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Master of Science with a Concentration in Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

(1 Year Program)
The M.S. In Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases is a one-year program in the study of epidemiological methods and analysis for infectious diseases. The quantitative specialization for individuals who plan to pursue mentored research or doctoral studies. Graduates will be well suited for careers in data analysis at governmental state, national, or national health organizations, academia, NGOs or in pharmaceuticals. The clinical specialization is a one-year program tailored to clinicians seeking formal research training in methods of infectious diseases epidemiology.

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For more information and to apply to the MS program, visit the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website. Please choose "Public Health" as the program. Then select Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases as the concentration. Do not try to use SOPHAS. 

Quantitative specialization

This area of specialization aims to 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. The Quantitative area of specialization is designed for individuals with sufficient undergraduate-level mathematical and statistical training to skip introductory biostatistics classes. These students are not expected to have any clinical background or substantial prior experience with infectious diseases.

Clinical specialization

This area of specialization aims to provide research training for clinicians and clinical trainees interested in furthering their research expertise. This area of specialization targets clinicians and clinical trainees who aim to conduct population-level research on communicable diseases and clinical researchers in mentored training positions at foreign sites (e.g. Fogarty fellows) who are seeking formal research training

The length of study for the MS in EID is one year (full-time) or two years (part-time). Ten credits will be required for graduation.

Details About the Program

  • Admissions and Requirements

    Admissions and Prerequisites

    Admission decisions for the MS in EID degree will be made by the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) in collaboration with the Public Health Graduate Studies Executive Committee and faculty in the department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases.

    • All applicants must submit the results of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
    • Students whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL examination.

    Prerequisites

    Quantitative area of specialization:

    Applicants will have at least an undergraduate degree and sufficient background in mathematics/statistics to skip introductory Biostatistics courses. Students with a master’s degree or other related degrees may be allowed to enroll in additional elective courses in lieu of required courses, if they can demonstrate proficiency in required courses. 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.

    Clinical area of specialization:

    Applications will typically have a graduate degree from a clinical program or currently be enrolled in a clinical degree granting program.

    Degree Requirements - Quantitative Specialization

    (Download the PDF Version of the Degree Requirements)

    The M.S. degree requires a total of 10 course units. The M.S in Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases requires the student to complete or acquire an exemption from the following courses. Students may choose from two areas of specialization: Quantitative or Clinical. Full time students must carry a minimum of 4 course units each semester. If a course is waived, a substitute course must be identified.

    MS Required Courses for Quantitative Specialization (10 Course Units)

    Course Title Units Term Offered Notes
    EMD 525 Seminar in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases 0 Fall  
    EMD 526 Seminar in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases 0 Spring  
    BIS 623 Advanced Regression Models 1 Fall  
    BIS 630 Applied Survival Analysis 1 Spring  
    EMD 517 Principles of Infectious Disease I 1 Fall  
    EMD 518 Principles of Infectious Disease II 1 Spring  
    EMD 553 Transmission Dynamic Models or EMD 539 Introduction to Public Health Surveillance 1 Spring
    EMD 538 Quantitative Methods for Infectious Disease Epidemiology 1 Fall  
    EPH 508 Foundations of Epidemiology and Public Health 1 Fall  
    EPH 600 Research Ethics and Responsibility 0 Fall  
    EPH 608 Frontiers of Public Health * 1 Fall or Spring One term only required
    EMD 600 Capstone Course or EMD563 Laboratory and Field Studies in Infectious Diseases 1 Spring  

    MS Elective in Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases: Quantitative Specialization (1 Course Unit)

    *Students entering the program with an MPH or relevant graduate degree may be exempt from this requirement. 

    rev: 7.12.2019

    Degree Requirements - Clinical Specialization

    (Download the PDF Version of the Degree Requirements)

    The M.S. degree requires a total of 10 course units. The M.S in Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases requires the student to complete or acquire an exemption from the following courses. Students may choose from two areas of specialization: Quantitative or Clinical. Full time students must carry a minimum of 4 course units each semester. If a course is waived, a substitute course must be identified.

    MS Required Courses for Clinical Specialization (10 Course Units)

    Course Title Units Term Offered Notes
    EMD 525 Seminar in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases 0 Fall  
    EMD 526 Seminar in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases 0 Spring  
    EPH 505 Biostatistics in Public Health 1 Fall  
    EPH 508 Foundations of Epidemiology and Public Health 1 Fall  
    BIS 505 Biostatistics in Public Health II or CDE 534 Applied Analytic Methods in Epidemiology 1 Spring  
    EMD 517 Principles of Infectious Disease I 1 Fall  
    EMD 518 Principles of Infectious Disease II 1 Spring  
    EMD 530 Health Care Epidemiology or EMD 536 Investigation of Disease Outbreaks 1 Spring  
    EMD 567 Tackling the Big 3: Malaria, TB and HIV in Resource-Limited Settings or EMD 533 Implementation Science 1 Fall  
    EPH 600 Research Ethics and Responsibilities 0 Fall  
    EPH 608 Frontiers of Public Health * 1 Fall or Spring One term only required
      EMD 600 Capstone Course or EMD563 Laboratory and Field Studies in Infectious Diseases 1 Spring  

    MS Electives in Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (Clinical Specialization) (1 course unit)

    * Students entering the program with an MPH or relevant graduate degree may be exempt from this requirement.

    rev. 07.11.2019

    Notes on Electives

    Electives may be selected from the classes in either area specialization from those listed below, as well as new relevant courses from various schools at Yale: 

    ● Responding to Violent Conflict: Epidemiologic Methods and Public Health Incentives 

    ● Global Aspects of Food And Nutrition 

    ● Observing Earth from Space 

    ● Biology of Insect Disease Vectors 

    ● Advanced Topics in Tropical Parasitic Diseases 

    ● Water, Sanitation, and Global Health 

    ● Political Epidemiology 

    ● Courses listed as part of the Public Health Modeling Concentration (and electives of that concentration) 

    Students who have demonstrated a mastery of topics covered by the required courses may request permission to substitute more advanced courses for the required courses. Students must receive written permission from the Director of Graduate Studies and their advisor prior to enrolling in the substitute courses.

    Capstone Course

    There will be two Capstone Course options for students enrolled in the MS in EID:

    Option 1: MS students will develop a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-style research proposal focusing on a topic related to infectious disease epidemiology. This course will be taken by students in the final semester of their MS. Students will meet as a group for cross-cutting didactic sessions on reading RFAs (Requests for Applications), NIH peer review and scoring, effective grant writing and grantsmanship, and budget construction. Students will work outside of these sessions with faculty mentors in 1:1 to construct their grant proposals over the course of the semester. They will work with other students in the course to refine their projects and will deliver an oral presentation of their proposal during the final Capstone Course symposium of the end of the semester.

    Option 2: MS students may elect to enroll in the EMD course entitled Laboratory and Field Studies in Infectious Diseases (EMD563). This course is intended to provide students with hands-on training in laboratory or epidemiological research techniques. Students will work 1:1 with faculty members on existing or new projects. Students choosing this option will write up and present their findings at the final Capstone Course symposium at the end of their final semester.

    Competencies

    Quantitative area of specialization:

    Graduates of the Quantitative area of specialization will be able to demonstrate competency in the following areas: 

    1. Explain the role of quantitative and qualitative methods and sciences in describing and assessing a population’s health (especially in terms of the risk/burden of infectious diseases); 
    2. Explain the ecological perspective on the connection between human health, animal health and ecosystem health with respect to microbial threats; 
    3. Analyze datasets that arise in the context of outbreaks, epidemics, and endemic infectious diseases.

    Clinical area of specialization:

    Graduates of the Clinical area of specialization will be able to demonstrate competency in the following areas: 

    1. Explain the role of quantitative and qualitative methods and sciences in describing and assessing a population’s health (especially in terms of the risk/burden of infectious diseases); 
    2. Explain the ecological perspective on the connection between human health, animal health and ecosystem health with respect to microbial threats; 
    3. Design observational and/or experimental studies to study the relationship between host, microbial, and/or environmental factors and the occurrence or control of infectious diseases.

    Funding

    Students in the MS program file their applications and financial aid materials through the Graduate School.

    MS students are allowed to serve as teaching fellows or research assistants throughout the University. However, teaching fellowships are generally available to MS students in the two-year program in public health only in the second year after they have taken classes and become familiar with the public health coursework. 

    Research assistant positions are also available on a part time basis. Faculty in the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases are generally familiar with various research projects that are in need of a research assistant. We suggest you begin your search for a research assistant position by asking your faculty advisor or the department administrator for suggestions. There are also many positions posted on the Student Employment website.

    Sample Course Plan - Quantitative Area of Specialization

    Fall 

    • Foundations in Epidemiology and Public Health 
    • Applied Regression Analysis* 
    • Principles of Infectious Diseases I 
    • Quantitative Methods in Infectious Diseases or Applied Analytic Methods in Epidemiology* 
    • Research Ethics 
    • Seminar in EMD 
    • EMD elective

    Spring 

    • Applied Survival Analysis* 
    • Transmission Dynamic Models or Surveillance** 
    • Principles of Infectious Diseases II 
    • Capstone Seminar in EMD 
    • Frontiers in Public Health

    *may be substituted by a another 600 level BIS course 

    **may be substituted by a course off a pre-approved list

    Sample Course Plan - Clinical Area of Specialization

    Fall 

    • Foundations in Epidemiology and Public Health 
    • Biostatistics in Public Health I* 
    • Principles of Infectious Diseases I 
    • Tackling the Big 3 or Implementation Science Research 
    • Ethics Seminar in EMD 
    • EMD elective 

    Spring 

    • Biostatistics in Public Health II or Applied Analytic Methods in Epidemiology* 
    • Health Care Epidemiology or Investigation of Disease Outbreaks** 
    • Principles of Infectious Diseases II 
    • Capstone Seminar in EMD 
    • Seminar in EMD
    • Frontiers in Public Health

    *may be substituted by a higher level statistics course 

    **may be substituted by a course off a pre-approved list

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    I am having trouble deciding between the MS and MPH programs. Which is right for me?

    The scope and objectives of the two programs are different. See our comparative chart on the two programs.

    Is it possible to complete the degree online, or do I need to be a resident student.

    There is not an online option at this time. Students must be able to attend classes on campus in New Haven.

    If I am applying for both the MS and MPH program, do I need to submit separate applications?

    Yes. Admissions decisions for the two programs are handled separately. Separate applications need to be submitted through the School of Public Health (SOPHAS) for the MPH degree or through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for the MS degree.

    Is there a tuition discount for Yale University employees?

    Yes, please see Yale Benefits' page on tuition assistance
    Yale New Haven Health employees should consult their benefits office to see if this program is eligible for tuition reimbursement.