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Program Overview

Through a combination of coursework and independent research, students will gain skills to communicate scientifically, describe trends and patterns of disease incidence and prevalence, critically review scientific literature related to epidemiology; apply epidemiological and analytic methods in the design of research; collect, analyze and interpret health data; conduct a study; and write and defend a thesis.

The Master of Science in Epidemiology is 24, consecutive months in duration. The option for part-time studies can be made available to professionals who would like to continue working whilst pursuing their degree. If part-time is of interest, please contact MSc in Epidemiology Graduate Assistant for more information.

Completing Your Degree

To complete the requirements for the program, students must​ complete:

Fall, year 1 

  • Completion of Introduction to Epidemiology (EPID 801) and Essentials of Biostatistics (EPID 821)
  • Completion of one elective course
  • Choose a thesis supervisor

Winter, year 1

  • Completion of Intermediate Epidemiology (EPID 804) and Applied Regression Analysis (EPID 822) 
  • Completion of one elective course 
  • Submit Thesis Outline (EPID 899) - last working day in February 

Spring/summer, year 1

  • Submit thesis proposal (EPID 899) - last working day in June 
  • Present Master's Thesis Proposal (EPID 899) - July 

Fall/winter, year 2 

  • Master's Thesis research (EPID 899)
  • Supplementary electives (optional) 

Spring/summer, year 2

  • Completion of Master's Thesis Research (EPID 899)
  • Thesis Defense (EPID 899) - June/August

Complete a Human Research Ethics (CORE) online tutorial before starting to work on their thesis. This online course is a mandatory requirement for all graduate students conducting research involving human subjects.



Selected graduate courses from other Departments can be taken as electives upon permission of the Instructor, Program Director, Department, and School of Graduate Studies.