Core Course Requirements

Each professional degree-granting program is responsible for constructing a curriculum that meets core requirement objectives. Departmental core courses vary; students should consult their respective department(s) for specific requirements. All students, however, must successfully complete the School’s school-wide core course requirements. These include introductory core courses in Biostatistics and Epidemiology (see table below).

School-Wide Core Courses*
Academic Year Core Course Requirement
To meet the school wide requirement, master’s students must successfully pass one Biostatistics and one Epidemiology course from the table below. SD and DPH students must successfully pass two intermediate level Biostatistics courses and one Epidemiology course. SD and DPH students should refer to the Required Courses section of the Doctoral Student Information portion of the handbook for further details.

Course Code
Course Title
BIO 200 Principles of Biostatistics
BIO 201 Introduction to Statistical Methods
EPI 200 Principles of Epidemiology
EPI 201 Introduction to Epidemiology
EPI 500 Fundamentals of Epidemiology
*ID 538 Foundations in Public Health (Fall)

*Covers both BIO and EPI requirement

Summer Core Course Requirement
To meet the school wide requirement, master’s students must successfully pass two Biostatistics and one Epidemiology courses from the table below. Students enrolled in the PCE must select BIO 206 and BIO 207 or 208 or 209 plus EPI 208.

Course Code Course Title
BIO 202 Principles of Biostatistics I
BIO 203 Principles of Biostatistics II
BIO 206 Introduction to Statistics for Medical Research – PCE only
BIO 207 Statistics for Medical Research II – PCE only
BIO 208 Statistics for Medical Research Advanced – PCE only
BIO 209 Statistics for Medical Research Trans – PCE only
EPI 208 Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology – PCE only
EPI 500 Fundamentals of Epidemiology
EPI 505 Epidemiologic Methods for Global Health
*ID 207 Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics

*Covers both BIO and EPI requirement

Students providing an official transcript showing competency in a core area may waive a core requirement. Please note that the School does not accept transfer credit for courses taken elsewhere. A student waiving the requirement must still register for the minimum credits necessary for full- or part-time status. Waiving procedures are as follows:

  • School-Wide Core Courses: Students wishing to waive core courses in either Biostatistics or Epidemiology must submit a Waiver of Core Course Form, signed by the relevant instructor (see table above). Students must present a transcript and a copy of the course description to the instructor to verify appropriate coursework. If the request to waive a core course is approved, the student will not be required to enroll in the core course. Students within the Biostatistics Department are automatically exempted from an introductory core course in Biostatistics.
  • Departmental Core Courses: Students should consult their department administrator for procedures.