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MS - Epidemiology

Offered On Campus in Tucson

The Master of Science in Epidemiology is offered by the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The Master of Science degree in Epidemiology is designed for individuals who wish to pursue training in epidemiological research. It is anticipated that graduates will occupy positions as research administrators, program managers, analysts, and evaluators in universities, health departments, governmental agencies, and similar organizations.

Students have the option of either a general MS degree in Epidemiology or a specialization in clinical epidemiology. The requirements for these two tracks vary slightly. Students who are interested in clinical epidemiology should contact the Epidemiology Program Director for additional information.

The overall course of study for the MS degree will be developed by the student and the Faculty Advisor and approved by the student's Graduate Committee and the Epidemiology Program Director. On average, the MS program requires approximately two years for completion. The first year is usually devoted to core coursework and completion of the qualifying exam. The second year is focused on remaining coursework and development of the master's thesis research.

Consult the UA catalog for further details on the current course schedule and specific course requirements.

Curriculum

MS in Epidemiology Competencies and Assessment Methods

Required Major Courses (27 units)

Elective Course minimum 9 units

Approved by Faculty Advisor/Mentor. There is a maximum of 6 units from Independent Study/Research Credit (EPID 599, 699.)

Required Master's Thesis, EPID 910 (minimum 6 units)

Total Minimum Credit Requirements = 42 units


Clinical Track Curriculum

This MS degree is an option for clinically-based researchers seeking to improve their ability to conduct research. The expectation is that students seeking this track will be physicians seeking to conduct clinical research. The overall course of study for this Clinical Epidemiology MS track will be developed by the student and the Faculty Advisor and approved by the student's Graduate Committee and the Epidemiology Program Director. On average, the MS program requires approximately two years for completion. The first year is usually devoted to core coursework and completion of the qualifying exam. The second year is focused on remaining coursework and development of the master's thesis research.   Consult the UA catalog for further details on the current course schedule and specific course requirements.

Required Major Courses (26 units)

Epidemiology Courses or Approved Electives (Minimum 8 units)

There is a maximum of 6 units from Independent Study/Research Credit (EPID 599, 699).

Required Master's Thesis, EPID 910 (minimum 6 units)

Total Minimum Credit Requirements = 42 units

Application Deadlines

Fall Application Deadlines

Priority:  December 1
Secondary:  April 1

Students who apply by the priority deadline will be given the highest priority for admissions and consideration for scholarships and assistantships.

Admissions Criteria

Admissions Criteria

  • Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • At least one year of biological sciences
  • At least one year of college level mathematics (algebra and above)
  • Calculus and statistics are highly recommended, although not required
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of purpose and objectives
  • Official GRE scores
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for international applicants
  • Relevant work/volunteer experience strengthens all applications
  • Detailed admissions criteria

How to Apply

Apply online through SOPHAS, the centralized application service for all of the accredited schools and programs of public health.

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Milestones

Typical time to completion: 2 years full-time students, 3-4 years part-time students.

Average time to completion: 2.34

Program Steps to Completion (Full-time student timeline):

  • Attend mandatory new student orientation
  • First year is devoted to course work
  • Each Spring, complete an Annual Progress Report with Faculty Advisor
  • Second semester, identify Thesis Chair
  • Second year is devoted to course work and thesis research/development
  • If necessary, begin process for human subjects approval for thesis
  • Third semester, form thesis committee
  • Begin research/thesis development
  • Fourth semester, successfully defend thesis and finalize revisions

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