School of Public Health

Master of Science Degree (MS)

Masters students in the classroomA Master of Science degree earned from the UW Department of Epidemiology combines required and elective coursework to develop your knowledge and skills in the principles and methods of epidemiology with hands-on epidemiologic research mentored by faculty. Our rich, collaborative training program will position you to find professional success improving public health through research.

Program Outline
The 60-credit-hour program is typically finished in 6 quarters of coursework (2 years). It begins in autumn quarter and requires on-site attendance. You and your peers will move through the core requirements together, with a few exceptions resulting from curricular differences between the two MS Epi track options detailed below. Faculty will play an important mentorship role in both your curricular and research pursuits, in addition to helping you make important connections with partner departments and agencies. Our MS program is designed to provide you with competency in a wide variety of areas that will prepare you for a career in public health practice and research.

To learn about the details of the MS program, look at our Epi MS Student Handbook.

You may apply for one of two tracks: General Epidemiology or Clinical Research Methods

The MS General Track offers in-depth training in epidemiologic methods for students preparing to pursue a research focused career. You may tailor the degree to your specific interests through elective coursework and the thesis. 

The Clinical Research Methods track is a research training program designed for clinicians who intend to conduct research with patients in clinical settings. Examples include clinical trials on the effectiveness and safety of new treatments, studies of new tools for diagnosis or for monitoring disease course, and studies of factors that influence the outcome of illness.

The Department attracts students nationally and internationally and welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. You must have a Bachelor's degree or higher by the time of entry.

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