Admissions decisions are based on an evaluation of the applicants’ entire file in relation to the pool of applicants that year. We also evaluate whether the applicant’s needs and goals fit well with our department’s strengths and resources. We review master’s degree applications once/year for fall matriculation, and we review doctoral student applications twice/year for fall and spring matriculation.
Applicants for graduate degree programs in Epidemiology must meet all requirements of the Graduate School for admission and the Arnold School of Public Health. All applications are submitted through SOPHAS, with the following required documents:
- Resume or CV
- Three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
- Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended
- GPA 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale)
- GRE scores 50% or higher for each: Verbal, Quantitative, Analytical Writing
- MCAT scores may not be substituted for GRE scores.
- The percentiles above are general guidelines not cut points.
- Personal statement describing your academic and research interests and professional goals.
- Master’s applicants should discuss how they became interested in epidemiology as a career choice.
- Doctoral applicants must discuss their research area of interest along with the faculty member who has agreed to mentor them.
- Non-US institution transcripts must be verified by World Education Services (WES) or equivalent service. Submit course-by-course evaluation (WES ICAP).
- For those whose native language is not English, we require either a TOEFL (minimum 80) or IELTS (minimum 7.0) score.
The Master of Science (M.S.) program matriculates one cohort of students every fall. Admission requirements include a four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution, preferably in the arts, sciences, or medicine. Prior professional work experience is considered an asset but is not a requirement.
Students admitted to either the M.S. program who do not have academic or professional experience that provides a strong understanding of the biological basis of public health are strongly encouraged to select courses that will provide this understanding.
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|