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Epidemiology Master's Program

The master's degree program is designed to provide students with the epidemiologic and biostatistical skills essential to engaging in clinical and population-based research. Students are trained in a wide range of applications of epidemiologic methods, from investigation into the causes of disease to the means for prevention. The program prepares students to participate in public health activities sponsored by government and non-governmental organizations such as health planning, disease control, and community health projects.


40 credits are required

  • 19 credits required epidemiology courses
  • 9 credits required biostatistics courses
  • 2 credits required SAS programming courses
  • 6 credits electives
  • 4 thesis credits

2-6 years, core courses can be completed in 2 academic years, but a student has up to 6 years to complete and defend a master’s thesis


Typical 2 year schedule of courses is listed below (* denotes pre/co-requisite courses)

Fall & Spring Semesters

Year-long non-credit workshops run by the Graduate School "Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) series". For more information and registration see: http://grad.msu.edu/rcr/

1st Fall:  

  • EPI 810* Intro to Epi
  • EPI 808* Biostatistics I
  • EPI 851* SAS Programming I
  • EPI 817 Epidemiology of Communicable Disease

1st Spring:

  • EPI 829 Design of Epi studies and clinical trial
  • EPI 809 Biostatistics II
  • EPI 852 SAS Programming II
  • EPI Requirement or Elective


  • Epi elective
  • EPI 899 Thesis credits•

2nd Fall:

  • EPI 812 Causal Inference
  • EPI 826 Research Methods in Epi
  • Epi 828: one-credit Research Ethics course
  • EPI 836 Practicum in epidemiological methods
  • EPI 899 Thesis credits

2nd Spring

  • Course(s) not completed during 1st Spring
  • EPI 899 Thesis credits

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