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M.S. in Epidemiology and Clinical Research (Epidemiology Track)

The Master of Science in Epidemiology and Clinical Research (Epidemiology Track) is designed to offer an MS degree to students pursuing a Ph.D. in Gerontology or Pharmaceutical Health Services Research as part of our dual degree programs. Also, students wishing to leave the Epidemiology and Human Genetics Ph.D. program can opt to get the MS in lieu of their Ph.D.  

The program prepares graduates to enter positions in local, regional, and state health agencies where they address public health issues and assist with research on the distribution and determinants of disease and disabilities. Located in the School of Medicine, this degree program provides special interdisciplinary opportunities and research experience.

Master’s students are introduced to the key aspects of epidemiology and preventive medicine. They acquire epidemiological and biostatistical skills to formulate and test hypotheses and begin research in an area of public health concern. They gain individual experience in analyzing, reporting, and presenting data.

Applicants should have a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field with at least a 3.0 GPA. Knowledge of college algebra and biology is required with courses in physiology, calculus, chemistry, computing, statistics and other quantitative sciences recommended. The degree program requires a minimum of 36 graduate credit hours, including 26 required credits and 10 credits from elective courses at the 600 level or above, including the option of 6 credits of Master’s Thesis Research.

Students who complete the Master of Science in Epidemiology and Clinical Research (Epidemiology Track) will have received an introduction to various aspects of the field of preventive medicine, beginning skills in epidemiologic and biostatistical approaches to formulating research hypotheses which can be tested, and experience in analyzing and preparing written reports on data related to a public health concern.


Required Courses

  • PREV 600 Principles of Epidemiology
  • PREV 619 Introduction to SAS
  • PREV 620 Principles of Biostatistics 
  • PREV 648 Health Services Policy, Management, and Finance
  • PREV 659 Observational Studies in Epidemiology
  • PREV 668 Environmental and Occupational Health
  • PREV 720 Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
  • PREV 747 Research Practicum I (or MS thesis)
  • PREV 748 Research Practicum II (or MS Thesis)
  • CIPP 907 Research Ethics (or equivalent)
  • PREV 799 Thesis Research Credits (6 minimum if MS- thesis option)
  • Electives as needed to meet 30 credit requirement

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The Master of Science in Clinical Research is a track in the Master of Science program in Epidemiology. It is designed specifically to meet the needs of the clinician or clinician-in-training by providing a combination of course work and research experiences needed for a successful career in clinical investigation. The curriculum provides students with a thorough understanding of clinical research methodology, biostatistics, and research ethics and will provide participants with the necessary skills to conduct independent clinical research, to teach, and to mentor others. Graduates will gain the ability to identify important research questions, develop research protocols, generate pilot data, conduct clinical investigations, analyze and write the results in a publishable form and develop and submit grant proposals. The program will prepare students to be competitive in seeking external support and be knowledgeable in the complex issues associated with conducting sound clinical research.

A total of 30 credits is required for the degree, which can be completed on a part-time basis within two years. Students may select from multiple concentration areas:

  • Epidemiologic Research
  • Patient-Oriented Research
  • Human Genetics
  • Outcomes/Health Services Research
  • Research Ethics

Mentored Research Project

The completion of a research project in the student's area of research interest is one unique aspect of the program. The purpose of requiring this project is to provide the student with a comprehensive awareness of the research experience from the formulation of the research question to the design and conduct of the research protocol, to the analysis and presentation of the findings of the study, to finally the publication of the research results.

Students can fulfill this requirement through a Master's thesis (PREV 799) or a two-semester course, Research Practicum (PREV 747 & 748). Both mentors and students will participate in a formal mentoring program to optimize the mentor-mentee relationship. It is expected that, for most students, the mentoring and training activities invested in the master's thesis ultimately will result in a funded research project.

Course Requirements

Core Courses (17-19 credits)

  • PREV 600 Principles of Epidemiology (Credits: 3)
  • PREV 616 Introduction to Clinical and Translational Research at UMB (Credits: 2)
  • PREV 619 Biostatistical Computing (Credits: 2)
  • PREV 620 Principles of Biostatistics (Credits: 3)
  • PREV 720 Statistical Methods in Epidemiology (Credits: 3)
  • PREV 633 Application of Legal and Regulatory Issues in Clinical Research (Credits: 1)
  • PREV 706 Research Informatics: Data Management in Research (Credits: 2)
  • CIPP 907/CIPP 909 Responsible Conduct of Research (or equivalent) (Credits: 1)
  • PREV 710 Clinical and Translational Research Project Design and Implementation (Credits: 2)

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Concentration Courses (6-8 credits)

Concentrations are not required; however, they provide a focus on specific clinical research methods. Other graduate school courses may be taken.

Epidemiologic Research

Concentration Coursework (6 credits)

  • PREV 659 Observational Studies in Epidemiology (Credits 3)
  • PREV 803 Clinical Trials and Experimental Epidemiology (Credits 3)

Patient Oriented Research

Concentration coursework (6 credits)

  • PHAR 600 Principles of Drug Discovery (Credits 3)
  • PREV 803 Clinical Trials and Experimental Epidemiology (Credits 3)

Human Genetics

Concentration Coursework (7 credits)

  • HGEN 601 Human Genetics I (Credits 4)
  • PREV 711 Genetic Epidemiology (Credits 3)

Outcomes/Health Services Research

Concentration Coursework (6 credits)

  • PREV 648 Health Care Administration and Evaluation (Credits 3)
  • PREV 758 Health Survey Research Methods (Credits 3)

Research Ethics Concentration

Concentration Coursework (6 credits)

  • PREV 637 Ethical Issues in Clinical Research (Credits 3)
  • PREV 638 Ethical Issues in International Health (Credits 3)

Remaining Coursework

Practicum/Electives (5 credits)

  • PREV 747/748 Research Practicum I and II OR PREV 799 Masters Thesis (5-6 credits)
  • Electives to total to 30 credits (4-5 credits)


Admission Requirements

Applicants complete the University of Maryland's graduate school application (use application code: GPILS-MS-PREV) for admission.

Applications for the Master's of Science are due February 15, 2017.

More information on the graduate admissions process can be found on the Graduate School website.

Physicians or other health professionals may substitute MCAT (or equivalent) scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) requirement.

Only six credits of coursework may be taken as a coursework-only student prior to applying as a Master's degree student.

For additional information, download the Frequently Asked Questions‌ or contact:


Please feel free to contact the Director of this track if you have questions:

Stafford, A. Kristen, Ph.D.

(410) 706-6230