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Master of Science in Public Health

Master of Science Wordle
The Master of Science (M.S.) degree program in Public Health is offered through the department’s affiliation with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The departmental Graduate Studies Executive Committee and the director of graduate studies (DGS) are responsible for overseeing the progress of M.S. students. Our concentrations are:

M.S. Biostatistics

  • Two-year program (full-time)
  • Can be done part-time (5-year maximum time to degree if part-time)

M.S. Biostatistics students learn theoretical statistical and biostatistical methods for analyzing data. Their technical skills in data analysis are valued in managed care organizations, medical research, and the pharmaceutical industry. 

View the program details in the Biostatistics website.

M.S. Chronic Disease Epidemiology

  • One-year program (full-time)
  • Can be done part-time (5-year maximum time to degree if part-time)

M.S. Chronic Disease Epidemiology students are trained in study design, population sampling, methods to reduce bias, systematic literature reviews and meta-analysis.  Students will be prepared to work in clinical settings, industry, academia or pursue a medical degree. 

View the program details in the CDE website.

M.S. Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

  • One-year program (full-time)
  • Can be done part-time (2-year maximum time to degree if part-time)
  • Specialization in Clinical or Quantitative tracks

M.S. students in Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases will have two areas of specialization to choose from: Clinical or Quantitative. 

The Clinical area of specialization will provide research training for clinicians and clinical trainees interested in furthering their research expertise.  Students will be prepared to design observational and/or experimental studies to help understand the relationship between host, microbial and environmental factors on the occurrence or control of infectious diseases. 

The Quantitative area of specialization will provide quantitatively focused research training in the epidemiology of infectious diseases, focusing on the analysis of communicable disease data as well as modeling and simulation. Students will be prepared to analyze datasets that arise in the context of outbreaks, epidemics, and endemic infectious diseases. Students should have prior course work in calculus and a strong introductory biostatistics course that covers statistical inference and probability distributions. This will be necessary for students to be comfortable taking 2nd-level biostatistics courses (Advanced Regression and Advanced Survival Analysis) as well as the infectious disease modeling courses. Experience with a flexible programming language (e.g. R and/or MATLAB) is also recommended.

View the program details in the EMD website.

M.S. in Health Informatics

  • Two-year program (full-time only)

 The M.S. Health Informatics students will receive well-rounded training studying information sciences, data science and more broadly health policy, social and behavioral science, biostatistics and epidemiology. Students will learn to develop the tools and methods needed for processing, accessing and analyzing data.

View the program details  in the Biostatistics website .

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