MS in Epidemiology

The MS in Epidemiology program provides concentrated training in epidemiological concepts, skills, and methodology with a research focus. It includes a flexible mix of courses in epidemiology and biostatistics. For those who hold a professional health degree or a related doctoral degree, the department offers a 30 credit condensed MS program.

Due to the wide range of ongoing faculty research within the department, students have the ability to select an area of emphasis to study and to conduct research under the mentorship of an epidemiology faculty member. A few of the areas include: aging, cancer, clinical trials, global health, lifestyle intervention, and women's health.


Recent graduates hold positions with the following:

  • research assistant positions at state, county, and local health departments
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • National Institutes of Health, including National Cancer Institute and National Institute on Aging
  • hospitals
  • pharmaceutical companies
  • medical and dental school
  • PhD programs in epidemiology or biostatistics

Recent Thesis Titles

  • Maternal Sources of Stress within Her Combined Individual and Neighborhood Environment and the Risk of Preeclampsia
  • The Association of Selenium Levels with Markers of Cardiovascular Disease
  • The Evaluation of an Integrated Risk Reduction Intervention’s Effects on Substance Use Spectrum Measures in Patients with Bipolar Disorders
  • The Association Between Cognitive Reserve and Time to Conversion from Normal Cognition to Mild Cognitive Impairment
  • Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Outcomes of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis Identified by GeneXpert MTB/RIF Assay in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Graduates will be able to...

  • Calculate and interpret epidemiology measures
  • Describe models of disease etiology and control
  • Describe the clinical trial study design and understand its application, strengths and limitations
  • Conduct epidemiologic analysis using statistical packages to evaluate linear, logistic, Cox and Poisson regression models


The epidemiology MS requires 45 credits, including coursework and research:

  • 45 credits through coursework and research
  • Coursework in epidemiology and statistics
  • Coursework in public health foundations and research ethics
  • Advanced coursework scientific studies and clinical trials
  • Advanced thesis research in an area of specialization

A 30 credit condensed MS program is available for individuals who hold a health professional degree (medicine, dentistry, nursing, etc.) or a related doctoral degree (statistics, sociology, psychology, anthropology, etc.).

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