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Master of Science in Epidemiology

Major: EPIDMSE
Degree Awarded: MS
Unit: GH
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/sphis/deph


Program Information

The M.S. program in Epidemiology is designed to prepare students for the Ph.D. program in Public Health Sciences with a concentration in epidemiology. The M.S. in epidemiology is offered by the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health.

Eligibility for the M.S. program in Epidemiology

Students with a prior baccalaureate or more advanced degree in an appropriate field of study, from a regionally accredited university or college will be eligible for the M.S. program in Epidemiology. Previous coursework in mathematics and/or statistics and biological or health sciences (for example, biology, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, microbiology) is strongly recommended. Applicants who are judged to not have sufficient prior coursework or experience in these areas may be required to take additional coursework.

The following are additionally required for admission:

Graduate application (see http://louisville.edu/graduate/apply) submitted to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (SIGS).

Non-refundable application fee.

  1. At least two letters of recommendation on letterhead written within past twelve months  (can be submitted with form at http://louisville.edu/graduate/apply).
  2. Official GRE scores taken within the past five years. Score greater than the 50th percentile on each of the quantitative and verbal sections is recommended.
  3. All postsecondary transcripts (may require foreign credential evaluation if not from accredited U.S. institution).
  4. Statement of goals submitted to the department office (must include desired academic and degree program).
  5. Foreign credential evaluation is required for each degree not from an accredited U.S. institution. This requirement may be waived, with approval by the dean, for degrees not considered to be relevant to evaluation of the applicant or whose transcript requires no foreign credential evaluation.
  6. A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution is required for admission.
  7. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of  3.0 is required
  8. International students for whom English is not their primary language must show English language proficiency by one of:

* Award of a degree from an accredited U.S. institution
* Official TOEFL score of 100 or higher (iBT, or Internet-Based Test), 250 or higher (CBT, or Computer-Based Test), or 600 or higher (PBT, or Paper-Based Test) - score must be in at least the 60th percentile
* Official documentation of passing the exit examination for the advanced level of the Intensive English as a Second Language Program at the University of Louisville



Curriculum


The program is designed as a two-year program of coursework and thesis research and preparation. The student is expected to develop and plan his or her thesis research prior to the final semester in which the majority of the actual research is done.

Faculty Advisor

Upon admission to the M.S. program, each student is assigned a faculty advisor by the department chair or program director. Students and/or advisors who wish to change their assigned relationship must make a written request to the department chair or program director.

Program of Study

The student and his or her faculty advisor work together to develop a program of study that recognizes the student’s research interests and core elements of modern epidemiology and its breadth and multidisciplinary nature.

Degree Requirements

Degree requirements include required coursework in epidemiology, elective coursework in biostatistics and in public health sciences, and a thesis.
Coursework

38 total credit-hours:

     20 credit-hours of required coursework
      6 credit-hours of elective coursework in biostatistics
      6 credit-hours of elective coursework in public health
      6 credit-hours of thesis research
 

Required Coursework

Semester

Course #

Course Title

Credit Hours

Fall I

PHEP-618

Epidemiologic Methods II

3

PHEP-619

Biology of Disease in Populations

3

PHEP-648

Data Management and Analysis for Epidemiology I

1

PHxx-xxx

Elective course

3

Semester Total

10

 

Spring I

PHEP-702

Epidemiologic Research Management I

3

PHEP-701

Advanced Epidemiologic Methods

3

PHEP-649

Data Management and Analysis for Epidemiology II

1

PHxx-xxx

Elective course

3

Semester Total

10

 

Fall II

PHEP-xxx

Epidemiology elective course

3

PHxx-xxx

Elective course

3

PHEP-666

Thesis Research in Epidemiology

3

Semester Total

9

 

Spring II

PHxx-xxx

Elective course

3

 

PHEP-666

Thesis Research in Epidemiology

6

 

Semester Total

9

 

Degree Total

38

Electives

Program requirements include one elective course in epidemiology and four in a public health area. Elective courses can be selected from offerings within SPHIS with instructor and program permission. Elective courses in epidemiology (PHEP) and biostatistics (PHST) are strongly encouraged.
Selection of electives for both requirements is done by the student and his or her faculty advisor with approval of the program director or chair of the department.

Students may petition to take courses not on these lists with approval of the instructor, the student’s faculty advisor, and the program director or chair of the department or his or her designee.

Approved Public Health Electives

Course #

Course Title

Credit-Hours

PHEP-606 Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology 3
PHEP-611 Nutritional Epidemiology 3

PHEP-612

Epidemiology and Bioterrorism

3

PHEP-613 Epidemiology of Aging 3
PHEP-615 Epidemiology of Maternal and Child Health 3
PHCI-671 Preventive Medicine I 3
PHCI-672 Preventive Medicine II 3
PHCI-605 Survey Research Methods 3
PHCI-611 Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology 3
PHEH-650 Adv Topics in Environmental and Occupational Health 3
PHPB-650 Adv Topics in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences 3
PHMS-650 Adv Topics in Health Management and Systems Sciences 3
PHST-624 Clinical Trials I 3
PHST-650 Advanced Topics in Biostatistics 3
PHST-680 Biostatistical Methods I 3
PHST-681 Biostatistical Methods II 3
PHST-661 Probability 3
PHST-662 Mathematical Statistics 3
PHST-683 Survival Analysis 3
PHST-684 Categorical Data Analysis 3
PHST-682 Multivariate Analysis 3
     

Approved Epidemiology Electives

Course #

Course Title

Credit-Hours

PHEP-606

Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology

3

PHEP-611

Nutritional Epidemiology

3

PHEP-612

Epidemiology and Bioterrorism

3

PHEP-613

Epidemiology of Aging

3

PHEP-615

Epidemiology of Maternal and Child Health

3

Thesis

A thesis is required of a candidate for the degree of master of science in epidemiology. It is to be an original work of professional quality and the basis for one or more potentially publishable papers.



Departmental Faculty


Kathy B. Baumgartner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Richard N. Baumgartner, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair

Frank Groves, M.D.
Assistant Professor

Richard A. Kerber, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Susan B. Muldoon, Ph.D., MPH
Assistant Professor

Elizabeth O'Brien, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Kira Taylor, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Kristina Zierold, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor



Contact Information

Epidemiology - MS

Richard N. Baumgartner, Ph.D.,
Chair and Professor
(502)852-2038
rnbaum01@louisville.edu
 

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