Epidemiology MS

Major: Epidemiology
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 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 public health and clinical issues. Students will graduate from this degree program prepared to contribute to epidemiologic research, from academic or hospital settings to pharmaceutical or biotechnology. Students will have the opportunity to specialize in specific areas of research including infectious disease, urban health and environmental health risk. This program is for students interested in a terminal degree in applied epidemiologic 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 health 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
Core Courses
BST 571Introduction to Biostatistics3.0
EPI 570Introduction to Epidemiology3.0
PBHL 501Introduction to Public Health *0.0
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
EPI 699Master of Science Epidemiology Project3.0
EPI 749Research and Practice in Epidemiology3.0
Electives **18.0
Total Credits45.0

Foundational Public Health Learning Objectives: PBHL 501 is only required for students who do not have a degree from a CEPH accredited school.


Students choose from any BST, CHP, EOH, EPI, HMP, or PBHL course from the 500-999 level. Students can take additional 500-level or above electives across the university as long as they meet prerequisite and restriction requirements. Students can contact their faculty mentor to discuss elective options. Students can use elective credits to further focus their academic work by completing a graduate minor.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
BST 5713.0BST 5553.0BST 5603.0VACATION
EPI 5613.0Electives6.0EPI 5603.0 
EPI 5703.0 Electives3.0 
PBHL 501*0.0   
 9 9 9 0
Second Year
EPI 7493.0BST 5533.0  
Electives6.0EPI 6993.0  
 9 9  
Total Credits 45

PBHL 501 is only required for students who do not have a degree from a CEPH accredited school.

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