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

  • SPH BS 835 Intermediate Applied Statistical Methods for Public Health Research (4 cr) or BS 805 Intermediate Statistical Computing and Applied Regression Analysis (4 cr) or BS 806 Multivariable Analysis for Biostatisticians (4 cr)
  • SPH EP 714 Introduction to Epidemiology (4 cr)
  • SPH EP 722 Data Collection Methods for Epidemiology (2 cr)
  • SPH EP 749 Applications of Introductory Epidemiology (4 cr)
  • SPH EP 813 Intermediate Epidemiology (4 cr)
  • SPH EP 816 Guided Epidemiology (2 cr)
  • SPH EP 850 Applications of Intermediate Epidemiology (4 cr)
  • SPH PH 700 Foundations of Public Health (0 cr)
  • SPH PH 750 Essentials of Population Health Research (4 cr)
  • SPH PH 760 Accelerated Training in Statistical Computing (2 cr)
  • SPH PH 870 Research Skills Seminar (2 cr)
  • SPH PH 880 Research Dissemination Seminar (2 cr)
  • SPH 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.