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Master of Science

Epidemiology



The Master of Science (MS) program in epidemiology provides graduate-level training in the causes, distribution, and control of disease in populations, with an emphasis on epidemiologic methods and training in human diseases in populations.  The degree provides training in the scientific foundations of epidemiology and prepares individuals to address complex public health issues.

Through developing sophisticated analytic and research skills, as well as an understanding of the environmental, social and ethical factors that contribute to health and wellness in the community, scientists trained in this program will be prepared for careers in epidemiologic research, and development and evaluation of new approaches to public health surveillance, risk assessment and epidemic investigation.

Coursework pre-requisites: Students are required to take 2 semester of calculus (calc I & II) and have taken courses in upper division (3000/4000 levelbiological sciences. Students should have a baccalaureate degree in a scientific field from an accredited college or university or completion of work equivalent to the baccalaureate or master's degree in a scientific field given at UC Denver. Minimum undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4 point scale.


 

 Program Details

 

 Pre-Requisites

Students are required to take 2 semesters of Calculus (Calculus I & II) and have taken courses in upper division (3000/4000 levelbiological sciences. Students should have a baccalaureate degree in a scientific field from an accredited college or university or completion of work equivalent to the baccalaureate or master's degree in a scientific field given at UC Denver. Minimum undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4 point scale.1

 Admissions

Applicants are required to apply for admission to the program through the online Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS). Applicants are also required to meet the minimum standards for MS program admission. Click here to review the complete MPH admissions requirements and instructions. ​2

 Curriculum

Required Epidemiology Courses​​ ​ ​12 Credits
​EPID 6626 ​Research Methods in Epidemiology ​3
​EPID 6630 ​Introduction to Epidemiology ​3
​EPID 6631 ​Analytical Epidemiology ​3
​EPID 6632 ​Advanced Epidemiology ​3
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Required Biostatistics Courses​ ​ ​9 Credits
​BIOS 6611 ​Biostatistical Methods I ​3
​BIOS 6612 ​Biostatistical Methods II ​3
​BIOS 6680 ​SAS Database Design and Management ​3
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Topic Based Epidemiology Courses​ ​ ​7 Credits
​EPID 6622 ​Cancer Prevention and Control ​2
​EPID 6624 ​Public Health Surveillance ​2
​EPID 6629 ​Clinical Epidemiology ​1
​EPID 6634 ​Applied Global Health Epidemiology ​2
​EPID 6635 ​Epidemiology of Communicable Diseases ​2
​EPID 6636 ​Chronic Disease Epidemiology ​3
​EPID 6637 ​Injury Epidemiology and Control ​2
EPID 6638​ ​Global Cardiovascular Epidemiology ​2
​EPID 6640 ​Investigation of Disease Outbreaks ​2
​EPID 6641 ​Epiemiology of Foodborne Diseases ​2
​​EPID 6642 ​Genetics in Public Health ​2
EPID 6643​ Epidemiology of TB/HIV/STDs​ 2​
EPID 6644​ ​Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology 3​
EPID 6646​ ​Introduction to Systematic Reviews 1​
EPID 7605​ Research Methods with Secondary Data​ 3​
​EPID 7615 Pharmacoepidemiology ​ 2-4​
EPID 7640​ Genetic Epidemiology​ 2​
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Public Health CourseWork*​ ​ 3 Credits​
PUBH 6600​ Foundations in Public Health​ 2​
EPID 6601​ History of Public Health​ 1​
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Additional CourseWork​ ​ 3 Credits​
CLSC 7151​ Ethics in Research​ 1​
Elective**​ ​2
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Thesis​ ​ ​4 Credits
EPID 6651​ Masters Research Paaper​ ​2
​EPID 6950 ​Masters Thesis ​2
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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS ​38 Credits
 
*Students may substitute CBHS 6619 Public Health in the Global Community for the combination of PUBH 6600 and EPID 6601 to fulfill the Public Health requirement.​​
** All ColoradoSPH courses are potential electives.
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 Competencies

Identifier

MS Epidemiology Competencies

MS-EPID 1

Appropriately use descriptive epidemiologic methods to describe a given condition including measures of prevalence, incidence, morbidity, mortality, demographic characteristics and risk factors.

MS-EPID 2

Select and apply appropriate quantitative and qualitative measurement and analysis methods to support research and evaluations in the core areas of public health research and practice, including: epidemiology, environmental and occupational health, community and behavioral health, and public health systems management, policy and outcomes research.

MS-EPID 3

Critically review and interpret public health and other scientific literature to identify strengths and weaknesses of individual studies, to synthesize evidence in a research area,​​​​ to identify gaps in evidence and to demonstrate relevance of current knowledge to the practice of public health.

MS-EPID 4

Translate investigator ideas into answerable research questions.

MS-EPID 5

Describe study designs and understand the advantages and limitations of each for addressing specific problems, as well as the practical aspects of their uses.

MS-EPID 6

Demonstrate knowledge related to design of data collection forms and protocols, instrument reliability and validity, data monitoring and quality assurance, and data archiving for analysis and use of data by other investigators.

MS-EPID 7

Use computer software for data entry, database management, and summarizing, analyzing and displaying data.

MS-EPID 8

Understand and appropriately interpret the concepts of effect modification and interaction.

MS-EPID 9​

Interpret statistical results in order to make appropriate inferences.

MS-EPID 10

Demonstrate knowledge of the threats to internal validity and when critically evaluating strength of evidence. 

MS-EPID 11

Understand and apply basic ethical and legal principles involved in the collection, management, use and dissemination of epidemiologic data. Understand the concepts of human subjects’ protections and confidentiality. Apply this understanding in the conduct of research and public health practice.

MS-EPID 12

Be able to identify and critically evaluate secondary data sources appropriate for answering a given research question. Identify and understand limitations of secondary data sets (e.g. inclusion determinants, nonrandom allocation, measurement error, surrogate outcomes) and possible design and analytic solutions.

MS-EPID 13

Demonstrate knowledge of external validity, especially in the context of applying prevention and control strategies and in the emerging fields of dissemination and implementation science.

MS-EPID 14

Demonstrate mastery of a substantive area, including the application of that knowledge in conducting research related to a specific topic

MS-EPID 15

Communicate both verbally and in writing to non-statistical scientists, practitioners and community members.

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