Summer-Only Master of Science in Epidemiology Degree Program

The Summer-Only Master of Science in Epidemiology Degree Program is a 42.5 credit program with the goal of training clinicians with the quantitative skills needed for a clinical research career. Research training is provided through a series of required and elective courses. In addition, students in this program are required to complete a research thesis under the joint supervision of a local research advisor and a member of the faculty of the Department of Epidemiology at HSPH.

This program begins with a core set of required courses in introductory epidemiology and biostatistics. Students have two options for completing this requirement. Under Option A, students can initiate their training by enrolling in the 15-credit Program in Clinical Effectiveness and take the full summer morning courses in introductory epidemiology (EPI208) and biostatistics (BIO206/BIO208). Alternatively, under Option B, students begin their training by taking the introductory courses in epidemiology (EPI500/EPI202) and biostatistics (BIO202/BIO203) through the Summer Session for Public Health Studies. The target audience for the introductory core courses listed under Option A are for physicians seeking careers as clinical investigators, while those under Option B are aimed at both a clinical and public health audience.

The following table summarizes the three options for starting the Summer-Only Master of Science in Epidemiology Program.

Options for Starting Summer-Only Master of Science in Epidemiology Degree Program

Option A Option B
Core Courses in Introductory Epidemiology and Biostatistics Summer Program in Clinical Effectiveness
(July – August)
Summer Session for Public Health Studies
(July – August)
Introductory Epidemiology EPI208Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology
(5 credits)
EPI500Fundamentals of Epidemiology
(2.5 credits)EPI202Elements of Epidemiologic Research
(2.5 credits)
Introductory Biostatistics BIO206Introduction to Statistics for Medical Research
(2.5 credits)BIO208Statistics for Medical Research Advanced
(2.5 credits)
BIO202Principles of Biostatistics: Part I (2.5 Credits)BIO203Principles of Biostatistics: Part II (2.5 Credits)
Total Credits 10 credits 10 credits

The following table describes full set of requirements for the Summer-Only Master of Science in Epidemiology Degree Program. In addition to one of the two above options for training in introductory epidemiology and biostatistics, students must take an advanced course in epidemiology (EPI236), another course in epidemiology methods and a biostatistics course on regression methods. The latter requirement can be fulfilled in three ways. Students must also take between 17.5 – 22.5 additional credits from a list of elective credits and complete a thesis for 5.0 -12.5 credits. The following table summarizes the current requirements for the Summer-Only Master of Science in Epidemiology Program.

Requirements of Summer-Only Master of Science in Epidemiology Degree Program

Introductory Epidemiology ID207 (7.5 credits) or
EPI208 and BIO206/BIO208 (10 credits)
EPI500/EPI202 and BIO202/BIO203(10 credits)
Advanced Epidemiology Methods EPI236
(5 credits)
(EPI202 or BIO214 or EPI295)
(2.5 credits)
Regression Methods BIO224 (2.5 credits)
BIO501 (2.5 credits)
BIO213 (5 credits)
Elective Courses All students must have ordinal 30 – 37.5 credits from required and elective courses
Thesis Preparation EPI218 (2.5 credits) and EPI315 (2.5 credits)
EPI315 (5.0 credits)
Additional Thesis Credits EPI315
All students must have 5 -12.5 thesis credits
Total 42.5 credits

The following table displays the current list of over 30 courses covering a variety of research methods that can be taken as required courses or as electives.

Required and Elective Courses of  Summer-Only Master of Science in Epidemiology Degree Program

Course Number Instructor Credits Period Length
Analysis Aspects of Clinical Epidemiology EPI236 Fran Cook 5.0 Summer1 3 weeks
Comparative Effectiveness Methods I EPIxxx Bert Hofman 2.5 Summer1 3 weeks
Measuring Health Outcomes HPM530 Marcia Testa 2.5 Summer1 3 weeks
Introduction to Pharmacoepidemiology EPI295 Arnold Chan 2.5 Summer1 3 weeks
Health Services Research HPM276 Arnold Epstein 2.5 Summer1 3 weeks
Decision Analysis in Clinical Research RDS286 Milton Weinstein 2.5 Summer1 3 weeks
Next Generation Sequencing Analysis BIO517 Winston Hide 2.5 Summer1 3 weeks
Environmental and Occupation Epidemiology ID215 Francine Laden 2.5 Summer1 3 weeks
Society and Health SBS201 Ichero Kawachi 2.5 Summer1 3 weeks
Comparative Effectiveness Methods II EPIxxx TBA 2.5 Summer2 3 weeks
Elements of Epidemiologic Research EPI202 Murray Mittleman 2.5 Summer2 3 weeks
Survival Methods for Clinical Research BIO224 Roger Davis 2.5 Summer2 3 weeks
Principles of Clinical Trials BIO214 Scott Evans   Sandra Lee 2.5 Summer2 3 weeks
Research Synthesis and Meta Analysis BIO234 Michael Stoto 2.5 Summer2 3 weeks
Linear and Longitudinal Regression BIO501 Garrett Fitzmaurice 2.5 Summer2 3 weeks
Methods for Decision Making in Medicine RDS288 Myriam Hunick 2.5 Summer2 3 weeks
Economics for Health Policy HPM209 Meredith Rosenthal 2.5 Summer2 3 weeks
Research into Social Behavioral SBS250 Jennifer Hass Cheryl Clark 2.5 Summer2 3 weeks
Intro Quantitative Methods for Monitoring and Evaluation BIO507 Marcello Pagano Bethany Hedt 2.5 Summer2 3 weeks
Research with Large Databases HPM299 John Ayanian  Ellen McCarthy 2.5 Summer2 3 weeks
Effectiveness Research with Longitudinal Healthcare Databases EPIxxx Sebastian Schneeweiss 2.5 Summer2 3 weeks
Applied Regression for Clinical Research BIO213 John Orav 5.0 Fall Semester (online) 16 weeks
Online Practice of Clinical Research EPI218 Dan Singer Heath Baer Fran Cook 2.5 Fall Semester (online) 16 weeks
Data Mining and Prediction EPI288 Nancy Cook     Fran Cook 2.5 Winter 3 weeks
Propensity Scores EPI271 Tobias Kurth    John Seeger 1.25 Winter 1 week
Analysis of Genetic Association Studies EPI293 Liming Liang 2.5 Winter 2 weeks
Evidence Based Epidemiology EPI509 John Ioannidis 2.5 Winter 1 week
Environmental Genetics EH516 Adrienne Ettinger Pierre Zalloua 2.5 Winter 3 weeks
Introduction to Social and Biologic Networks BIO221 Jukka-Pekka Onnela 2.5 Winter 3 weeks
Stochastic Processes with Applications to Biology and Medicine BIO222 Cristian Tomasetti 1.25 Winter 3 weeks
Program Evaluation ID550 Marc Mitchell 2.5 Winter 3 weeks
Patient Safety Epidemiology EPIxxx Malcolm           Maclure 1.25 Winter 1 week
Introduction to SAS Programming BIO111 Terrence Fenton 1.25 Winter 2 weeks
Introduction to Programming and Statistical Modeling in R BIO503 Aedin Culhane 1.25 Winter 2 weeks
Systems Science in Public Health NUT212 Matthew Gillman 1.25 Winter 1 weeks