Epidemiology MS

Major: Epidemiology
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 26.1309
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:

About the Program

The Master of Science in Epidemiology trains students in epidemiologic principles and methods to solve complex health issues. The curriculum and required project will give students the opportunity 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. 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.

Major Competencies

  • Address a research question by identifying appropriate study designs based on knowledge of biological basis of disease and calculating appropriate measures of disease frequency and risk
  • Review and critically evaluate the validity of the design, analysis, and interpretation of findings from published research studies
  • Create and manage datasets appropriate for epidemiologic analyses from sources such as surveillance, large-scale data (i.e, Big Data, such as electronic medical records, administrative claims data), or other health-related research
  • Conduct univariable and multivariable regression and other semi- and non-parametric analytic techniques of an epidemiologic data set using a standard statistical software package
  • Create effective peer-review quality written and visual summaries of analysis results

Additional Information

For more information about this program, please contact:

DSPH Academic Advising Team
Office of Education

Additional information can be found on the Dornsife School of Public Health website, including admissions criteria and how to apply.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
Foundation Courses
EPI 570Introduction to Epidemiology3.0
BST 571Introduction to Biostatistics3.0
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
Master's Project Courses
EPI 699Master of Science Epidemiology Project6.0
Required Public Health Course
PBHL 501Introduction to Public Health0.0
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 Credits45.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
EPI 5703.0BST 5713.0EPI 5603.0PBHL 5010.0
BST 5553.0Elective3.0BST 5603.0 
EPI 5613.0Elective3.0Elective3.0 
 9 9 9 0
Second Year
EPI 6993.0BST 5533.0  
Elective3.0EPI 6993.0  
 9 9  
Total Credits 45
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