Epidemiology Core Requirements

Options for fulfilling the epidemiology core requirement include satisfactory completion of one of the following two options:

  • Option 1: Successful completion of Epidemiology 503 or Epidemiology 601.
  • Option 2: Successful completion of the epidemiology exemption examination.

Choosing Between Epidemiology 503 and Epidemiology 601

Epidemiology 503 is the preferred course for students in most departments. This 3-credit hour course is offered each winter term. The course provides a basic introduction to epidemiology, with review of fundamental principles and concepts, and application to selected examples of chronic, non-infectious diseases and infectious diseases.

Epidemiology 601 is a 4-credit hour course offered in fall term designed for epidemiology majors. It assumes concurrent enrollment in pathology and biostatistics or prior preparation. The course is targeted to an audience with prerequisites consistent with acceptance into the epidemiology masters' program, which assumes appropriate preparation in mathematics and biology.