The Master of Science in Epidemiology degree is a 36-credit program that prepares students for careers in the public health arena that are focused on the surveillance and prevention of illnesses among diverse populations around the world. Students will be trained in the foundational aspects of epidemiology including person, place and time, risk and protective factors, and the social determinants of health. Areas of focus may include: chronic disease, infectious disease, geriatric, environmental, psychiatric, social, cancer and maternal and child health epidemiology.
The thesis is required to demonstrate skill in independent inquiry and investigation, under the tutelage of a mentor.
Graduates of the MS in Epidemiology program will be able to:
- Apply surveillance, assessment, evaluation, and other foundational epidemiological research designs to all areas of interest,
- Choose appropriate measurement and analytic methods to study health and disease in a population,
- Utilize biological, behavioral and social theory to understand how to prevent and intervene to promote the public health.
The program consists of the following requirements:
- 36 credits of coursework
- 27 credits of core coursework
- 5 credits of elective coursework
- 4 credits of thesis research
- Formation a Supervisory Committee of at least three members in the first year of the program
- A 3.0 GPA overall and a 3.0 GPA in the epidemiology core courses
- A 3.0 GPA in any minor courses, if a minor is declared
- Maintenance of appropriate professional conduct throughout the program
- Preparation and successful oral defense of a thesis