Master's Program

The ScM in Epidemiology will no longer be offered beginning with the Fall 2020 application cycle.

Prospective students are encouraged to explore the rigorous, research-intensive Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics concentration in the Brown MPH, a two-year professional degree that includes an internship, thesis, and the option of customizing your degree with one of several specialized concentrations.

Currently-enrolled ScM in Epidemiology students, please refer to the resources below.

Students pursuing an ScM in Epidemiology are required to take the following courses:

PHP 2150 – Foundations in Epidemiologic Research Methods
PHP 2200 – Intermediate Methods in Epidemiologic Research
PHP 2130 - Human Biology for Public Health

AND at least two of the following:
PHP 2030 - Clinical Trials Methodology
PHP 2040 - Applied Research Methods
PHP 2180 - Interpretation and Application of Epidemiology
PHP 2250 - Advanced Quantitative Methods in Epidemiological Research
PHP 2601 - Linear and Generalized Linear Models
PHP 2602 - Analysis of Lifetime Data
PHP 2610 - Causal Inference and Missing Data

Required Biostatistics Courses:
PHP 2510 – Principles of Biostatistics and Data Analysis
PHP 2511 – Introduction to Applied Regression Analysis


In addition, master's students are required to take the following non-credit courses during the first semester:

Graduate Student Course on SAS Data Management

Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) Course

All Epidemiology master's students must complete a thesis involving original data analysis. The thesis may involve original data collection, analysis of secondary data, or meta-analyses. The thesis will be a publication-quality manuscript suitable for submission to a recognized, peer-reviewed journal.

Master's Thesis Timeline

Students are encouraged to become familiar with potential thesis topics and to develop their own interests before investing major effort into the thesis work.  Students should begin to narrow their thesis topic by reading the literature and meeting with potential thesis advisors during the first semester. The thesis plan must be finalized by May 23rd of the second semester, with plans to begin research by the beginning of the third semester.

Oral presentation

As part of the thesis process, the Department requires all students to orally present the completed project. This is a capstone experience – not a formal defense – and is to be scheduled after the written version of the thesis has gained at least tentative approval by the faculty advisor and reader(s) but well before the deadline for submitting the thesis to the Graduate School.