Master of Science in the Field of Epidemiology
Program Director S.D. Cleary
The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics offers the master of science (MS) in the field of epidemiology degree program. The goals of the program are to prepare students for careers in industry or academia and for continued study in a doctoral program. The program includes coursework that focuses on theoretical and applied epidemiological and statistical methods.
Students may apply for admission to the doctorate of philosophy (PhD) in the field of epidemiology degree program prior to completing the MS degree. A maximum of 24 credits from the MS degree may be applied toward the PhD. The student must take a minimum additional 27 credits of coursework. The distribution of these courses between epidemiology and statistics depends on the nature of the master's degree and whether credits from that program are used to defray epidemiology and statistics coursework.
Applicants must have completed 6 credits in calculus I and II and 8 credits in human biology prior to beginning the program. Prior completion of 3 credits of linear algebra and 3 credits of SAS are strongly recommended.
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The following requirements must be fulfilled: 33 credits, including 13 credits in public health core courses, 6 credits in statistics core courses, 2 credits in program-specific courses, 9 credits in elective courses, and 3 credits consulting and thesis.
The courses listed below (or equivalents) are prerequisites for admission consideration, and must appear on the student's transcript.
|BISC 1115||Introductory Biology: Cells and Molecules|
|BISC 1116||Introductory Biology: The Biology of Organisms|
|MATH 1231||Single-Variable Calculus I|
|MATH 1232||Single-Variable Calculus II|
Additional course requirements
Applicants who have not already completed one of the courses listed below (or equivalents to these GW courses) are considered for admission, but are eligible for conditional admission only. In such cases, students are expected to satisfactorily complete one of the courses within two semesters from matriculation in the program.
|PUBH 6249||Use of Statistical Packages: Data Management and Data Analysis|
|or STAT 2183||Intermediate Statistics Lab/Packages|
The following requirements must be fulfilled: 33 credits, including 19 credits in core public health, 2 credits in an epidemiology program-specific selective, 9 credits of elective courses, and 3 credits in consulting and thesis. In addition, all students must successfully complete a master's comprehensive examination.
|Required core courses|
|PUBH 6003||Principles and Practices of Epidemiology 1||3|
|PUBH 6247||Design of Health Studies 1||3|
|PUBH 6252||Advanced Epidemiology Methods 1||3|
|PUBH 6080||Pathways to Public Health (required of students without an MPH degree only)||0|
|And 4 credits in any graduate-level EXNS or PUBH courses.|
& STAT 4158
|Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I|
and Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II
& STAT 6202
|Mathematical Statistics I|
and Mathematical Statistics II
|One of the following 2-credit courses. Others may be taken as electives.|
|PUBH 6242||Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health: Reading the Research||2,3|
|PUBH 6244||Cancer Epidemiology||2|
|PUBH 6245||Infectious Disease Epidemiology||2|
|PUBH 6250||Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS||2|
|PUBH 6259||Epidemiology Surveillance in Public Health||2|
|9 credits in any graduate-level EXNS (public health), HSML, or STAT courses. Possible electives include:|
|PUBH 6121||Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology||3|
|PUBH 6123||Toxicology: Applications for Public Health Policy||3|
|PUBH 6124||Risk Management and Communication||3|
|PUBH 6243||Topics in Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health: Reading the Research||1|
|PUBH 6260||Advanced Data Analysis for Public Health||3|
|PUBH 6262||Introduction to Geographic Information Systems||1|
|PUBH 6263||Advanced GIS||1|
|PUBH 6283||Biostatistics Consulting Practicum||1|
|PUBH 6299||Topics in Epidemiology and Biostatistics||1-3|
|STAT 2118||Regression Analysis 3||3|
|STAT 3187||Introduction to Sampling 3||3|
|STAT 4181||Applied Time Series Analysis 3||3|
|Consulting and thesis|
|PUBH 6258||Advanced Topics in Biostatistical Consulting||1|
|PUBH 6999||Master of Science in Epidemiology Thesis||2|
1 Basis for master's general comprehensive examination.
2 In lieu of STAT 4157 and STAT 4158, students interested in applying to the PhD program in epidemiology may take STAT 6201 and STAT 6202 with the advisor's approval.
3 Undergraduate-level courses approved to be taken for graduate credit with additional work assigned.
- Graduate Credit Requirement: 33 graduate credits are required
- Comprehensive Exam: successful completion of a written comprehensive exam upon completion of all coursework.
- Grade Point Requirements: A 3.0 (B average) overall grade point average is required.
- Time Limit Requirement: The MS must be completed within five years.