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MS in Epidemiology

The MS in Epidemiology is an academic degree that prepares students for careers in research. It serves students new to public health as well as those currently working in the field who wish to gain the quantitative skills necessary to conduct population based research. The curriculum focuses on understanding theoretical issues and applying disciplinary methods to the study of public health problems. This includes coursework and learning experiences in epidemiologic methods, biostatistics, data management, analysis and interpretation of findings in content areas such as chronic or infectious disease, reproductive, molecular or genetic epidemiology. Students gain a thorough knowledge of study design and implementation from developing study protocol and instruments to selection and recruitment of subjects, collection of data and conducting quality control. These skills prepare graduates for engaging roles in research activities that impact public health planning, disease control and global health disparities.

Program Competencies
  • Define the concepts and contents of epidemiology.
  • Formulate a research hypothesis.
  • Determine study aim, objectives and appropriate study design to address the hypothesis.
  • Identify risk and/or preventive factors that may contribute to outcomes and incorporate them into a research study.
  • Use computers to collect, manage and analyze data for evaluation of hypotheses.
  • Evaluate the use of questionnaires and measurement instruments in collection of data to maintain internal validity.
  • Use existing databases to provide background or supportive data to address research questions.
  • Analyze data, interpret the findings and prepare a report of study results.
  • Perform ethical research.
Admission Requirements

Students applying to master's programs at SPHTM must meet the school's general admission requirements and submit materials per the application requirements.

Degree Program Requirements

The MS in Epidemiology requires 42 credits.

Epidemiology - Required Courses (24 credits)

  • EPID 6030 Epidemiological Methods I (3)
  • EPID 7120 Epidemiologic Methods II (3)
  • EPID 7130 Observational Epidemiology (3)
  • EPID 6230 Computer Packages for Epidemiology (2)
  • EPID 7000 Seminar (1)

Advanced Methods Requirements (6 credits) select from:

  • EPID 6290 Genetic Epidemiology (3)
  • EPID 6340 Clinical and Translational Research Methods (3)
  • EPID 6420 Clinical Epidemiology (3)
  • EPID 6750 Outbreak Epidemiology (3)
  • EPID 7160 Survey Methodology (3)
  • EPID 7170 Clinical Trials: Design, Conduct and Analysis (3)
  • EPID 7310 Meta-Analysis (3)
  • EPID 7410 Parmacoepidemiology (2)

Descriptive Epidemiology Requirements (6 credits) select from:

  • EPID 6090 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (3)
  • EPID 6210 Cancer Epidemiology (3)
  • EPID 6220 Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology (3)
  • EPID 6320 Molecular Epidemiology (3)
  • EPID 6480 Reproduction Epidemiology (3)
  • EPID 7210 Epidemiology of HIV/STIs (3)
  • EPID 8810 Human Molecular Genetics (3)

Biostatistics - Required Courses (12 credits)

  • BIOS 6030 Introductory Biostatistics (3)
  • BIOS 6040 Intermediate Biostatistics (3)      
  • BIOS 7060 Regression Analysis (3)
  • BIOS 7150 Categorical Data Analysis (3)

Elective courses (6 credits)

Selected in consultation with an academic advisor.

Research Experience

  • EPID 9910 Master of Science Research Experience (0)


MS students must successfully complete a research thesis that demonstrates an ability to interpret current literature and conduct epidemiologic research and analysis.

Academic Performance

Students in the MS in Epidemiology and those taking advanced epidemiology courses must demonstrate the following performance standards:

  • All students must complete and earn a "B" or better in the prerequisite EPID 6030 Epidemiologic Methods I before advancing to EPID 7120 Epidemiologic Methods II or other advanced epidemiology courses.
  • Any Epidemiology student receiving a grade of "C" in any required course (including any core course) must repeat the course.
  • Epidemiology students receiving a grade of "F" in any course will be dismissed from the program, unless special extenuating circumstances can be demonstrated.
  • Can only register for courses in an advanced epidemiology if they have a grade of "B" or better in any prerequisite courses.
Contact Us

Department Chair: Jiang He, MD, PhD

Program Director: Tanika Kelly, PhD

Department Administrator: Therese Carter


Phone: (504) 988-6809

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