Epidemiology - Master of Science
The Master of Science (MS) degree is intended for students whose interests in epidemiology are academically oriented rather than directed toward professional practice. It is a natural entry point for students who are interested in pursuing a PhD degree or a career in research.
Because of this orientation, the emphasis in the MS degree program is on building a strong foundation in a particular specialty field, along with the research methods important in that field. To reflect this research and academic orientation, the MS degree ordinarily requires the preparation of a thesis, though it is available under a non-thesis option at the discretion of the division of specialization.
Students admitted to the MS degree program are assigned a faculty advisor who will provide guidance throughout the program. This document serves as a resource to be used by the student and the advisor in planning a program with a specialization in Epidemiology. For detailed additional information about specific requirements, students are directed to the College of Public Health (CPH) handbook and to the Graduate School Handbook (http://www.gradsch.ohio-state.edu/).
Program of Study
The MS-Epidemiology curriculum consists of a minimum of 48 credits organized into three curricular domains:
1. Courses required for a specialization in epidemiology (31-38 credits)
2. Elective courses approved for the specialization (6-7 credits)
3. Thesis (3 credits)