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Epidemiology (MS)

With a Master of Science (MS) 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. View Curriculum.

The MS in Epidemiology degree at Temple University gives student's in-depth training and research opportunities in two major areas of the discipline:

  • 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 health epidemiology, social epidemiology, maternal and child epidemiology. Students may complete the program on a full time or part time schedule and the Program is designed to accommodate working professionals.

The MS in Epidemiology degree requires 30 credits of course work, plus completion of a six-credit Master’s thesis (for a total degree requirement of 36 credits). The MS degree can be completed in two academic years by full-time students and in three academic years by part-time students. Students will be granted up to six credits of advanced standing credit for course work completed through the CDC or a CEPH accredited public health program, some of which are offered as intensive summer courses.