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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 7632 ​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 ​Infectious Disease Epidemiology ​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​
EHOH 6601​ Public Health Concepts for Non-MPH 1​
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Additional CourseWork​ ​ 3 Credits​
CLSC 7151​ Ethics in Research​ 1​
Elective**​ ​2
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Thesis​ ​or Research Paper ​4 Credits
EPID 6651​ OR EPID 6950 Masters Research Paper​ or Masters Thesis ​4
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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS ​38 Credits
 

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 Competencies

Identifier

MS Epidemiology Competencies

MS-EPID 1

Formulate sound scientific research questions.

MS-EPID 2

Synthesize a body of evidence from the scientific literature and identify areas of need for future investigation.

MS-EPID 3

Select and apply appropriate study design, data collection and analysis methods to address research or public health topics.

MS-EPID 4

Utilize secondary data sources to answer a given research or public health question, considering limitations, study design and analytic solutions.

MS-EPID 5

Critically appraise research and public health studies for internal and external validity, with consideration of how these issues influence interpretation of study findings.

MS-EPID 6

Anticipate types of biases that may occur in research and public health studies and determine strategies to prevent or minimize these.

MS-EPID 7

Calculate and interpret measures of disease frequency and association measures to draw appropriate inferences and evaluate causality.

MS-EPID 8

Describe and apply basic ethical and legal principles involved in the collection, management, use and dissemination of epidemiologic data.

MS-EPID 9

Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, to non-statistical scientists or public health practitioners.

MS-EPID 10

Interact effectively within a multidisciplinary team for the purpose of addressing a research question.

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