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MS Degree in Epidemiology

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Overview: The Drexel University School of Public Health offers an M.S. in Epidemiology program that is predominantly focused on epidemiology and biostatistics.  It is for applicants who are interested in epidemiologic and medical research and applicants who wish to eventually pursue doctoral training in epidemiology. Ours is the only Epidemiology masters program in eastern Pennsylvania that is based in a School of Public Health. The program features nationally and internationally recognized faculty housed in a comprehensive national research university, small class size, and individual attention from faculty members who are committed to the student’s success. The program also features a masters project which includes: 1) a written proposal identifying and describing testable hypotheses developed from a literature review; 2) management and analysis of a sufficiently large dataset to permit hypothesis testing using appropriate multivariate techniques; 3) a written report of the project including standard sections of background, methods, results, discussion and references;  4) an oral presentation of the project to department faculty and students.  

The Program: The goal of the MS in Epidemiology Program is to produce graduates who have a solid understanding of epidemiologic methods and the demonstrated capacity and ability to apply that understanding to study design and analysis.  The curriculum and project requirements are designed to provide and then demonstrate the ability to effectively engage in research.  This will include the development of appropriate research questions and aims, the design and conduct of epidemiologic studies, and the appropriate analysis and interpretation and presentation of research data.  Upon graduation, MS students will have attained competencies in two areas: general epidemiology knowledge and analytic skills, and epidemiologic research methods.

The Faculty: The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics has 17 full time faculty, all of whom are doctorally trained at top schools of public health in either epidemiology or biostatistics.  The Department has a robust research portfolio with focus areas that include active research in autism, HIV, hepatitis, cardiovascular disease and hypertension, aging, physical activity and social epidemiology.  This research activity provides and enhances the training opportunities and educational environment for the MS in Epidemiology students. Individual faculty web pages can be found here

Admission: Applicants to the MS Program in Epidemiology must possess a baccalaureate degree, two semesters of college calculus and two courses of college biology (i.e. microbiology, physiology, genetics, etc). The application package will include:  undergraduate and graduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation from faculty or professionals who can evaluate the applicant’s promise as a graduate student, GRE or MCAT scores, and a written statement of career and educational goals. Competitive applicants will possess an undergraduate GPA of 3.30 or higher and GRE or MCAT scores above the 60th percentile.

The application deadline for fall program admission is June 30 of that same year. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis from January until July.

Degree Requirements: Completion of the MS in Epidemiology will require:  1) a minimum of 58 credit hours of coursework as detailed below and in the academic plan; 2) a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher; 3) a substantial masters research project which requires a written document and an oral presentation.  It is expected that the degree will be completed within 2 academic years.

Coursework

The 58 total credit hour requirement is distributed as 28 credits in Year 1 and 30 credits in Year 2.  There are 40 credits of required courses, and 9 credits of electives, and 9 additional credits for the masters research project.  Both the electives and research project are completed in Year 2 of the academic plan.

Masters Project

In addition to coursework, students will be required to complete a masters project which will include at a minimum:  1) a written proposal identifying and describing testable hypotheses developed from a literature review; 2) management and analysis of a sufficiently large dataset to permit hypothesis testing using appropriate multivariate techniques; 3) a written report of the project including standard sections of background, methods, results, discussion and references;  4) an oral presentation of the project to department faculty and students.   

The faculty advisor will serve as the supervisor of the master’s project, but the department will require an additional reader of the written report.  The second reader may be another faculty of the department or a doctorally trained colleague who has expertise or an affiliation with the project through either its organizational site or dataset. 

A layout showing a sample two-year progression through course and practicum requirements is included at the bottom of this page.

Contact: Prospective students are invited to ask questions via e-mail directed to :

Mary Genevieve Carty, MHEd
Educational Program Coordinator
Dept. of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Drexel University School of Public Health
mary.carty@drexel.edu

MS in Epidemiology Program Guide (PDF)

Epidemiology MS Program – 2-Year course sequence

The grid below outlines the typical sequence for full-time students in the MS Epidemiology program.

Year

Fall Quarter

Winter Quarter

Spring Quarter

1

Introduction to Biostatistics

(4 credits)

PBHL 520

Pathophysiology

(3 credits)

PBHL 691

Intermediate Biostatistics

(3 credits)

PBHL 620

Statistical Computing

(3 credits)

PBHL 623

 Introduction to Epidemiology

(4 credits)

PBHL 530

     Intermed Epidemiology

(3 credits)

             PBHL 630

Intro to Public Health

(2 credits)

PBHL 516

Appl Survey Research

(3 credit)

PBHL 632

         Epi of Infectious Dis

               (3 credits)

              PBHL 636

9 credits

10 credits

9 credits

 

2

Survival Data Analysis

(3 credits)

PBHL 628

Longitudinal Data Analysis

(3 credits)

PBHL 625

Epidemiology/PH Elective

(3 credits)

            Epidemiology of Cancer

(3 credits)

PBHL 633

Epidemiology/PH Elective

(3 credits)

 

MS EPI Project

(6 credits)

  Proposal Writing Seminar

(3 credits)

PBHL 835

MS EPI Project

(3 credits)

9 credits

9 credits

9 credits

***  Students will have an additional 3-credit elective that can be taken in either the FALL, WINTER, or SPRING of their Second Year

Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 24% increase in the job market for masters-trained epidemiologists. The average salary for epidemiologists in 2010 was $63,010 per year. More information regarding the projected outlook and salary for epidemiologists can be found on the Bureau of Labor Statistics' website here.