MSc Epidemiology


Epidemiology is the study of factors affecting health and illness in communities and populations.

The master of science (MSc) program in epidemiology is a thesis-based degree program that aims to provide students with the skills required to conceptualize, design, conduct, analyze and interpret observational (descriptive and analytic) and experimental studies that are used to identify risk, prognostic factors and course of communicable and non-communicable diseases; and to evaluate strategies designed to promote health, prevent disease and provide health care. 

Core Courses

These courses are required in order to complete this program.

SPH 555 - Foundations of Public Health Research (*3)
SPH 596 - Epidemiology Methods I (*3)

Specialization Courses

These courses are required for this specialization.

SPH 519 - Biostatistics I (*3)
SPH 619 - Biostatistics II (*3)
SPH 696 - Epidemiology Methods II (*3)

Elective Courses

Students are required to complete *6 of graduate level coursework, approved by their supervisor.


Students will successfully complete and defend a thesis on a research topic in the program area, defined in consultation with the student's supervisory committee. The scope and quality of the thesis should normally be appropriate to form the basis for a refereed journal publication.

As you prepare to defend your thesis, in the Final Oral Examination, you will want to become familiar with the Master's Final Oral Exam Procedures.

Length of Program

The time required to complete the program will vary according to the previous training of the applicant and the nature of the research undertaken. The maximum time permitted for completion of the program is four years (full or full time) from the date of first registration.