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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.

Like the PhD, the MS in Public Health is offered through the department’s affiliation with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

  • Applicants must submit GRE General Test score (less than 5 years old) to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (institution code 3987; no department code is required). 
  • Only applicants to the MS in Chronic Disease Epidemiology may submit MCAT scores in lieu of the GRE.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all applicants whose native language is not English. This requirement is waived only for applicants who will have received a baccalaureate degree, or its foreign equivalent, prior to matriculation at Yale, from a university or college where English is the primary language of instruction. TOEFL scores should also be sent to institution code 3987. 

Information regarding funding opportunities, financial aid, tuition and living costs, as well as student loans, can be found at http://www.yale.edu/graduateschool/financial/index.html.


MS Competencies

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 and carry out epidemiologic studies, with minimal supervision.
  • 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.

Degree Requirements

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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.

Requirements Completed?

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Course Units

BIS 623a, Applied Regression Analysis                                                                

1

BIS 625a, Categorical Data Analysis                                                                                   

1

BIS 630b, Applied Survival Analysis                                                

1

CDE 508a, Principles of Epidemiology I                                                    

1

CDE 516b, Principles of Epidemiology II                                                            

1

CDE 523b, Measurement Issues in Chronic Disease Epidemiology              

1

CDE 525a/b, Seminar in Chronic Disease Epidemiology/Social and Behavioral Sciences (this course does not count towards the ten required courses)          

0

CDE 617b, Developing a Research Proposal (Capstone Course)*               

1

EPH 600b, Research Ethics and Responsibility (this course does not count towards the ten required courses)                       

0

Three of the following ELECTIVES:
(NOTE: These are suggested electives; alternate electives may be chosen with your advisor’s approval)

BIS 511a, GIS Applications in Epidemiology and Public Health                  

1

BIS 540a, Fundamentals of Clinical Trials                                                  

1

BIS 561b, Advanced Topics in Multicenter Clinical Trials                                   

1

BIS 643b, Theory of Survival Analysis and its Applications                       

1

BIS 645a, Statistical Methods in Human Genetics                                       

1

CDE 520b,Case-Based Learning for Genetic & Environmental Diseases                                  

1

CDE 531a, Health and Aging                                                          

1

CDE 532b, Epidemiology of Cancer                                                

1

CDE 533a, Topics in Perinatal Epidemiology                                            

1

CDE 535b, Epidemiology of Heart Disease and Stroke                    

1

CDE 562a, Nutrition and Chronic Disease                                                  

1

CDE 597a, Genetic Concepts in Public Health

1

CDE 634b, Advanced Applied Analytical Methods in Epidemiology and Public Health

1

CDE 650a, Introduction to Evidence-Based Health Care and Medicine      

1

*In this capstone course, the student is required to develop a grant application that is deemed reasonably competitive by the instructor. An alternative to this capstone course is an individualized tutorial (CDE600) in which the student completes a manuscript that is suitable for submission for publication in a relevant journal. rev. 07.01.2014

Many of the students that matriculate into the MS Chronic Disease Epidemiology track have a MD or PhD degree and choose this program to gain knowledge in epidemiology. Generally they choose to do so to enhance their research and have obtained funds to pursue such a degree. Most of these students are current Yale employees and work full-time while attending school on a part-time basis. 

Other graduates from the MS Chronic Disease Epidemiology track have pursued medical school or a PhD.