Master of Science Degrees

The graduate programs in Epidemiology and Biostatistics are designed to develop skills and capability in the practice and teaching of this discipline. Students are able to learn and participate in epidemiology and biostatistics first hand from faculty members (most are employees of the New York State Department of Health with University at Albany appointments) who are actively engaged in the practice of epidemiology in addressing the public health problems and priorities of New York State. The major goal of the programs is to provide understanding of the theory, methods and knowledge of the science of epidemiology and the mathematics of biostatistics for students who plan to be employed in multiple settings, including universities, governmental agencies, health care facilities and private industry. 

MS Degree in Epidemiology

The MS Degree in Epidemiology prepares students to understand the distribution and risk factors for public health problems in the community. They learn to define, compute and interpret fundamental epidemiologic measures, explain the principles, strengths and weaknesses of epidemiologic study designs, know how to apply fundamental techniques for selection of study populations, have experience with techniques for collecting data and evaluating quality of data, demonstrate basic skills for managing computer-based data, and demonstrate the ability to interpret and present the results of epidemiological research.

Students should refer to Degree Requirements and Plan of Study to review the full curriculum.  Epidemiology MS students will typically take the following courses in the first semester of study:

Epi 501 Principles and Methods of Epidemiology 1
Epi 503 Principles of Public Health
Epi 514 Computer Programming for Data Management and Analysis in Public Health
Epi 552 Principles of Statistical Inference

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MS Degree in Biostatistics

The MS Degree in Biostatistics prepares students to serve as biostatistics researchers and as vital collaborators in public health projects, providing expertise on the use of statistics in analysis of public health data. Students acquire a foundation of knowledge in the core areas of statistical science, develop skills in defining a problem and determining the variables that are relevant to solving a public health problem, understand the appropriate use of data, the integrity of data sets, and how data can be used in analyzing public health issues. 

Students should refer to Degree Requirements and Plan of Study to review the full curriculum.  Biostatistics MS students will typically take the following courses in the first semester of study:

STA 554 Introduction to Theory of Statistics I
STA 558 Methods of Data Analysis I
EPI 501 Principles and Methods of Epidemiology
EPI 514 Computer Programming for Data Management and Analysis in Public Health

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Plan of Study