Master of Science in Epidemiology

Dartmouth’s Master of Science degree 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 requirements

The Master of Science degree 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 an optional capstone, and electives courses, completing their Master of Science degree in 12-15 months.

Core coursework

The core coursework of this degree encompasses 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 Epidemiology curriculum also includes an optional 3-unit 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 Epidemiology degree.

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 for Epidemiology.

Be at the forefront of public health and disease control

The Master of Science degree 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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