epidemiology

1

Fall

EMD 539

Introduction to the Analysis and Interpretation of Public Health Surveillance Data

1

Spring

HPM 570

Cost-Effectiveness Analysis and Decision Making

1

Fall

HPM 573

Advanced Topics in Modeling Health Care Decisions

1

Spring

Not offered in 2025

BIS 567

Bayesian Statistics

1

Fall

S&DS 238/538

Probability and Statistics

1

Fall

Students must complete the following two course requirements:

COURSE

TITLE

UNITS

TERM OFFERED

EPH 521

Summer Internship (a substantive modeling component is required)

0

Summer

EPH 580 and 581

Seminar for Modeling in Public Health (two semesters)

0

Fall/Spring

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


Pre-Approved Elective Courses

Disease & Ecology Modeling

  • EMD 538 Quantitative Methods in Infectious Disease Epidemiology*
  • EMD 553 Transmission Dynamic Models for Understanding Infectious Diseases*
  • EMD 531 Genomic Epidemiology
  • ENV 740 Dynamics: Ecological Systems
  • CDE 619 Advanced Epidemiologic Research Methods
  • E&EB 678 Mathematical Models & Quantitative Methods in Evolution & Ecology

Statistics

  • BIS 567 Bayesian Statistics*
  • S&DS 238/538a Probability and Statistics*
  • S&DS 563 Multivariate Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences
  • ENV 781 / S&DS 674 Applied Spatial Statistics
  • 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 557 Computational Statistics
  • BIS 568 Applied Machine Learning in Healthcare
  • EHS 566a / CDE 566a, Causal Inference Methods in Public Health Research

Policy Modeling/Management

  • HPM 570 Cost-Effectiveness Analysis and Decision Making*
  • HPM 573 Advanced Topics in Modeling Health Care Decisions*
  • HPM 575, Evaluation of Global Health Policies and Programs
  • PLSC 503 Quantitative Methods II: Foundations of Statistical Inference
  • PLSC 504 Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • MGT 879 Healthcare Operations
  • ECON 675 Models of Operations Research and Management
  • CDE 650 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 the Analysis and Interpretation of Public Health Surveillance Data*

* This course may be used to satisfy the elective requirement by students who do not use it to satisfy the mandatory 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. 10.24.2023