Program Leading to the Master of Science Degree
Applicants to the M.S. program in Epidemiology are expected to satisfy the following requirements for admission:
**For candidates whose academic record predates the application by five years or more, letters of recommendation may be submitted by supervisors.
Epi 501 Principles and Methods of Epidemiology I (3);
Epi 502 Principles and Methods of Epidemiology II (3);
Sta 552 Principles of Statistical Inference I (3);
Sta 553 Principles of Statistical Inference II (3);
Epi 503 Principles of Public Health (3);
Epi 514 Computer Programming for Data Management and Analysis in Public Health (3);
Epi 602 Master's Seminar in Epidemiology (1);
Epi 690 Field Placement (3);
Epi 699 Thesis (3).
Epi 601 General Topics in Epidemiologic Methods (3);
Epi 604 Cancer Epidemiology (3);
Epi 605 Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3);
Epi 608 Injury Epidemiology (3);
Epi 609 Reproductive Epidemiolgy (3);
Epi 610 AIDS Epidemiology (3);
Epi 611 Controversies in Epidemiology (3);
Epi 612 Quantitative Methods in Epidemiology (4);
Epi 613 Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology (3);
Epi 615 Hospital Epidemiology (3);
Epi 616 Social Class and Race in Epidemiology (3);
Epi 619 Epidemiology of Diabetes (3)
Epi 620 Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Diseases (3)
Epi 701 Advanced Quantitative Methods for Epidemiology (3);
Other supportive courses related to the student's area of specialization: Appropriate courses may be selected from such departments as Biomedical Sciences, Environmental Health and Toxicology, Biological Sciences, Anthropology, and Biometry and Statistics, as well as courses at Albany Medical College.
In addition to the general University requirements for admission to graduate study, applicants to the graduate program in epidemiology are expected to:
* Students with concentrations in other areas may be admitted on the basis of relevant work experience, contingent upon the completion of necessary course work. Students lacking sufficient preparation in the biological sciences will be required to take additional courses in this area during their first semester.
** For candidates whose academic record predates the application by five years or more, letters of recommendation may be submitted by supervisors.
***These test scores may be waived in some cases.
Part-time study is permitted. However, students must be continuously registered and fulfill the University's one year full-time study in residence requirement. In accordance with University policy, all degree requirements must be completed within eight years.
In general, the requirements for the Ph.D. degree follow the policies and procedures set forth by the University at Albany. The program in epidemiology requires a minimum of 60 graduate course credits beyond the baccalaureate plus registration for and completion of a satisfactory doctoral dissertation. Students are required to meet the requirements for the M.S. in epidemiology along with additional course work. Students are expected to devote at least one year to the research and writing of an acceptable dissertation. The course of study of each student is planned with a faculty advisor who takes into account the student's previous preparation, area of specialization, and professional objectives. In addition to the core courses, supporting courses, and field placement at the masters level (or their equivalent), the following course work is required:
Students are required to complete a field placement during which the student works closely with a faculty member of the Department of Epidemiology on actual epidemiologic projects including experience in the areas of study design, data management and analysis. This requirement can be met by completion of Epi 690 Field Placement, or by equivalent experience obtained in a prior degree program, in a work setting or as part of the dissertation. The acceptability of equivalent experience is determined by the Department's academic committee.
Proficiency in computer programming/data management fulfills the research tool requirement.
Upon completion of all required courses, each doctoral candidate must pass a two-part written qualifying examination before admission to candidacy. The first part covers general epidemiologic and appropriate biostatistical principles and methods. The second part covers the student's chosen specialty area in epidemiology. Ordinarily, both parts of the exam are administered in the same semester.
Full Time Study in Residence
Each student in a doctoral program must engage in full-time study beyond the master's degree or equivalent at the University in at least two sessions after admission to the advanced program. This requirement is designed to insure for each doctoral student a sustained period of intensive intellectual growth. For this purpose a student will enroll in full-time study (12 credits) taken in each of two sessions, or in a regular session and a summer session, not necessarily consecutive, which must be completed satisfactorily, except as indicated here:
A student is admitted to candidacy for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy upon the following:
The Ph.D. dissertation is part of each candidate's curriculum for the doctorate. The dissertation committee must approve the form and content of the dissertation, which must represent an original and significant contribution in the field of epidemiology. The chair of the dissertation committee must be a member of the Department of Epidemiology; the committee consists of a minimum of three members, all of whom must hold the rank of assistant professor or above. One of the committee members must be from outside the Department of Epidemiology. The dissertation topic, proposed study design, methods, and detailed analysis plan must be presented in writing to and approved by the committee before the student initiates dissertation research. Outside readers may be included at the discretion of the committee. The dissertation must be approved by and successfully defended before the dissertation committee; the defense is open to the University community.
Each Ph.D. candidate is required to take part in and demonstrate competence in the teaching of epidemiology. Satisfaction of this requirement is determined by the Department's Academic Committee.