Note on Student Housing: VCU's Dean of Students Office offers guidance and advice to students as they relocate to Richmond and explore housing options. The Dean of Students Office is able to assist by helping students in identifying their budget, understanding the leasing process, locating properties that meet their needs, securing roommates, and more. For assistance, please visit the Off Campus Student Services website or email:

VCU Student ID Cards: All PhD, MS and Certificate students must obtain their VCU ID cards in Rm. 331 on the third floor of the VMI Building (1000 E. Marshall St.) on the MCV Campus.

New Student Orientations and Training Sessions

Global Education Office—All International Students (Mandatory, registration required)

Tuesday, August 13, 2019: Monroe Park Campus
8:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
T. Edward Temple Building

901 W Main St.

Get started with student services at the global education office

School of Graduate Studies—All PhD, MS and Certificate Students (Mandatory, registration required)

Tuesday, August 13, 2019: Monroe Park Campus

For more information please see New Student Orientation here

**The apparent conflict between the Global Education Office and School of Graduate Studies orientations will be explained by those offices (;**

School of Medicine Advanced Degree—All PhD, MS and Certificate Students (Mandatory)

Wednesday, August 14, 2019: MCV Campus
10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.
Rm. 1-044 Sanger Hall
11:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M.
Rm. 1-038 Sanger Hall

Pick-up lunch and enjoys in Sanger Courtyard, Hunton Hall and 12. St. Plaza

Division of Student Affairs— All PhD, MS and Certificate Students

Friday, August 16, MCV Campus
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Larrick Student Center

VCU Honor System and Code of Conduct—All PhD, MS and Certificate Students (Mandatory)

Monday, August 19, MCV Campus
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Rm. 1-044 Sanger Hall

School of Medicine Financial Aid—All Interested PhD, MS and Certificate Students

Monday, August 19, MCV Campus
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Rm. 6-032 Sanger Hall

VCU Title IX—All PhD, MS and Certificate Students (Mandatory)

All VCU Students MUST take the on-line Title IX Training and complete by Friday, September 20, 2019.

BSDP Phase I: Overview and Meet the Programs—All BSDP Students (Not Mandatory)

Wednesday, August 14, MCV Campus
2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Rm. 8-036 Sanger Hall

BSDP Phase II: Meet the Mentors—All BSDP Students (Not Mandatory)

Thursday, August 15, MCV Campus
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Rm. 104 / 105 Kontos Medical Sciences Building

Please complete these required forms and surveys before you attend the Division of Epidemiology orientation on August 22nd:

  • Program orientation is Wednesday, August 22 in One Capitol Square (830 East Main Street), room 644. Check-in is at 9:00am.
  • Prior to August 22, please complete all of tasks below.

If you have not done so already, return your acknowledgement card or send an e-mail to with your name, address, program and term of entry. You will not be able to register for classes without completing this step. Also, MPH students must submit a tuition deposit.

  1. Technology Use Form
  2. Building Policy (ADA Compliant)
  3. Technical Standards Form (print, complete, and bring to Program Orientation)
  4. Photo Release Form (print, complete, and bring to Program Orientation)
  5. Email Permission Form (ADA Compliant) (print, complete, and bring to Program Orientation)
  6. MPH Student Competency Self-Assessment - This survey is meant to inform the MPH program on how well it instructs students in the knowledge areas and competencies required by our accrediting body, the Council on Education for Public Health. As students enter the program, we ask them to report on their knowledge as a baseline measure. We do not expect students to be expert in the knowledge areas and competencies that they will see on the survey; we also realize that some students will have prior experience that makes them feel competent in some areas. Please answer the survey truthfully; there is no “correct” response, and it’s appropriate to indicate that you know nothing at all about a knowledge area or competency. The MPH program will ask you to complete this survey at least two more times while you are in the program—about mid-way through your studies and upon graduation. The program uses aggregated, anonymized results from this survey to assess how well it is training MPH students in public health knowledge and competence.

Please read the VCU Interim Honor System Policy fully.

Optional Tasks:

You may want to consider joining one or more professional public health organizations. Below are forms for the American Public Health Association and the Virginia Public Health Association.

Public Health Seminars

The Division of Epidemiology and the other public health departments offer regular seminars. Information on Division of Epidemiology seminars is posted at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters on the Division seminar webpage.

PhD students are required to attend all Division of Epidemiology seminars. MPH students are required to attend a total of 12 seminars during their time in the Program that are designated for PhD students, 6 per year for full-time students. To receive credit for attendance at Division seminars, students must sign in on the attendance sheet circulated at the seminar. Students may also attend up to 3 non-departmental research presentations per year, but must obtain approval for credit by contacting the Director of Educational Programs prior to attendance.

MPH students attending seminars not sponsored by the Division of Epidemiology or other professional conferences may receive 1 seminar credit per event. An event is defined as a seminar lasting approximately 1 hour or, if a day-long conference is attended, only 1 seminar credit may be earned per day. Students may be able to earn more credits for attendance at the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting at the discretion of program administration. Any time a student wishes to obtain seminar credit for attending a presentation outside of the department, the student must submit a brief written summary using an on-line form available through Blackboard. This form documents student attendance at the seminar.

For schedules, please use links below.


Famiy Medicine and Population Health, Division of Epidemiology

Health Behavior and Policy

Student Handbooks (2018-19 versions to be distributed during orientation):

MPH Program Student Handbook: A comprehensive guide to the VCU Master of Public Health Program's academic policies and student guidelines/ expectations.

Epidemiology PhD Program Handbook: A comprehensive guide to the Epidemiology PhD Program's academic policies and student guidelines/ expectations.

Parking and Transportation Resources:

Upon registration finalization (through eServices) students may request a semester parking permit and/or GRTC bus pass directly through VCU Parking and Transportation services. These items are not available until students are officially registered in classes at VCU.

Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC) and Virginia Commonwealth University have joined forces to provide students with easy access to convenient transportation around Richmond with the GRTC Student Transit Pass Program VCU Parking & Transportation have some new updates with offerings. Please find the new service agreement at the following link.

VCU PARKING OFFICE (MCV Campus): 8th Street Parking Deck
659 N. 8th Street
P.O. Box 980235, Richmond, VA., 23298-0235
(Office Hours Monday - Friday 7am to 6:30pm)
(804)828-0501 fax:(804)828-5343

Academic Settings

  • Brigham Young University, Assistant Professor
  • Columbia University New York State Psychiatric Institute, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • University of California, Berkeley, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • University of South Florida, Research Assistant Professor

Government Agencies

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer
  • Food and Drug Center for Tobacco Products, Epidemiologist
  • National Cancer Institute, Cancer Prevention Fellow
  • Texas Department of State Health Services, Epidemiologist
  • Virginia Department of Health, Director of HIV Surveillance

Private Industry

  • GlaxoSmithKline, Observation Analyst
  • Healthcore, Inc./WellPoint, Inc., Associate Director
  • Inovalon, Sr. Health Economics Outcomes Researcher

MPH Program Graduates

VCU MPH program graduates are highly successful in finding work or further education. More than 90% of MPH graduates in the last 5 years either were employed within 6 months of graduation or pursuing further study. More than half of our students find positions in a university or government setting. Usually around one-fifth pursue further education. The remainder find jobs in non-profit organizations, health systems, or private companies. Job placements include:

  • State or local health department offices (e.g. Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana) in positions such as district epidemiologist, HIV specialist, or program analyst.
  • University or healthcare systems, as members of research teams, including Virginia Commonwealth University, Rutgers University, the University of Virginia, and The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Non-profit organizations—ranging from national organizations such as the American Heart Association to local ones such as the Virginia Healthcare Foundation and the Health Brigade
  • Other governmental organizations such as the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority
  • Private companies such as Booz Allen Hamilton, The EI Group, or the Lewin group
  • Fellowships with the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists

Some alumni pursue doctoral degrees in epidemiology, psychology, social work, nursing, and more, while others pursue clinical study in medicine or nursing.

Division of Epidemiology Education Programs, Research Programs, and Administration

One Capitol Square
8th floor
Box 980212
830 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23298-0212
Phone: (804) 828-9785
Fax: (804) 828-9773

Map of VCU Campus Parking

One Capitol Square location information

Family Medicine and Population Health, Division of Epidemiology

Graduate Program Information

Director of Educational Programs

Lisa S. Anderson, MPH


Graduate Programs Coordinator

Shana Ryman


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