Master of Science in Biostatistics & Epidemiology


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Course Overview

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics offers the degree of Master of Science in Epidemiology. The goals of the MS degree are to prepare students for careers in industry or academia and to prepare students for continued study in a doctoral program. The program includes coursework that focuses on theoretical and applied epidemiological and statistical methods. Comprehensive examinations are required. Download Course Catalog.

Program Structure:

Course Code First Semester Courses Credit
MBE 501 Introductory Biology : Cells and Molecules 5
MBE 502 Introductory Biology : Biology of Organisms 5
MBE 503 Single-Variable Calculus I 5
MBE 504 Public Health 5
MBE 505 Statistics 5
MBE 506 Advanced Topics in Biostatistical Consulting 5
Course Code Second Semester Courses Credits
MBE 511 Single-Variable Calculus II 5
MBE 512 Principles and Practice of Epidemiology 5
MBE 513 Design of Health Studies 5
MBE 514 Advanced Epidemiology Methods 5
MBE 515 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics 5
MBE 516 Biological Concepts for Public Health  2 5
Course Code Third Semester Courses Credit
MBE 601 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics 5
MBE 602 Biostatistical Applications for Public Health 5
MBE 603 Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS 5
MBE 604 Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology 5
MBE 605 Clinical Epidemiology and Decision Analysis 5
MBE 606 Cancer Epidemiology 5
Course Code Fourth Semester Courses Credit
MBE 611 Infectious Disease Epidemiology 4
MBE 612 Topics in Clinical Epi and Decision Analysis 4
MBE 613 Topics in Epidemiology & Biostatistics 4
MBE 614 Applied Time Series Analysis 4
MBE 615 Entrepreneurship 4
MBE 616 Master Thesis 10


Career Opportunities

There is demand for students and academic staff with excellent statistical skills, an enquiring attitude, and a broader understanding of the research environment. Our graduates are attractive to employers in academic research, health and social care and industry.
The MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics is ideal for:

  • New and recent graduates who want to pursue a career in epidemiology and health sciences
  • Existing health researchers, working in epidemiological research institutes, who want to enhance and extend their knowledge and understanding of constantly developing cutting-edge statistical techniques and their application, and so progress more rapidly in their chosen field.

Graduates from the master’s program hold an attractive qualification in a competitive field. Prospective employers value their technical expertise and research understanding and the professional skills gained, including writing a grant application and a paper of submission quality.


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