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The mission of the M.S.* degree program in epidemiology is to prepare students for involvement in epidemiologic research that addresses the distribution and determinants of disease and other health-related conditions and behaviors. Students will develop a working knowledge in epidemiologic methods and in identifying the determinants of disease and other health conditions. Students will gain skills conducting ethical population-based research, analyzing data, interpreting results of data analyses, and effectively communicating public health information and epidemiologic data both orally and in writing. Upon graduation, students will be competitive for doctoral programs and master’s level trained positions in epidemiology available at state health or governmental health departments, clinical, private industry, or university settings.
- Students will formulate research questions and develop evidence-based hypotheses that are testable with quantitative data.
- Students will develop protocols for primary data collection and for documentation of secondary data analyses.
- Students will synthesize and critically evaluate public health literature.
- Students will choose and apply appropriate quantitative analysis methods to answer a specific research question using a public health dataset.
- Students will communicate epidemiological findings effectively in oral and written formats.
- Students will demonstrate proficiency in at least one software package (SAS, R, etc.) to manage a public health dataset.
- Students will demonstrate proficiency in quantitative analysis of health disparities and health inequities.
Degree Requirements (43 Hours)
School of Public Health Core (3 Hours)
|PUBH 700||Perspectives in Public Health||3|
|Total Credit Hours||3|
Department Core (22 Hours)
|BIOS 701||Concepts and Methods of Biostatistics||3|
|EPID 701||Concepts and Methods of Epidemiology||3|
|EPID 721||Clinical and Population Research Protocol Development and Implementation||2|
|EPID 722||Scientific Writing and Appraisal of Epidemiologic Studies||2|
|EPID 741||Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods||3|
|BIOS 757||Intermediate Biostatistics||3|
|BIOS 709||Basic Software for Public Health||1|
|BIOS 714||Introduction to MS Access for Public Health||1|
|BIOS 719||Advanced SAS Methods for Public Health||1|
|BIOS 754||Discrete Data Analysis||3|
|Total Credit Hours||22|
Major Courses (9 Hours)
|EPID 788||Practical Methods for Secondary Data Analysis||3|
|Select two other epidemiology classes from the course listing||6|
|Total Credit Hours||9|
Elective (3 Hours)
- Electives may be chosen from courses in the University that support the overall educational goals of the student. Typically, the elective course is chosen from the list of EPID courses, in addition to the two major courses. The Faculty Advisor must approve all elective courses.
Thesis (6 Hours)
|EPID 799||Thesis Preparation||6|
|Total Credit Hours||6|