The Summer option/42.5 CR is designed for applicants with a medical degree or master’s-level background in relevant disciplines (e.g., biology, chemistry, genetics, physiology, bioengineering, and related social and computational sciences) and can be completed over 3 summer semesters. Thesis proposal and local mentor is required for application. A Thesis is required for this degree. The program begins with either the Summer Program in Clinical Effectiveness or the Session for Public Health Studies. (Requirements). Students may also begin the program by completing the June Integrated Course in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (ID207). Under this option, students can enroll in advanced methods courses in the subsequent summer periods. Watch the informational video found here to learn more.
At the end of the 42.5 Credit Master of Science program, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate basic skills in core public health sciences of epidemiology and biostatistics.
- Develop comprehensive knowledge of the role of epidemiology as a basic science for public health and clinical medicine to provide a quantitative approach to addressing public health and clinical problems.
- Interpret descriptive epidemiologic results in order to develop hypotheses of possible risk factors for a disease.
- Critically evaluate public health and medical literature through knowledge gained of the basic principles and methods of epidemiology, including disease (outcome) measures, measures of association, study design options, bias, confounding, and effect measure modification.
- Develop a foundation for designing valid and efficient protocols to address public health and clinical problems.
- Apply quantitative skills to analyze and synthesize epidemiologic data related to public health issues.
- Design, implement, analyze and/or summarize an epidemiologic research project.
For further information, please visit the Clinical Epidemiology webpage for important details on this program.