Epidemiology MS

Major: Epidemiology
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 46.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 26.1309
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:

About the Program

The goal of the MS in Epidemiology program is to produce graduates who have a solid understanding of epidemiologic principles and methods, and the demonstrated ability and capacity to apply that understanding and skill to solve complex health issues.

The curriculum and project requirements are designed to provide, and then to demonstrate, the ability to effectively engage in and report research. This includes the development of appropriate research questions and aims, the design and conduct of epidemiologic studies, and the appropriate analysis, interpretation and presentation of research data. Upon graduation, MS students will have attained competencies in two areas: general epidemiology knowledge and skills, and epidemiologic research methods. This program is for students interested in a terminal degree in applied epidemiologic and health research, as well as those who may wish to pursue doctoral training in epidemiology.

For additional information about this program, visit the Dornsife School of Public Health web site.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the MS in Epidemiology program must meet the following requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree
  • Two semesters of college math
  • Two courses of college biology (i.e. microbiology, physiology, genetics, etc.)
  • Competitive applicants will possess a undergraduate GPA of 3.30 or higher.

The Application Process will include:

  • Completion of the Schools of Public Health Common Application
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (international transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services)
  • A written statement of career and educational goals, professional experience, and area of research interest
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty or professionals who can evaluate the applicant's promise as a graduate student
  • Resume or CV
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are NOT required, however, you may choose to submit scores to strengthen your application
  • International applicants must submit an English Language Proficiency exam. Applicants may submit the TOEFL or IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS exams are considered valid for two (2) years from the date the exam was administered.

Applicants to the MS in Epidemiology program should apply using the Schools of Public Health Application Services (SOPHAS). For more information and to apply online, visit www.sophas.org. No supplemental application is required.

Please note: The Dornsife School of Public Health's code for submitting GRE scores is 2194. The SOPHAS GRE school code is 7890.

Degree Requirements

Completion of the MS in Epidemiology requires a:

  • Minimum of 39.0 credit hours of course work
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher
  • Substantial data analysis project (6.0 credit hours) with a written report and oral presentation
Required Courses
Foundation Courses
EPI 500Introduction to Epidemiology and Biostatistics 3.0
PBHL 512Methods for Public Health Research I 4.0
EPI 560Intermediate Epidemiology3.0
EPI 561Pathophysiologic Basis of Epidemiologic Research3.0
BST 553Longitudinal Data Analysis3.0
BST 555Introduction to Statistical Computing3.0
BST 560Intermediate Biostatistics I3.0
Public Health Course
PBHL 501Introduction to Public Health0.0
Master's Project Courses
EPI 699Master of Science Epidemiology Project6.0
Students must select 18.0 credits total. Some potential electives include the following:18.0
Applied Multivariate Analysis
Design & Analysis of Clinical Trials
Nonparametric and Semiparametric Models
Linear Statistical Models
Generalized Linear Models
Applied Survey Research in Epidemiology
Epidemiology of Cancer
Epidemiology for Public Health Practice
Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Perinatal Epidemiology
Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology & Prevention
Making Sense of Data
Pathophysiologic Basis of Epidemiologic Research
The Changing US HIV Epidemic and the Responses of Affected Communities
Data Science Using R
Disease Outbreak Investigations
Autism as a Public Health Challenge
Public Health Surveillance
Health and Design Research
Total Credits46.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
Term 1Credits
BST 555Introduction to Statistical Computing3.0
EPI 561Pathophysiologic Basis of Epidemiologic Research3.0
PBHL 512Methods for Public Health Research I 4.0
 Term Credits10.0
Term 2
EPI 500Introduction to Epidemiology and Biostatistics 3.0
PBHL 501Introduction to Public Health0.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 3
BST 560Intermediate Biostatistics I3.0
EPI 560Intermediate Epidemiology3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 4
BST 553Longitudinal Data Analysis3.0
EPI 699Master of Science Epidemiology Project3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 5
EPI 699Master of Science Epidemiology Project3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Total Credit: 46.0
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