Jun 17, 2021  
2021/2022 University Catalog 
    
2021/2022 University Catalog

Epidemiology, M.S.


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(Major Code: 04154) (SIMS Code: 557322)

The M.S. degree in epidemiology is a research-oriented degree addressing the study of the causes, control, and prevention of disease; distribution of health resources, and design and analyses of clinical trials. The degree is designed for health professionals who wish to gain the necessary skills to conduct sophisticated epidemiologic research. Students develop expertise in both the foundational concepts that underlie study design and analysis and in the innovative methods that are changing and improving the practice of epidemiology. A research-based thesis or manuscript option is required; both require a three-member committee and an oral defense with a written approved document. The public health integrative core courses required for the Master of Public Health are not required. Students who complete the M.S. degree in epidemiology become independent researchers in academia, health departments, nonprofits, the pharmaceutical industry, or pursue a doctoral degree.

Advancement to Candidacy

All students must satisfy the general requirements for advancement to candidacy as described in Requirements for Master’s Degrees .

Specific Requirements


In addition to meeting the requirements for classified graduate standing and the basic requirements for the master’s degree as described in Part Four of this bulletin, the student must complete an officially approved course of study of not less than 36 units. This includes 24 units of required courses, one additional epidemiology/biostatistics methods course, nine units of prescribed electives; and a thesis or manuscript. Up to six units may be accepted in transfer, with approval of the graduate adviser.

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