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Epidemiology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #144 (QS) , MI,
The master's degree program in epidemiology is designed to produce individuals competent to undertake research in epidemiology and to participate in epidemiologic work as a part of public health practice.


Required core courses concentrate on the population approach to disease, quantification of disease frequency, approaches to acute disease outbreaks, relevant biostatistical techniques, sources of health data, research design and analysis, and the development of skills in epidemiologic judgment. Specialized elective courses are offered in epidemiologic aspects of heart disease, cancer, reproductive health, and communicable diseases.

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics offers several graduate-level educational opportunities including Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs in epidemiology, a Master of Science degree program in biostatistics, postdoctoral research training in epidemiology and biostatistics, and an epidemiology certificate program as a non-degree graduate program at the undergraduate level. The department also offers a Minor in Global Public Health and Epidemiology. The Department faculty also teach epidemiology and biostatistics to students pursuing medical or other graduate degrees.

Epidemiology and biostatistics are population-oriented quantitative disciplines for medical science and biomedical research; both are concerned with public health. Epidemiologists and biostatisticians work to gain increasingly definitive evidence about how to promote health and to prevent or reduce risk of disease, to delay disease onset, and to shorten or ameliorate disease-related suffering and disability. They also help to shape the practice of evidence-based medicine through methodological and substantive contributions needed for cost effectiveness and decision analysis. Epidemiology and biostatistics are both multidisciplinary endeavors involving a mastery of biological science in health, as well as an understanding of mechanisms that link population health to societal factors and to individual-level health-related behavior that maintains or compromises health.

Students who are enrolled in Master of Science degree programs in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics may elect a Specialization in Food Safety.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Biostatistics
  • Introductory Epidemiology
  • Causal Inference in Epidemiology
  • Investigation of Disease Outbreaks
  • Epidemiology of Communicable Diseases
  • Research Methods in Epidemiology
  • Seminar in Responsible Conduct of Research
  • SAS Programming: Essentials
  • SAS Programming: Data Management and Analysis
  • Master's Thesis Research
  • Design and Conduct of Epidemiological Studies and Clinical Trials

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    40 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree is required for admission to the program.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1484 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1484 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1484 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1484 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    755 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 755 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for East Lansing

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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