Master of Science in Epidemiology

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Spring 2016 Graduate

Joyce Danielle Sharpe, MSE

Joyce Danielle Sharpe, MSE

Danielle Sharpe is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Epidemiology in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, where she is a member of the PRISM Health research group, a Bill Anderson Fund Fellow, and an NCAR Early Career Innovator Fellow. Concurrently with her doctoral work, Danielle has worked as a Geospatial Epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since 2018, where she is the coordinator of the CDC Social Vulnerability Index (CDC SVI), a national tool to assist public health and disaster management officials with identifying the most socially vulnerable communities in the context of public health emergencies. Danielle obtained a Master of Science in Epidemiology from the University of Florida in 2016 and a Bachelor of Science in History, Technology, and Society with a concentration in the history of medicine from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in 2014.

Fall 2016 Graduate

Marko Predic, MSE, CIC

Marko Predic, MSE, CIC

Marko Predic is the division vice president of infection prevention for HCA Capitol Division. His background is in microbiology and epidemiology having graduated with both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Florida. He has worked as an infection preventionist at UF Health Jacksonville and the director of infection prevention at HCA Florida Orange Park Hospital. He works closely with 14 directors at 19 facilities within their division spanning Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, and New Hampshire. Marko Predic works closely with local health departments, state health departments, and stays up to date on current CDC recommendations for many diseases and emerging illnesses. Marko has spoken and presented posters at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology conferences in 207, 2018, and 2019. APIC has awarded him awards for best New Abstract and also a team award for Heroes of APIC recognizing his team at UF Health Jacksonville.


Program Information

The Master of Science in Epidemiology degree is a 36-credit program that prepares students for careers in the public health arena that are focused on the surveillance and prevention of illnesses among diverse populations around the world. Students will be trained in the foundational aspects of epidemiology including person, place and time, risk and protective factors, and the social determinants of health. Areas of focus may include: chronic disease, infectious disease, geriatric, environmental, psychiatric, social, cancer and maternal and child health epidemiology.

The thesis is required to demonstrate skill in independent inquiry and investigation, under the tutelage of a mentor.

Graduates of the MS in Epidemiology program will be able to:

  • Apply surveillance, assessment, evaluation, and other foundational epidemiological research designs to all areas of interest,
  • Choose appropriate measurement and analytic methods to study health and disease in a population,
  • Utilize biological, behavioral and social theory to understand how to prevent and intervene to promote the public health.

The program consists of the following requirements:

  • 36 credits of coursework
    • 27 credits of core coursework
    • 5 credits of elective coursework
    • 4 credits of thesis research
  • Formation a Supervisory Committee of at least three members in the first year of the program
  • A 3.0 GPA overall and a 3.0 GPA in the epidemiology core courses
  • A 3.0 GPA in any minor courses, if a minor is declared
  • Maintenance of appropriate professional conduct throughout the program
  • Preparation and successful oral defense of a thesis

Program Administration

Catherine L Striley

Catherine L Striley PhD, MSW, MPE

Associate Professor
Phone: (352) 273-5359
Natalie B Torres

Natalie B Torres

Academic Assistant III
Phone: (352) 273-5961

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