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 (BST206/BST208). Alternatively, under Option B, students begin their training by taking the introductory courses in epidemiology (EPI500/EPI202) and biostatistics (BST202/BST203) 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 EPI208 Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology
(5 credits)
EPI500 Fundamentals of Epidemiology
(2.5 credits)EPI202 Elements of Epidemiologic Research
(2.5 credits)
Introductory Biostatistics BST206Introduction to Statistics for Medical Research(2.5 credits)
BST208 Statistics for Medical Research Advanced(2.5 credits)
 BST207 Statistics for Medical Research II (2.5 credits)
BST 202Principles of Biostatistics: Part I (2.5 Credits)
BST 203Principles 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 EPI208 and BST206 and (BST207 or BST 208) (10 credits)
EPI500/EPI202 and BST202/BST203(10 credits)
Advanced Epidemiology Methods EPI236
(5 credits)
Study Design in Clinical Epidemiology EPI210 (2.5 credits)
Required: an additional 2.5 ordinal credits from the following: EPI 202 (2.5 credits)
EPI 288 (2.5 credits)
EPI 293 (2.5 credits)
EPI 271 (1.25 credits)
BST 224 (2.5 credits)
BST 213  (5 credits)
Elective Courses All students must have ordinal 30 – 37.5 credits from required and elective courses
Thesis Preparation EPI315 (variable 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 EPI500 Bert Hofman 2.5 Summer1 3 weeks
Measuring Health Outcomes HPM530 Marcia Testa 2.5 Summer1 3 weeks
Health Services Research HPM276 Arnold Epstein 2.5 Summer1 3 weeks
Decision Analysis in Clinical Research RDS286 Uwe Siebert 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
Elements of Epidemiologic Research EPI202 Murray Mittleman 2.5 Summer2 3 weeks
Survival Methods for Clinical Research BST224 Roger Davis 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 with Large Databases HPM299 John Ayanian  Ellen McCarthy 2.5 Summer2 3 weeks
Applied Regression for Clinical Research BST213 John Orav 5.0 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
Stochastic Processes with Applications to Biology and Medicine BST222 Cristian Tomasetti 1.25 Winter 3 weeks