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Online MPH: Infectious Disease concentration

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A Curriculum Founded on Faith, Focused on Evidence

The online MPH – Infectious Disease program delivers advanced epidemiology expertise through a curriculum founded on Christian principles.

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  • Duration 18 months
  • Cost per Credit $660
  • Credit Hours 42

Program Benefits

  • Explore infectious pathogens and essential concepts of epidemiology
  • No GRE required for admission
  • Flexible online format with 8-week terms

Career-Ready Skills Delivered by Public Health Professionals

Calvin University’s online MPH – Infectious Disease program explores advanced topics in epidemiology and is taught by a faculty of expert educators with years of real-world experience in various health-related work. While following a curriculum founded on Christian principles, educators incorporate their experience into each lesson to ensure you receive the essential skills necessary to address current and emerging infectious disease challenges.

As a student of the online MPH – Infectious Disease program, you’ll develop a professional understanding of the principles of epidemiology and learn to monitor public health in diverse communities on both local and global scales. Once you’ve completed your degree, you’ll have the skills to execute disease prevention and intervention strategies and track the spread of infectious diseases to improve public health and well-being.

Career Outlook: A Growing Need for Public Health Professionals

Calvin’s online MPH – Infectious Disease program administers the advanced cross-disciplinary knowledge necessary for a number of in-demand public health careers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is a growing need for epidemiologists as the field expands at a rate of 5%, which is faster than the average industry growth rate. Professionals in this role earned a median annual salary of $70,990 in 2019.1

Other Careers in Public Health:

  • Research analyst
  • Clinical research coordinator
  • Community educator
  • Patient advocate
  • Policy developer
  • Health-related project manager



Epidemiologists conduct research on trends in infectious diseases, illnesses, and injuries to predict and prevent health risks in communities. 36% of epidemiologists in the United States worked for government agencies in 2019.1

Medical Scientist


Medical scientists work to develop cures and treatments for various diseases through clinical research and experiments. 23% of these professionals are employed by educational institutions.2

Career Outlook

Curriculum: Epidemiology with a Christian Perspective

The online MPH – Infectious Disease curriculum examines public health essentials through a Christian lens. As a student, you’ll complete six foundational courses, six concentration courses (may include electives), an internship, and a capstone course.

Course Spotlight: PUBH 531 Principles of Infectious Disease

This course will introduce students to infectious agents important for public health, including the major viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic agents in global and local health and disease for humans. Topics will include transmission of disease, host-pathogen interactions, mechanisms of disease, host immune response to pathogens, and available vaccines and drugs. Students will also be introduced to infectious disease ecology, including environmental aspects that affect disease transmission and patterns of disease.

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Course Spotlight: PUBH 532 Infectious Disease Epidemiology

This course will focus on the application of epidemiology methods to the investigation of infectious diseases. Students will expand knowledge and understanding of the interactions of infectious agents and their hosts, vectors, and environments by examining epidemiology design, measurement, analysis, and intervention issues associated with the infectious diseases.

More Specialization Options

The Master of Public Health online program offers two concentrations designed to improve your leadership in public well-being.

Master of Public Health: Global Public Health Concentration

The online MPH – Global Health program delivers the effective leadership skills necessary to impact public health in diverse communities across the world.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The Master of Public Health online degree can be completed in as few as 18 months.

Yes. The Master of Public Health online degree offers both part- and full-time options.

The first step is to complete and submit the online application.

The upcoming start dates for the online Master of Public Health program include Aug. 30, 2021 and Jan. 10, 2022.

Yes. You must choose between concentrations in infectious disease and global public health. Visit this program’s curriculum page to learn more about these concentrations.

As a graduate of the online MPH program, you’ll be qualified for a variety of in-demand positions, including epidemiologist, medical scientist, clinical research coordinator, community educator, policy developer, and more. Visit the program’s career outlook page to learn more about the career opportunities that await you after graduation.

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