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M.S. in Epidemiology

Understanding the Cause, Analyzing the Spread, and Treating and Preventing Disease

EpidemiologyEpidemiology is the basic science of disease recognition, characterization and treatment and prevention. The application of epidemiologic tools and principles is increasingly important not only to public health but also in clinical practice.  

What causes disease? How is it distributed in the population? What are the determinants of disease and what makes certain individuals more susceptible to disease than others? And what can we do to treat and protect more people and more communities from disease and death?

Epidemiology studies these questions to understand disease processes and apply that information to develop treatments and evaluate protection and control measures.

In the M.S. in Epidemiology, you will:

  • Study trends, patterns and causes related to disease in populations.
  • Learn to create and interpret complex statistical models to understand risk factors for and solutions to diseases that affect human populations.
  • Be trained to effectively communicate such research and findings to lay and professional audiences.
  • Be provided with the knowledge and quantitative skills necessary to participate in the areas of medical, clinical and public health research.

Successful completion of this program will qualify you for careers with health care providers, local and state health departments, federal agencies and the pharmaceutical industry.

Delivery Options:

This program is offered in a traditional format, with late afternoon and evening classes on campus.

Credits Required for Completion: 36

This program will require the completion of a Masters's thesis and is designed only for individuals with evidence of strong quantitative skills.


Required Core Courses (9 Credits) Credits
BISM 5001 - Introduction to Biostatistics 3
EPIM 5002 - Introduction to Epidemiology 3
EPIM 7094 - Thesis or 7096 Capstone 3


Required Program Courses (21 Credits) Credits
EPIM 6012 - Advanced Epidemiology I 3
EPIM 6013 - Advanced Epidemiology II 3
BISM 6031 - Intermediate Biostatistics I 3
BISM 6032 - Intermediate Biostatistics II 3
BISM 6092 - Intro to SAS Programming for Data Management and Analysis 3
EPIM 6024 - SAS Application to Epidemiology Studies 3
EPIM 7091 - Directed Research or Required Program Elective 3


Required Program Electives (6 Credits) Credits
EPIM 6093 - Chronic Disease Epidemiology Seminar (OC) 3
EPIM 6094 - Seminar in Infectious Disease Epidemiology (OC) 3
EPIM 6025 - Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology (OC) 3
EPIM 6023 - Principles of PH Surveillance and Survey Development (OL) 3
EPIM 6021 - Fundamentals of Infectious Disease Epidemiology (OL) 3
EPIM 6022 - Methods in Infectious Disease Epidemiology (OL) 3
EPIM 7093 - Tutorial in Epidemiology 3
BISM 6011 - Statistical Modelling (OC) 3
BISM 6048 - Survival Analysis (OC) 3
BISM 6052 - Introduction to Clinical Study Design (OC) 3
BISM 6053 - Large Observational Data Analysis (OC) 3
BISM 8001 - Survey Sampling and Data Analysis (OC) 3


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