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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.

 

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MS Epidemiology Curriculum

Course Requirements Course # Credits
Required Epidemiology Courses 19
Research Methods in Epidemiology​ ​EPID 6626 ​3
Introduction to Epidemiology EPID 6630 3
Analytical Epidemiology EPID 6631 3
Advanced Epidemiology EPID 6632 3

Epidemiology of Communicable Disease  

EPID 6635 2
Chronic Disease Epidemiology EPID 6636 3

Injury Epidemiology and Control

EPID 6637 2
Required Biostatistics Courses 9

Biostatistical Methods I/II

BIOS 6611/6612

6

SAS Database Design and Management

BIOS 6680 3

Elective Epidemiology Courses at UC Denver

2

Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology

EPID 6639 2

Clinical Epidemiology

EPID 6629 1

Cancer Prevention and Control

EPID 6622 2

Cardiovascular Epidemiology

EPID 6638 1

Introduction to Systematic Reviews

EPID 6646 1

Public Health Surveillance

EPID 6624 2
Additional Coursework 3

Foundations in Public Health

PUBH 6600 2

Ethics in Research

CLSC 7151

1

Thesis

EPID 6651/EPID 6950

4

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS     

37

Competencies

Identifier

MS Epidemiology Competencies

MS-EPID 1​

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

MS-EPID 2

Select and apply appropriate quantitative and q​ualitative 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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