Requirements and Curriculum

The master’s degree in epidemiology requires a minimum of 33 credit hours of coursework.

The UB Graduate School requires a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimum grade of B in every required course.

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Thesis Research

Through the mandatory thesis, you will raise theoretical questions or hypotheses and test them through conducting independent, epidemiologic research. This research provides opportunities to identify a problem, develop a research design, and analyze and interpret data. You will conduct your thesis research under the supervision of your major professor and a thesis committee.

Your research culminates in a written thesis which must be formally defended.

View the Epidemiology and Environmental Health Graduate Student Handbook for more information about program requirements.

Required Courses

Principles and Methods of Epidemiology Core Courses

Statistical Methods Core Courses

Public Health Core Course

MS Thesis Guidance

Credit hours total 22 for required core courses.

Epidemiology Electives for MS
Choose three of the following courses:

Taught every year:

Taught in odd springs (2021, 2023, 2025, etc.):
Taught in odd falls (2021, 2023, 2025, etc.):

Credit hours total 9 for required epidemiology elective courses.

Graduate Seminar

Recommended Options to Fulfill the Balance of Remaining Credit Hours

The balance of hours remaining to reach 33 credits can be fulfilled by any combination of the following:

Students can petition to take courses outside the listed electives or at the PhD level if the course is relevant to their future career plans, and they obtain permission of the course instructor and the MS/PhD graduate director.

Clinical Research Track Curriculum

If you are interested in a thesis that focuses on clinical epidemiology, please contact the graduate director, Dr. Amy E. Millen who will help you design your MS degree to achieve this goal.

Academic Integrity Policy for Graduate Students

All students should review and be familiar with UB’s policy on academic integrity.