Master of Science in Computational Epidemiology and Systems Modeling

2-Year DEGREE PROGRAM | 48 CREDIT HOURS

The Master of Science (MS) in Computational Epidemiology and Systems Modeling program trains students to become highly skilled epidemiologists who can understand and analyze public health problems with mathematical and statistical models. 

Epidemiological models and simulation-based analyses are increasingly used to inform public health policy and practice. The proposed curriculum aims to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience necessary to become epidemiologists who are proficient in mathematical modeling, computational science, and the statistical tools that connect these models to real-world data and problems. Graduates of the program will be well-prepared for careers in research, academia, data management, industry, and health informatics. 

The degree is awarded by the University of Michigan’s Rackham Graduate School through the Department of Epidemiology in the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Program Curriculum 

The program is organized around four core areas: epidemiology, mathematical modeling, statistics, and computing/programming. Training consists of three elements: 

  1. Core courses that introduce and further explain key concepts in epidemiology, mathematical modeling, statistics, and computing/programming (35 credits)
  2. A series of electives covering topics in computational epidemiology, systems modeling, public health decision-making, and applied statistics (9 credits)
  3. Capstone project(s) to be completed by students during the final two semesters of the MS degree program (4 credits)

Courses will serve as a way for students to gain knowledge across the four disciplines and apply their acquired skills to coursework. By graduation, students will have competence in key computing languages (e.g. R, Python, or C++).

Program Prerequisites

Epidemiology is a discipline strongly rooted in the life sciences and quantitative analysis. Applicants should have a strong interest in quantitative science and health; an undergraduate degree in engineering, social, life or applied quantitative sciences, mathematics, statistics or public health; and, ideally, should have taken courses in calculus, linear algebra, statistics and/or programming. 

Faculty and Research

Students in the MS in Computational Epidemiology and Systems Modeling program will have the opportunity to learn and work alongside faculty with varied interests, specializations, backgrounds, and active research projects in different areas. From cancer intervention, to surveillance modeling and pandemic response, University of Michigan School of Public Health faculty lead centers and partnerships that span the globe.

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Ready to Apply?

MS applicants apply to our program through the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School.

The deadline for applications to the MS in Computational Epidemiology and Systems Modeling program is December 1, 2021. Final Dealine for International Applicants: January 15, 2022.

How to Apply

Application Requirements

As part of the application process, prospective students must provide:

  • Statement of Purpose: Your statement of purpose should be a concise, well-written statement about your academic and research background as well as your career goals. The length of the statement of purpose should be between 1-3 pages and submitted via ApplyWeb and Rackham.
  • Personal Statement: Your personal statement should be a discussion of the journey that led to your decision to pursue a graduate degree in Computational Epidemiology and Systems Modeling. It should be submitted via ApplyWeb and Rackham.
  • Transcripts:
    • Applicants who attended or are attending a U.S. Institution:
      Upload an electronic version of your official transcript(s) for each bachelor’s, master’s, professional, or doctoral degree earned or in progress through your ApplyWeb application account. ​​​​​​​​​​
      If you are recommended for admission, the Rackham Graduate School will require an official transcript(s). Recommended applicants will receive an email notification when the official transcript(s) are required for submission. All students are asked to include an electronic transcript during the online application.
    • Applicants who attended or are attending a non-U.S. institution: Review required academic credentials from non-U.S. institutions for transcript/academic record requirements by country or region. Submitting transcript/academic records is a two-step process.

      Upload an electronic version of your official transcript/academic record for each institution attended through your ApplyWeb application account.

      At the time of application, you must also submit an official transcript/academic record for each institution attended. See Rackham’s detailed instructions on how to submit transcripts/academic records to the Rackham Graduate School.
  • English Language Test Scores: The TOEFL or IELTS is required for applicants whose native language is not English, unless they meet one of the exemption criteria.  
  • Letters of Recommendation:  Letters of recommendation should signed and printed on letterhead. Submitted via ApplyWeb and Rackham.
    master: 3 letters are required (at least 2 academic)

Questions and More Information

For information on applying to this program, please contact:

Nancy Francis, Epidemiology Department Program Coordinator
nhellner@umich.edu