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Master of Science in Epidemiology

Epidemiology as a life-saving science has made it into the popular consciousness through blockbuster novels and movies, but its real life struggles have had a significant, meaningful impact on the health, well-being, and future of human society through the study of the distribution of disease and injury in human populations.

With a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Epidemiology, graduates are prepared for careers in disease surveillance and outbreak investigations, research into the biological, environmental, social, and behavioral factors in human health, and designing disease prevention and control programs.

The M.S. in Epidemiology degree at Temple University gives students in-depth training and research opportunities in one of two areas:

  • Descriptive Epidemiology: surveillance and monitoring of outbreaks, including case identification, description of disease populations affected (prevalence), and rates of occurrence (incidence). The knowledge obtained from these descriptive studies may form the basis for disease prevention and control programs or lead to subsequent analytical, hypothesis-driven studies. 

  • Analytic Epidemiology: development and evaluation of research hypotheses concerning the effects of risk factors (genetic, behavioral, environmental, and health care) on human health. Analytic studies are the basis for our understanding of health risks and this knowledge may contribute to many research and prevention programs.

Since epidemiology is the principal science underlying disease prevention and control programs, this training is also a basic component for other degrees and programs in public health and preventive medicine.

The program offers many graduate level courses in applied quantitative biostatistics and topics such as environmental epidemiology, infectious epidemiology, HIV/AIDS epidemiology, mental and health epidemiology, maternal and child epidemiology. Students may complete the program on a full time or part time schedule and is designed to accommodate working professionals.