Epidemiology is the basic science of public health. Epidemiologists study disease and other negative health problems in specific populations, such as sudden spikes in asthma in inner cities or heightened risk of disease in the wake of a hurricane. They research the cause, path, and rate of disease and how to control its spread. They also contribute to health care related policy decisions, often providing testimony and recommendations.

Our 4+1 accelerated MS in epidemiology degree is rigorous and demanding, requiring you to take courses toward a graduate degree during your last year of undergraduate studies. You’ll complete the remaining requirements for the graduate degree during one year of study as a graduate student. The 45-credit program develops an epidemiological focus on public health issues with emphasis on improving methodological and quantitative skills.

MS in epidemiology course requirements:

  • Three public health core courses (7 credits)
  • Six epidemiology and biostatistics core courses (18 credits)
  • Four epidemiology electives (12 credits)
  • One other elective (3 credits)
  • Culminating experience/master’s thesis (5 credits)