The Master of Science in Epidemiology is a 39-credit hour program that prepares graduates to study the distribution and dynamics of disease and health in populations, investigate causative factors and determinants of disease in populations, and advance the body of knowledge that will make it possible to control and/or prevent disease and to optimize health. Graduates of the MS Epidemiology program work in a variety of settings including local, state, and federal agencies such as health departments and academic health sciences centers. The Master of Science in Epidemiology is considered a research degree. Those who intend to use the degree in a research setting such as a university are generally advised to pursue the MS degree. The thesis requirement gives the MS student valuable research and writing experience critical for research.
The Hudson College of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). The MS program may be completed by full or part-time students and is offered in Oklahoma City.
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The following are required:
The applicant must be in good standing with the college or university where currently enrolled or last attended.
Bachelor’s or entry-level first professional degree from an accredited institution.
Grade point average of 3.0 or above using the upper-division coursework of the bachelor's degree.
test is required. Scores should be sent to SOPHAS by using the code 4244.
Career goal statement uploaded through SOPHAS
Current CV/Resume uploaded through SOPHAS
Three letters of academic or professional recommendation uploaded through SOPHAS
by the recommender. Applicants must list recommenders’ contact information on the application and then upon submission, SOPHAS will send instructions to each recommender on how to submit their letter electronically through the online portal.
International applicants are required to demonstrate English proficiency
by submitting TOEFL
(score of 88 or above) or IELTS
(score of 6.5 or above) that meet the minimum required score
. TOEFL scores must be submitted to SOPHAS using the designation code #5688.
MS in Epidemiology
- Spring: October 15
- Fall: June 15
CURRENT OU STUDENTS OR ALUMNI APPLICATION PROCESS
Application Instructions for Current OU Students and OU Alumni can be found here.
NON-OU STUDENTS OR ALUMNI APPLICATION PROCESS
STEP 1: SOPHAS APPLICATION
Submit a SOPHAS application (www.sophas.org) and required fee (click here to review information regarding SOPHAS fees and fee waivers). The documentation identified in the ‘Admission Requirements’ section must be submitted in SOPHAS.
STEP 2: SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION
Applicants to the OU Hudson College of Public Health are required to submit a supplemental application and fee. The supplemental application is available via the OU Health Sciences Center website at: https://apps.ouhsc.edu/admissions/. Please note that the MS Epidemiology program will be listed under "Graduate College" in the online application (MS & PhD programs are listed under "Graduate College' but are taught by the Hudson College of Public Health). Applicants must select the same program(s) in the supplemental application as they did in the SOPHAS application.
PLEASE NOTE: There is no fee for the supplemental application
|Foundations and Overview of Public Health course
||3 credit hours
|Required BSE courses
||21 credit hours
|Elective BSE courses
||15 credit hours
||39 CREDIT HOURS
Any MS or PhD student who has not previously completed the core MPH courses or earned a MPH degree will be required to complete an overview course in public health. At the first opportunity students should enroll in BSE 5033 Foundations and Overview of Public Health (3 hours).
|REQUIRED BSE COURSES
||Problems in Biostatistcs and Epidemiology
||Applications of Microcomputers to Data Analysis
||Principles of Epidemiology
||Biostatistics Methods I
||Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods
||Research for Master's Thesis - 4 credit hours
|BSE 5303 or BSE 5363
||Epidemiology of Infectious Disease or Epidemiology and Prevention of Chronic Diseases
||Scientific Integrity in Research
|ELECTIVE BSE COURSES
(At least nine additional hours in epidemiology courses, including at least one of the following epidemiologic methods courses:)
||Methods in Infectious Disease Epidemiology
||Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology
||Methods in Clinical Epidemiology
||Advanced Epidemiologic Methods
Applied Biostatistics courses numbered above 5163 (6 credit hours)
A minimum of 39 credit hours is required for an MS in Epidemiology degree.
Additional Degree Requirements:
- Computer proficiency (met with BSE 5013)
- Basic knowledge of the biomedical sciences
- Comprehensive Examination
- Master's Thesis
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This degree program is subject to the policies and procedures printed in Hudson College of Public Health Bulletin.
The MS in Epidemiology program is considered a STEM-designated degree program.
A STEM-designated program is an academic program that falls under at least one of the approved categories from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). These categories are recognized by the government for their focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics. DHS's updated STEM-designated degree list can be found here: https://www.ice.gov/doclib/sevis/pdf/stemList2022.pdf.