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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Preparatory Requirements

The courses listed below (or equivalents) are prerequisites for admission consideration, and must appear on the student's transcript.

BISC 1111Introductory Biology: Cells and Molecules
BISC 1112Introductory Biology: The Biology of Organisms
MATH 1231Single-Variable Calculus I
MATH 1232Single-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 with the expectation that one of these courses will be completed satisfactorily within two semesters following matriculation in the program.

PUBH 6249Use of Statistical Packages: Data Management and Data Analysis
or STAT 2183 Intermediate Statistics Lab/Packages

Program Requirements 

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 33 credits, including 19 credits in core public health and statistics, 2 credits in an epidemiology program-specific selective, 9 credits of elective courses, and 3 credits in consulting and thesis.

Required core
Public health core (13 credits)
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology 1
PUBH 6004Environmental and Occupational Health in a Sustainable World
PUBH 6007Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health
PUBH 6247Design of Health Studies 1
PUBH 6252Advanced Epidemiology Methods 1
Statistics core (6 credits)
STAT 4157Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I 2
STAT 4158Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II 2
or STAT 6201 Mathematical Statistics I
STAT 6202Mathematical Statistics II
Required epidemiology program-specific course
(2 credits)
One of the following program-specific courses is required; others maybe taken as electives.
PUBH 6242Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health: Reading the Research
PUBH 6244Cancer Epidemiology
PUBH 6245Infectious Disease Epidemiology
PUBH 6250Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS
PUBH 6259Epidemiology Surveillance in Public Health
9 credits in any graduate-level PUBH, HSML, or EXNS (public health) courses or approved STAT courses. Possible electives include:
PUBH 6121Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
PUBH 6123Toxicology: Applications for Public Health Policy
PUBH 6124Problem Solving in EOH
PUBH 6243Topics in Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health: Reading the Research
PUBH 6260Advanced Data Analysis for Public Health
PUBH 6262Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
PUBH 6263Advanced GIS
PUBH 6283Biostatistics Consulting Practicum
PUBH 6299Topics in Epidemiology and Biostatistics
STAT 2118Regression Analysis 3
STAT 3187Introduction to Sampling 3
STAT 4181Applied Time Series Analysis 3
Consulting and thesis
PUBH 6258Advanced Topics in Biostatistical Consulting
PUBH 6999Master of Science in Epidemiology Thesis

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.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Graduate Credit Requirement: 33 graduate credits are required
  2. Comprehensive Exam: successful completion of a written comprehensive exam upon completion of all coursework.
  3. Grade Point Requirements: A 3.0 (B average) overall grade point average is required.
  4. Time Limit Requirement: The MS must be completed within 4 years.