MS in Population Health Research: Epidemiology

The 34-credit program provides students with a fundamental grounding in both the theory and practice of epidemiology, and emphasizes the development and application of quantitative research skills to real-world research in public health with the acquisition of skills in hypothesis formation; data collection and management; statistical computing and interpretation and presentation of results. Graduates of the program are prepared for research positions in academic settings, government, hospitals, or private industries. They are also well-positioned for doctoral education in epidemiology and related fields.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate research reports and publications,
  • Design data collection and management plans,
  • Analyze and synthesize research findings to inform evidence-based policies or recommendations,
  • Develop a scientific hypothesis and design a research study to test the hypothesis, and
  • Communicate research results in technical and non-technical terms to potential stakeholders.

Course Requirements

  • PH 700 Foundations of Public Health (0 cr)
  • PH 750 Essentials of Population Health Research (4 cr)
  • PH 760 Accelerated Training in Statistical Computing (2 cr)
  • EP 714 Introduction to Epidemiology (4 cr)
  • EP 749 Applications of Introductory Epidemiology (4 cr)
  • EP 722 Data Collection Methods for Epidemiology (2 cr)
  • BS 835 Intermediate Applied Statistical Methods for Public Health Research (4 cr) or BS 805 Intermediate Statistical Computing and Applied Regression Analysis (4 cr)
  • EP 813 Intermediate Epidemiology (4 cr)
  • EP 850 Applications of Intermediate Epidemiology (4 cr)
  • EP 816 Guided Epidemiology (2 cr)
  • PH 870 Research Skills Seminar (2 cr)
  • PH 880 Research Dissemination Seminar (2 cr)
  • PH 890 Mentored Research Experience (0 cr)

Mentored Research Experience

The 400-hour mentored research experience requirement gives students the opportunity to collaborate with a BUSPH faculty member or an approved partner.