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MS in Epidemiology and Clinical Research (Epidemiology Track)

The Master of Science in Epidemiology and Clinical Research (Epidemiology Track) is designed to offer an MS degree to students pursuing a PhD in Gerontology or Pharmaceutical Health Services Research as part of our dual degree programs.

The program prepares graduates to enter positions in local, regional, and state health agencies where they address public health issues and assist with research on the distribution and determinants of disease and disabilities. Located in the School of Medicine, this degree program provides special interdisciplinary opportunities and research experience.

Master’s students are introduced to the key aspects of epidemiology and preventive medicine. They acquire epidemiological and biostatistical skills to formulate and test hypotheses and begin research in an area of public health concern. They gain individual experience in analyzing, reporting, and presenting data.

Applicants should have a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field with at least a 3.0 GPA. Knowledge of college algebra and biology is required with courses in physiology, calculus, chemistry, computing, statistics, and other quantitative sciences recommended. The degree program requires a minimum of 36 graduate credit hours, including 26 required credits and 10 credits from elective courses at the 600 level or above, including the option of 6 credits of Master’s Thesis Research.

Students who complete the Master of Science in Epidemiology and Clinical Research (Epidemiology Track) will have received an introduction to various aspects of the field of preventive medicine, beginning skills in epidemiologic and biostatistical approaches to formulating research hypotheses that can be tested, and experience in analyzing and preparing written reports on data related to a public health concern.


Required Courses

  • PREV 600 Principles of Epidemiology
  • PREV 619 Introduction to SAS
  • PREV 620 Principles of Biostatistics 
  • PREV 648 Health Services Policy, Management, and Finance
  • PREV 659 Observational Studies in Epidemiology
  • PREV 668 Environmental and Occupational Health
  • PREV 720 Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
  • PREV 747 Research Practicum I (or MS thesis)
  • PREV 748 Research Practicum II (or MS Thesis)
  • CIPP 907 Research Ethics (or equivalent)
  • PREV 799 Thesis Research Credits (6 minimum if MS- thesis option)
  • Electives as needed to meet 30 credit requirement

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