Master of Science in the Field of Epidemiology
Program Director S.D. Cleary
The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics offers the master of science (M.S.) 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 course work that focuses on theoretical and applied epidemiological and statistical methods. Comprehensive examinations are required.
If desired, a student may apply for admission to the doctorate of philosophy (Ph.D). in the field of epidemiology degree program prior to completing the M.S. degree, in which case a maximum of 24 credits from the M.S. degree may be applied to the Ph.D. course work requirements. In this instance, the student will be required to take a minimum of 27 additional credits of course work. The distribution of these courses between epidemiology and statistics depends on the nature of the master's degree and whether the transferred credits will be used to defray epidemiology and statistics course work.
Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.
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At the completion of the MS program in Epidemiology students will be able to:
- Demonstrate proficiency in basic epidemiology concepts, e.g., formulate hypotheses and research aims, select appropriate study design, identify risk and/or protective factors that contribute to disease outcomes, develop analytic plans, and identify bias.
- Demonstrate competence using standard statistical software packages to manage and analyze primary data or conduct secondary data analyses to address research questions
- Demonstrate proficiency in data analysis and interpretation of results, including discussion of threats to internal validity, and compose a formal presentation or report
- Describe and apply methods to conduct sound ethical research
The courses listed below (or equivalents) are prerequisites for admission consideration, and must appear on the student's transcript.
|BISC 1111||Introductory Biology: Cells and Molecules|
|BISC 1112||Introductory Biology: The Biology of Organisms|
|MATH 1231||Single-Variable Calculus I|
|MATH 1232||Single-Variable Calculus II|
Additional Course Requirements
Applicants lacking the courses listed below (or equivalents to these GW courses) will be considered for admission, but will be eligible for conditional admission only with the expectation that these courses will be completed satisfactorily within two semesters following matriculation in the program.
|STAT 2183||Intermediate Stat Lab/Packages|
|or PUBH 6249||StatPackages/DataMgt&DataAnlys|
The following requirements must be fulfilled: 33 credits, including 17 credits in core courses and 13 credits in elective courses, and 3 credits in consulting and thesis.
|Public health core|
|PUBH 6003||Principles and Practices of Epidemiology (basis for MS general comprehensive)|
|PUBH 6247||Design of Health Studies (basis for MS general comprehensive)|
|PUBH 6252||Advanced Epidemiology Methods (basis for MS general comprehensive)|
|PUBH 6299||Topics in Epi/Bio (credits vary per course- may take 1 or 2 courses)|
|One of the following:|
& STAT 4158
|Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I|
and Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II
& STAT 6202
|Mathematical Statistics I|
and Mathematical Statistics II (students interested in applying to the PhD program in epidemiology may register in STAT 6201 & STAT 6202 with advisor's approval)
|13 credits from the following:|
|Approved public health elective courses:|
|PUBH 6001||Biological Concepts in Public Health|
|PUBH 6002||Biostatistical Applications for Public Health|
|PUBH 6004||Environmental and Occupational Health in a Sustainable World|
|PUBH 6007||Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health|
|PUBH 6121||Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology|
|PUBH 6123||Toxicology: Applications for Public Health Policy|
|PUBH 6124||Problem Solving in EOH|
|PUBH 6242||ClinicalEpid&Decision Analysis|
|PUBH 6244||Cancer Epidemiology|
|PUBH 6245||InfectiousDisease Epidemiology|
|PUBH 6250||Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS|
|PUBH 6260||Adv DataAnalysis-Public Health|
|PUBH 6262||Intro-Geog Information Systems|
|PUBH 6283||Biostatistics Consulting Practicum|
|PUBH 6299||Topics in Epi/Bio|
|Approved statistics elective courses:|
|STAT 2118||Regression Analysis|
|STAT 4181||Applied Time Series Analysis|
|STAT 3187||Introduction to Sampling|
|Consulting and thesis|
|PUBH 6258||Adv Topics/Biostat Consulting|
|PUBH 6999||Master of Science in Epidemiology Thesis|
- Graduate Credit Requirement: 33 graduate credits are required
- Comprehensive Exam: A written comprehensive exam will be administered based on the course content of PUBH 6003 Prin & Practice/Epidemiology, PUBH 6247 Design of Health Studies, and PUBH 6252 Advanced Epidemiology Methods. The exam is administered upon completion of all courses.
- Grade Point Requirements: A 3.0 (B average) overall grade point average is required.
- Time Limit Requirement: The MS must be completed within 4 years