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Fogarty International Center for Research Training

The Fogarty Epidemiology Research Training for Public Health Impact Program (Epi-Nigeria) at the Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland School of Medicine currently offers a distance learning, mentored research training program. This program leads to the acquisition of a Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) with a concentration in Implementation and Dissemination Research Science through the UMB Graduate School. In addition, a PhD in Epidemiology is offered which requires the Fogarty trainee to spend two years in Baltimore before returning home to complete dissertation research.

Since it takes an average of 17 years for 14% of research to translate into practice, the importance of Implementation and Dissemination Science is evident. The goal of Epi-Nigeria is to offer Nigerian trainees a quality, online masters degree program in Implementation and Dissemination Science or a PhD in Epidemiology. The program also strives for building capacity to study methods and interventions that will translate into everyday clinical and public health practice for the purpose of improving lives. Below are the course schedules, trainee selection process and course application details.

MSHS Course Schedule:


Year 1

MHS 637: Introduction to Research Ethics (3)

MHS 630: Essentials of Epidemiology with application to health (3)

MHS 600:Library and Scholarly Writing (1)

MHS 633: Clinically Applied Social and Behavioral Health Theory (3) 


Year 2

MHS 615: Bio-Statistics for Health Professionals (3)

MHS 613: Research Implementation and Dissemination I (3)

MHS 611: Observational  Epidemiology in Implementation and Dissemination Research (3)

MHS 614: Research Implementation and Dissemination I (3)

Summer Institute at UMB:

A. STATA and applications to epi methods
B. Comparative Effectiveness Research (PHSR 605)
C. Qualitative cross culture research (SOWK 783)

MHS 652: Communication and Leadership (3)


Year 3

MHS 631: Global Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology (3)

MHS 700: Capstone (3)






PhD in Epidemiology Course Schedule:






Year 1

PREV 600: Principles of Epidemiology (3)

PREV 659: Observational Studies in Epidemiology (3)

PREV 716: Chronic Disease Epidemiology (3)



PREV 620: Principles of Biostatistics (3)

PREV 720: Statistical Methods in Epidemiology (3)

PREV 748: Research Practicum II (2)



PREV 619: Introduction to SAS (1)

PREV 747: Research Practicum I (3)

PREV 623: Public Health Ethics (2)



PREV 758: Health Survey Research Methods (3)







Number Credits 1st Year


Year 2

PREV 721: Regression Analysis (2)


PREV PH 610: Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health (3)



PREV 723: Survival Analysis (2)

PREV 801: Longitudinal Data Analysis (3)

TA (Teaching Assistant)



PREV 749: Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3)

PREV 803: Clinical Trials/Experimental Epidemiology (3)




PREV 668: Environmental / Occupational Health (3)

CIPP 909 Responsible Conduct of Research (1)

Comprehensive Exams





Number Credits 2nd Year


Year 3

Admission to Candidacy

Proposal Defense



Year 4





Year 5


Thesis Defense (12)






Total Number of Credit


Trainee Selection Process:

All trainees are selected through the Epi-Nigeria Training Advisory Committee (TAC) made up of Nigerian academic and public health leaders and foremost international HIV/AIDS researchers. The TAC meets in the fall for trainee selection. Criteria for trainee selection are provided under the Application process detailed below.

Application Process

Application deadline for Candidate Application Packets each year is September 15.

The complete Candidate Application Packet must be received by Joyce Johnson, on or before September 15.

The Candidate Application Packet must include:

  1. Transcripts
  2. Official GRE score report
  3. 2 - 3 Recommendations (Recommendation Form)
    1. Required: Current direct supervisor*
    2. Required: Appropriate authority at your former university*
    3. Optional: Supplemental third recommendation*
  4. CV/Resume (CV Standard Format Guidelines)
  5. Statement of Academic Goals and Research Interests (Suggested Structure)

*must be sent directly to

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Center for International Health, Education and Biosecurity
Institute of Human Virology (IHV)
725 West Lombard Steet
Baltimore, MD 21201

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