MS Epidemiology Courses & Requirements

Open to graduate students in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics or approval of the department.

40 credits are required 

  • 30 credits required
  • 6 credits electives
  • 4 thesis credits  

Additional Requirements

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/

LENGTH

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

CORE COURSES

30 credits are required from the following choices


Fall Semester

EPI 808 BIOSTATISTICS I

Applications of probability and statistics in the applied health sciences. Probability distributions, estimation and tests for one-, two-, and paired samples, linear regression, correlation, and ANOVA. Use of statistical software. Critical appraisal of statistical methods in the biomedical literature.

Semester: Fall (Every year) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: N/A
Instructor: Dr. Ana Vazquez / Syllabus

 

EPI 809 BIOSTATISTICS II

Analysis of categorical data in epidemiologic studies. Contingency tables and logistic regression.

Semester: Spring (every year) Credits: 3
Prerequisite:  EPI 808
Instructor: Dr. Gustavo de los Campos / Syllabus

 

EPI 810 INTRODUCTORY EPIDEMIOLOGY

Disease from a population perspective as the interaction of host, agent, and environment. Case definition, measuring frequency of disease, mortality and morbidity data, and major study designs.

Semester: Fall (Every year) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: N/A
Instructor: Dr. Honglei Chen / Syllabus

 

EPI 812 CAUSAL INFERENCE

Causality in epidemiology. Application of theoretical concepts to the design, analysis, and assessment of epidemiologic research.

Semester: Fall (Every year) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: EPI 810
Instructor: Dr. Claudia Holzman / Syllabus

 

EPI 817 COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

Application of principles of epidemiology to research in communicable diseases relevant to public health in the U.S. and other countries.

Semester: Fall (Every year) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: EPI 810
Instructor: Dr. Lixin Zhang / Syllabus

 

EPI 826 RESEARCH METHODS IN EPIDEMIOLOGY

Analyses of epidemiologic and clinical data applying statistical methods, based on logistic and survival models, using standard software.

Semester: Fall (Every year) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: EPI 809
Instructor: Dr. Zhehui Luo / Syllabus

 

EPI 828 RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH

Ethical and regulatory issues in the responsible conduct of epidemiology research. Topics include informed consent; scientific misconduct; human subjects protection; responsible data management including electronic medical records, biological samples and genetic data; HIPAA compliance; and other current issues of scientific integrity.

Semester: Fall (Every year) Credits: 1
Prerequisite: EPI 810
Instructor: Dr. David Barondess / Syllabus

 

EPI 836 PRACTICUM IN EPIDEMIOLOGICAL METHODS

Data management, analysis, interpretation and presentations using public data sets.

Semester: Fall (Every year) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: EPI 812
Instructor: Dr. Nicole Talge / Syllabus

 

EPI 851 SAS PROGRAMMING 1: ESSENTIALS

A programming approach to plan and write simple SAS programs to solve common data management and data analysis problems.

Semester: Fall (Every year) Credits: 1
Prerequisite: N/A
Instructor: Dr. Chi ChangSyllabus


Spring Semester

EPI 852 SAS PROGRAMMING II: DATA MANAGEMENT & ANALYSIS

A programming approach to plan and write SAS programs to solve common data management and data analysis problems.

Semester: Spring (Every year) Credits: 1
Prerequisite: EPI 851
Instructor Dr. Chi Chang / Syllabus

 

LCS 829 DESIGN & CONDUCT OF EPIDEMIOLOGICAL STUDIES & CLINICAL TRIALS

Applied analytical methods in experimental design. Assessment of health and disease status of animal and human populations. Risk assessment and interpretation of clinical trials.

Semester: Spring (Every year) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: EPI 808 or EPI810
Instructor: Dr. Claire Margerison / Syllabus


CHOOSE 1
OF THE NEXT 2 COURSES AS A CORE COURSE

 

EPI 815 EPIDEMIOLOGY OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

Survey of methodologies used in epidemiologic studies of cardiovascular diseases. Review of evidence of genetic, environmental, and behavioral causes of cardiovascular disease.

Semester: Spring (even years) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: N/A
Instructor: Dr. Mat Reeves / Syllabus

OR

EPI 823 CANCER EPIDEMIOLOGY

Basic principles of carcinogenesis. Major etiologic factors, types of malignancies, and biomarkers for susceptibility and exposure. Prevention and early detection of cancer.

Semester: Spring (odd years) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: EPI 810 & (EPI 809 OR EPI 808B)
Instructor: Dr. Dorothy Pathak / Syllabus


ELECTIVES

6 credits are required from the the following choices 


Fall Semester

EPI 805 READINGS IN THE HISTORICAL ROOTS OF EPIDEMIOLOGICAL THOUGHT

Historical evolution of models of disease causation and population perspectives on disease.

Semester: Fall (Every year) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: Epi 810
Instructor: Dr. Jim Anthony / Syllabus

 

EPI 835 NEUROEPIDEMIOLOGY

Epidemiology of neurologic and neuropsychiatric disorders with emphases on neurodegenerative disorders (e.g., Alzheimer's disease).

Semester: Fall (odd years) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: EPI 810
Instructor: Dr. Jim Anthony  /  Syllabus

 

EPI 950 ADVANCED BIOSTATISTICAL METHODS IN EPIDEMIOLOGY

Study of specific biostatistical methods and epidemiology applications.

Semester: Fall (even years) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: EPI 826B OR EPI 826
Instructor: Dr. Zhehui Luo / Syllabus

 

EPI 953 ANALYTICAL STRATEGIES FOR OBSERVATIONAL STUDIES

Models and methods such as propensity scores, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity design, discrete choice analysis, and marginal structural models. Examples will be demonstrated with procedures in major statistical software.

Semester: Fall (odd years) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: EPI 826B OR EPI 826
Instructor: Dr. Zhehui Luo / Syllabus

 

EPI 977 SOCIAL EPIDEMIOLOGY

Introduction to the field of social epidemiology and the social determinants of health. Contemporary theoretical and methodological issues in social epidemiology.

Semester: Fall (even years) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: EPI 810
Instructor: Dr. Claire Margerision / Syllabus


Spring Semester

EPI 815 EPIDEMIOLOGY OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

Survey of methodologies used in epidemiologic studies of cardiovascular diseases. Review of evidence of genetic, environmental, and behavioral causes of cardiovascular disease.

Semester: Spring (even years) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: N/A
Instructor: Dr. Mat Reeves / Syllabus

 

EPI 816 PERINATAL EPIDEMIOLOGY

Epidemiology of adverse health states in pregnancy and the puerperium. Impact of these health states on subsequent child development.

Semester: Spring (Even years) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: N/A
Instructor: Dr. Nigel Paneth  /  Syllabus

 

EPI 823 CANCER EPIDEMIOLOGY

Basic principles of carcinogenesis. Major etiologic factors, types of malignancies, and biomarkers for susceptibility and exposure. Prevention and early detection of cancer.

Semester: Spring (odd years) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: EPI 809 or EPI 810
Instructor: Dr. Dorothy Pathak  /  Syllabus

 

EPI 910 THEMES IN CONTEMPORARY EPIDEMIOLOGY

Discussion and critique of important contemporary themes in epidemiology as reflected in current publications in the field.

Semester: Spring (every year) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: N/A
Instructor: Dr. Jim Anthony / Syllabus

 

EPI 920 ADVANCED METHODS IN EPIDEMIOLOGY AND APPLIED STATISTICS

Pattern recognition and cluster analysis, longitudinal data analysis, path analysis, repeated measures and time-series analysis.

Semester: Spring (every year) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: EPI 826B OR EPI 826
Instructor: Dr. David Todem / Syllabus

 

EPI 952 DURATION AND SEVERITY ANALYSIS

Analysis of data that involve time to occurrence of a single event or multiple durations between occurrences of several events; modeling techniques; survival analysis in clinical and public health studies; frailty models; experimental and non-experimental applications using major statistical software.

Semester: Spring (odd years) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: EPI 826B OR EPI 826
Instructor: Dr. Joseph Gardiner / Syllabus 

 

EPI 979 ADVANCED TOPICS OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY

Epidemiological and public health perspectives on the etiology, transmission and prevention of infectious diseases. Key conceptual and methodological issues associated with studying infectious diseases from molecular and population based perspectives.

Semester: Spring (even years) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: N/A
Instructor: Dr. Lixin Zhang / Syllabus

 

STT 847 ANALYSIS OF SURVIVAL DATA

Analysis of lifetime data. Estimation of survival functions for parametric and nonparametric models. Censored data. The Cox proportional hazards model. Accelerated failure time models. Frailty models. Use of statistical software packages.

Semester: Springl (odd years) Credits: 3
Prerequisite: N/A 


Summer Semester

EPI 495 EPIDEMIOLOGY AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH IN SOCIETY

Introduction to epidemiology as applied to behavioral health issues in contemporary society. Life-span developmental perspective from preterm births to late life Alzheimer's disease and the dementias.

Semester: Summer  (every year)
Prerequisite: None
Instructor: Jim Anthony / Syllabus


Any Semester

EPI 890 INDEPENDENT STUDY (subject not taught in another course)

Independent study in areas relevant to epidemiology such as population genetics.

Semester: Any  Credits: 3
Prerequisite: N/A


MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH

EPI 899 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH

Semester: Fall, Spring, or Summer of every year
A minimum of 4 credits is required
Prerequisite:  N/A

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

Fall & Spring Semesters  (For a description of classes see Core Courses)

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

Summer

  • 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

 

A graduate student is considered ‘full time’ with 9 credits.

For students enrolled as full time students in the MS or PhD, the recommended course registrations for Fall Semester are the following:

Recommended for Fall Semester:

  • Epi 810 Introductory Epidemiology
  • EPI 817 Epidemiology of Communicable Diseases
  • EPI 808 Biostatistics I
  • EPI 851 SAS Programming I: Essentials

 

Yearlong 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/

 

Recommended for Spring Semester:

  • EPI 829 Design of Epidemiological Studies and Clinical Trials
  • EPI 809 Biostatistics II
  • EPI 852 SAS Programming II: Data Management and Analysis
  • EPI requirement or elective