Much of clinical and translational research today depends on knowledge of epidemiology and biostatistics including study design, population sampling, identifying and reducing sources of bias, advanced biostatistical methods (regression analyses, survival analyses, risk prediction/prognostication) along with other methods widely used in clinical research (systematic literature reviews, meta-analyses, clinical trials, genetic epidemiology). The MS program provides intensive training in epidemiology and research methods for scientists and health care professionals who seek to conduct epidemiology/clinical epidemiology research. The main difference between the MS in Chronic Disease Epidemiology and the MPH in Chronic Disease Epidemiology is that the MPH is a two-year degree that provides broad training in public health (including biostatistics, health policy, environmental health sciences, and social and behavioral sciences), whereas the MS is a one-year degree that provides specialized training in epidemiology, more advanced biostatistics, and research methods.
The MS program is particularly well-suited for clinical fellows or junior faculty, who often fund their program through a K award. While this program is designed for individuals with a doctoral-level degree in a field related to health (e.g., MD, DVM, DDS, or PhD in the biological, behavioral, or social sciences), exceptional applicants without a prior doctorate but with a strong background in a biological or social science are also eligible to apply. Applicants should have one year of coursework in statistics or the equivalent prior to enrolling in this program; this requirement may be met through a Yale School of Public Health intensive biostatistics course taken during the summer before enrollment. This degree can be completed in one year of intensive full-time study, or for working professionals, a more flexible timeline can be arranged.
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The M.S. in Chronic Disease Epidemiology requires the completion of ten courses, including a Capstone course. The M.S. in Chronic Disease Epidemiology requires the student to complete the following courses. All "a" courses are offered in the fall term, "b" courses are offered in the spring term.
- BIS 623a, Applied Regression Analysis (1 Course Unit)
- BIS 625a, Categorical Data Analysis (1 Course Unit)
- BIS 630b, Applied Survival Analysis (0.5 Course Unit)
- BIS 632b, Design and Analysis of Epidemiologic Studies (0.5 Course Unit)
- CDE 508a, Principles of Epidemiology I (1 Course Unit)
- CDE 516b, Principles of Epidemiology II (1 Course Unit)
- CDE 523b, Measurement Issues in Chronic Disease Epidemiology (1 Course Unit)
CDE 525a,b – Seminar in Chronic Disease Epidemiology/Social and Behavioral Sciences
- CDE 617b, Developing a Research Protocol (Capstone Course)* (1 Course Unit)
- EPH 600b, Research Ethics and Responsibility (SAT/UNSAT)
Three of the following ELECTIVES: (These are suggested electives; alternate electives may be chosen with approval from your advisor)
- BIS 511a, GIS Applications in Epidemiology and Public Health (1 Course Unit)
- BIS 540a, Fundamentals of Clinical Trials (1 Course Unit)
- BIS 561b, Advanced Topics in Multicenter Clinical Trials (1 Course Unit)
- BIS 631a, Topics in Genetic Epidemiology (1 Course Unit)
- BIS 643b, Theory of Survival Analysis and its Applications (1 Course Unit)
- BIS 645a, Statistical Methods in Human Genetics (1 Course Unit)
- CDE 520b, Case-based Learning for Genetic and Environmental Diseases (1 Course Unit)
- CDE 531a, Health and Aging (1 Course Unit)
- CDE 532b, Epidemiology of Cancer (1 Course Unit)
- CDE 533a, Topics in Perinatal Epidemiology (1 Course Unit)
- CDE 535b, Epidemiology of Heart Disease and Stroke (1 Course Unit)
- CDE 562a, Nutrition and Chronic Disease (1 Course Unit)
- CDE 597a, Genetic Concepts in Public Health
- CDE 650a, Introduction to Evidence-Based Health Care and Medicine (1 Course Unit)
*In this capstone course, the student is required to complete an NIH-type grant application that is deemed reasonably competitive by the instructor. An optional addition to the capstone experience is an individualized tutorial in which the student completes a manuscript that is suitable for submission for publication in a relevant journal.
Upon receiving an M.S. degree Public Health with a concentration in Chronic Disease Epidemiology, the student will be able to:
- Explain and apply the terminology and definitions of epidemiology.
- Evaluate the scientific merit and feasibility of epidemiologic study designs.
- Describe the epidemiology of common chronic diseases.
- Synthesize information from a variety of epidemiologic and related studies.
- Design epidemiologic studies at an intermediate level.
- Analyze data and draw appropriate inferences from epidemiologic studies at an intermediate to advanced level, using a variety of analytical tools including multivariate logistic regression, Poisson regression, linear regression, and survival analysis.
- Write an NIH-type epidemiologic research proposal.
- Identify, interpret, and use routinely collected data on disease occurrence.
- Review, critique and evaluate epidemiologic reports and research articles at an intermediate level.
Chronic Disease Epidemiology Track - Prerequisites
Doctoral-level degree in a field related to health (e.g., MD, DVM, DDS, or Ph.D in the biological, behavioral, or social sciences), although exceptional applicants without a prior doctorate but with a strong background in a biological or social science are also eligible to apply. Applicants should have one year of coursework in statistics or the equivalent prior to enrolling in this program; this requirement may be met through a Yale School of Public Health intensive biostatistics course taken during the summer before enrollment.