Epidemiology - Master of Science

The Master of Science degree is designed for students whose interests in epidemiology are academically oriented rather than professional practice. It is a natural entry point for students who are interested in pursuing a PhD degree or a career in research.

Throughout your studies, you’ll build a strong foundation in a particular specialty field, along with the research methods important it. The research and academic skills you learn will be used to prepare and defend a thesis.

Research specialization

Public Health faculty have a range of epidemiological expertise including cancer epidemiology, reproductive and sexual health, infectious diseases, childhood obesity and psychiatric epidemiology.

Program of study

Learn how to track the history, frequency, distribution and causes of disease, and apply epidemiological methods. The two-year, 46-credit master’s degree consists of foundational and specialization coursework, electives and a thesis.

Degree requirements

Minimum credit hours: 46    
Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree; 3.0 GPA (recommended); strong undergraduate math and science education    
Program start: Autumn semester

Deadlines to apply

Dec. 1

priority deadline

Feb. 1

GTA/GRA consideration

May 15

regular deadline


Apply to the Master of Science

Review our application preparation recommendations prior to applying to the master’s program. When you’re ready, submit your application through SOPHAS. A supplemental Ohio State application will follow. Priority deadline to apply is February 1 for graduate assistantship consideration.

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