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Epidemiology

The master’s program in Epidemiology is designed to provide advanced training in the underlying principles and practice of epidemiology.  Upon completion of the Master of Science degree, students are expected to have proficiency in the following areas: 1) conceptualization of different epidemiologic approaches to the understanding of the causes of health and disease in population-based research; 2) synthesis of existing literature in epidemiology; 3) experience in the design and conduct of epidemiological studies; 4) sample size estimation for basic epidemiologic study designs; 5) analysis of data from epidemiological studies using appropriate statistical methods; and 6) effective communication of scientific findings.  Training is provided through coursework and the completion of a thesis.

Additional Resources: Epidemiology faculty are members of the Department of Epidemiology and the School of Public Health, which are home to several world-class research centers, such as the Center for Population Health and Clinical Epidemiology, the Center for Gerontology and Health Services Research, the Centers for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, the International Health Institute, the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine and the Center for Statistical Sciences. Students in epidemiology have the opportunity to collaborate and conduct research with faculty at many of these centers. 

Major areas of faculty activity include cardiovascular disease, nutritional epidemiology, cancer, mental illness, HIV/AIDS, international health, and others. Two particular strengths of the program in epidemiology are a high faculty to student ratio, providing excellent opportunities for supervised research, and the opportunity to pursue a minor concentration in health services research.

Completion Requirements
Candidates for the Master of Science degree follow an integrated program of study comprising a minimum of 12 credits and a master's thesis. Of these 12 credits, students must complete at least 8 credits of didactic coursework. The remaining 4 credits may be fulfilled through a combination of didactic coursework, independent studies, and/or reading courses. Of the 8 classroom courses required, at least 4 will be epidemiology courses with substantial methodological focus and at least 2 others will be in biostatistics.

Please refer to the Epidemiology Graduate Program Handbook for detailed information on course and thesis requirements.

Admission Information
The master’s program is designed to provide advanced training in the underlying principles and practice of epidemiology for students with little or no prior graduate-level training.  We do not require a specific type of undergraduate degree, and indeed we encourage applications from students with a variety of academic backgrounds. 

Results from a recent GRE general test (within five years) are required. Subject tests are not required but may be submitted. MCAT and other related tests for professional schools cannot be substituted for the GRE.

Financial Aid: Financial aid is available to master’s students in the form of School of Public Health Program scholarships and research apprenticeships. The PHP scholarship grants roughly 25% tuition. Research apprenticeships cover a larger portion of tuition and provide a monthly stipend. These awards are based on merit and qualifications; student loans also are available through the Financial Aid Office. 

Application deadline: January 5