Master of Science in Quantitative Biomedical Sciences – Epidemiology Concentration

Dartmouth’s Master of Science degree in Quantitative Biomedical Sciences (QBS) with a concentration in Epidemiology examines the advanced, data-intensive study of the distribution and determinants of human disease. Students focus on identifying prevention and treatment methods for diseases that affect communities and the greater national population through the collection and analysis of biomedical data.

A master’s degree in Epidemiology is increasingly becoming the gold standard to become an epidemiologist across a wide range of industries. At Dartmouth, graduates receive interdisciplinary training for rewarding careers in biomedical research, government agencies, private industries, and nonprofit health organizations.

Epidemiology concentration requirements

The QBS Masters of Science degree with concentration in Epidemiology provides training in epidemiologic methods, biostatistics, bioinformatics, data analysis, and translational research. Graduates will have competencies in the theory and application of epidemiologic methods to complex problems in population health. Epidemiology students will receive interdisciplinary training for careers in biomedical research, government agencies, private industries, and nonprofit health organizations.

Student take a combination of core courses, including a capstone, and electives courses, completing their Master of Science degree in 15 months.

Core coursework

The core courses in this QBS concentration encompass 14 required units in fundamental topics of epidemiology, including applied epidemiological methods, programming for data scientists, biostatistics, statistical theory and modeling, and molecular biological markers in human health studies.

The QBS degree culminates with a master’s capstone, where students refine their skill set in a research or applied project conducted through individual work, collaboration with a Dartmouth investigator, or an external internship. The capstone experience challenges students to display their skills in communication, leadership, critical thinking, and presentation, as well as their ability to collaborate and inform peers working outside of an epidemiological function.

Dive deeper into the required core courses and capstone experience for the QBS Epidemiology concentration.

Elective courses

Students can specialize their degree by choosing from a long list of electives, including biomedical informatics, advanced multivariate data analysis, data wrangling, cancer biology, environmental health science and policy, and health communications.

Explore the electives available in the Epidemiology concentration.

QBS degree timeline

The QBS master’s degree is designed for on-campus, full-time study and is completed within 15 months. Enrollment is kept to small cohorts that foster collaboration and engagement between students to deepen course understanding and applicability. Review the Epidemiology timeline to learn more about the course sequencing for the QBS master’s degree for this concentration.

4+1 program

QBS offers a 4+1 option to Dartmouth undergraduates, allowing students to complete their Master's degree in 12 months (1 year) after earning their Dartmouth undergraduate degree (4 years).

Learn more about this accelerated Master's degree option.

Be at the forefront of public health and disease control

The Master of Science degree in Quantitative Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Epidemiology at Dartmouth produces leaders who are translating theory and research into actionable results that address the greatest challenges in public health and disease prevention.

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