Master of Science (MS)

The Master of Science (M.S.) Degree is a research-oriented degree within the general field of epidemiology. It includes the preparation of a thesis or comprehensive examination and is appropriate for students intending to go into a research career.

Mandatory core courses (36 units) are Epidemiology 200A (4 units), 200B (6 units), 200C (6 units), 220 (4 units); Biostatistics 100A (4 units) or 200A (4 units) or 201A (4 units); Biostatistics 100B (4 units) or 200B (4 units) or 201B (4 units); an approved chronic disease epidemiology course (2 or 4 units), an approved statistics course in regression or multivariate methods (4 units); andan approved data-management course (2 or 4 units). MS students who do not have a degree from a Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)-accredited public health school, must take PH C201 to meet the CEPH required 12 learning objectives. Remaining units are completed with elective courses offered by the department excluding those stated above.

All courses included for advancement to candidacy must have a letter grade (not S/U). Students must maintain an average of no less than 3.0 (B) in all courses required or elected during graduate residence at the University of California. In addition, students must maintain an average of no less than 3.0 (B) in the Epidemiology 200ABC series and 220. 

Epidemiology MS students may follow either the thesis plan (Plan I) or the capstone plan (Plan II). A thesis or capstone plan must be completed before graduation.