MS in Epidemiology

Changes to this program will take effect in the 2017–2018 academic year.

The Master of Science in Epidemiology provides students with a fundamental grounding in the principles of epidemiology and its companion discipline, biostatistics (which includes training in statistical computing), with an emphasis on the application of these disciplines to public health research. The program has a structured curriculum and thesis requirement, both of which emphasize the development of quantitative research skills and the application of these skills to real-world public health problems. The program is designed primarily for health care clinicians interested in research careers. Exceptional students with other backgrounds may be considered. Graduates of the program assume research-oriented positions in academic settings, government, or private industries.

To fulfill the requirements for the MS degree, students are expected to complete 32 credits with a minimum grade point average of B (3.0) and grades of at least a B in all required courses. Required courses include:

  • BS 704 Biostatistics
  • EP 713 Introduction to Epidemiology
  • EP 813 Intermediate Epidemiology
  • BS 723 Introduction to Statistical Computing

In addition, at least two of the following courses (8 credits) must be taken:

  • BS 722 Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials
  • BS 851 Applied Statistics in Clinical Trials I
  • BS 852 Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
  • EP 721 Survey Methods in Public Health
  • EP 762 Clinical Epidemiology
  • EP 854 Advanced Epidemiology
  • PM 811 Health Services Research Methods

Students may request to have required courses waived on the basis of coursework performed elsewhere or through other avenues of learning. Waivers will not reduce the overall number of course credits to be taken.

The remaining credits will generally be taken from among the above list of required courses or other Epidemiology departmental courses, but excluding EP 911 Directed Research in Epidemiology and EP 912 Directed Research in Epidemiology.

The following courses may also be taken:

  • PM 833 Health Economics
  • PM 837 Measuring and Evaluating Medical Care Processes and Outcomes
  • SB 822 Qualitative Methods for Program Evaluation

Students enrolled in the MS program are also required to complete a thesis. The completed thesis must constitute the equivalent of one epidemiologic paper that meets the current standards of publication in refereed journals. Thesis research will involve processing and analyzing data. The student is encouraged but not required to conduct original data collection. Once the thesis is complete, it must be approved by the thesis committee and one outside reader. After approval, the student will give an oral presentation of the thesis research.

The maximum time permitted to complete all of the degree requirements is four years. Students are required to complete at least 24 credits of coursework as degree candidates in residence. Students who have completed their course requirements must register each subsequent fall and spring semester for EP 980, and pay the continuing study fee (equivalent to two credits per semester), until they have completed all requirements for the degree. Students are certified with full-time status.

All Master of Science students must adhere to the MS Graduation Calendar in preparing and submitting the thesis in 2016–2017.

All SPH students will need a laptop or tablet for classes, purchased according to the recommendations of the Medical Campus Information Technology professionals.