The MS Degree in Epidemiology provides students with an in depth understanding of the role of this core public health discipline. It teaches sufficient knowledge of epidemiology theory, research methods, and analytical methods to allow effective participation in interdisciplinary public health efforts and the development of specialized skills. Applicants need to have strong quantitative and verbal skills.
Epidemiology is one of the fundamental skills for public health, clinical practice, and population health research. The MS degree in Epidemiology emphasizes research applications in the public health field. Students enrolled in this program will hone their quantitative analysis skill set through coursework and a substantial research project that deepens their understanding in epidemiological and statistical methods. Graduates will be prepared to pursue careers in several sectors – including governmental agencies, industry including pharmaceutical companies, and healthcare organizations. Graduates will be well prepared to pursue doctoral-level coursework.
Students are only admitted to begin coursework in the fall semester.
How is the MS different from the MPH?
The MS in Epidemiology is an academic degree oriented toward research. It is designed for students who wish to gain a more in depth understanding in epidemiology methodology. The MPH in Epidemiology is a professional or practice degree that provides broader training in public health and epidemiology.
Each Concentration identifies competencies for each degree offered. These competencies reflect the full range of knowledge, skills, and other attributes that a student will acquire as a result of completing the requirements for a particular degree.
Upon graduation, a student completing the MS curriculum in Epidemiology will be able to:
Students seeking the MS in Epidemiology degree must complete 36 credits of academic work with a minimum GPA of least 3.0; earn no more than six (6) credits bearing grades less than “B,” and complete the degree requirements within five years. Courses are three credit hours unless otherwise noted.