Epidemiology (EPI)

Point of Contact

Specialization Head: Andrew Grandinetti, PhD Phone: (808) 956-7495

Epidemiology is the study of the distributions and determinants of health-related events in human populations. A basic tenet of epidemiology is that diseases are not randomly distributed in the population. Determining the prevalence and risk factors associated with these events, as well as measuring the magnitude of such occurrences, is the basis of public health action. An essential part of this determination involves the utilization of epidemiologic and biostatistical methods to evaluate the effectiveness of disease control measures.

Students enrolled in the epidemiology specialization are required to take advanced level training in chronic and infectious disease epidemiology, advanced biostatistics, and research design. There is opportunity for students to choose from epidemiology electives in the following areas: infectious diseases, nutrition, genetics, environment, aging, HIV/AIDS, cancer and heart disease. Course work in specialized statistical applications is also available. Students will participate in on-going epidemiological research programs throughout the university system or community through a field work assignment.


Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science (MS)


In addition to meeting the general admissions requirements of the UHM Office of Graduate Education, individuals applying to the epidemiology specialization will be expected to have the academic background, experience, interests, and commitment for professional training in this field. While no specific undergraduate major is required, candidates should have completed one year of coursework in a biological science, chemistry, and at least one semester of calculus is recommended. Applicants must also have computer skills in Microsoft Office and internet applications. Experience in an applied health-related field or biomedical research is preferred.