Course Delivery

100% Online

Total Credits

36

Approximate Cost per Credit

$695 in state
$705 out of state

Time to Completion

Graduate in as few as 18 months

Program Overview

Prepare to drive innovative, life-saving research. In Kent State’s online Master of Science (MS) in Clinical Epidemiology program, you’ll learn the clinical practices, analytical methods and regulatory guidelines necessary to conduct clinical research aimed at understanding disease prevention, development, prognosis and treatment.

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Program Details

  • 36 credits, consisting of 11 courses, including the culminating requirement
  • 15-week-long courses, with two courses taken each semester
  • A customizable, career-centered practicum experience
  • Graduate in as few as 18 months

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MS in Clinical Epidemiology

This advanced program focuses on the epidemiological and biostatistical methods related to clinical trials and clinical research. Students employ advanced methods of observational and experimental study designs and investigate disease prevention, development, prognosis and treatment. Moreover, they apply sound clinical practices and master clinical trials management, statistical analysis, study monitoring, ethics in clinical research, pharmacoepidemiology and regulatory affairs.

Our faculty are experts in epidemiology methods and biostatistics. Clinical partners provide expertise through web-based lectures and can also serve as research mentors. All faculty hold advanced degrees and have years of research experience in areas such as cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, neurological disorders, infectious disease, pharmacology and regulatory affairs.

MPH in Epidemiology Program Outcomes

After earning the MS in Clinical Epidemiology, our students can:

  • Conduct patient-oriented research to understand and modify health outcomes
  • Design and carry out epidemiological studies
  • Analyze clinical data and understand the sources, strengths and limitations of patient data
  • Design and carry out clinical trials
  • Describe disease prognosis, therapies and outcomes

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Career Outcomes with an MS in Clinical Epidemiology

The online MS in Clinical Epidemiology prepares students with the knowledge, skills and methodological approach to succeed in an array of roles across the fields of epidemiological and biostatistical research.

Our graduates often pursue careers as:

  • Research scientists
  • Data scientists
  • Clinical research coordinators/managers
  • Clinical trial managers
  • Clinical data analysts
  • Research associates
  • Epidemiologists

Learn more about potential careers in clinical epidemiology.

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed online application
  • Complete bachelor’s degree, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), from an accredited university
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors and/or employers
  • Application fee: $45
  • Official transcripts
  • Goal statement
  • Resume/CV
  • The requirement for GRE scores has been temporarily waived

The application process is simple and we’re here to guide you through it.

Our Admissions Advisors are available to answer your questions regarding admissions requirements for the program. If you have questions, please email us at onlinedegrees@kent.edu or call us toll-free at +1 844-234-4073.

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Important Dates

Jul
05
Priority Application Deadline
Fall 2021 Semester
Aug
16
Final Application Deadline
Fall 2021 Semester
Aug
26
First Day of Class
Fall 2021 Semester

Application Resources

Online Public Health Program Application Checklist

Our step-by-step application checklist will help ensure the success of your application submission.

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Admissions FAQs

Each applicant is required to create an account in the online application system, which allows people to save their applications and track the progress of materials submitted via the application system. Our master’s degree and certificate specializing in Health Informatics are offered through the College of Communication in the School of Information.

I am a U.S. citizen. Where should I send my application materials?

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident, all required application materials should be sent to the Division of Graduate Studies at gradapps@kent.edu or by mail to:

Division of Graduate Studies
Kent State University
650 Hilltop Drive
Kent, OH 44242

Please be sure to include your full name and Kent State ID (9 digit number starting with 8) on all submitted documents. For questions, contact Graduate Admissions at +1 330-672-2661 or gradapps@kent.edu.

I am not a U.S. citizen. Where should I send my application materials?

If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident, all required documents should be submitted to the Office of Global Education at intladm@kent.edu or by mail to:

Office of Global Education
Kent State University
106 Van Campen Hall
625 Loop Rd.
Kent, OH 44242
USA

For questions, contact International Admissions at +1 330-672-7970 or intladm@kent.edu.

Courses

The 36-credit-hour MS in Clinical Epidemiology degree is comprised of three major components:

  • Eight core courses (25 credits)
  • Two elective courses (5-6 credits)
  • One culminating requirement (6 credits)

Clinical Epidemiology Core Courses (8 Courses, 25 Credits)

BST 52019 BIOSTATISTICS IN PUBLIC HEALTH (4 CREDITS)

Provides students with an understanding of basic statistical methods in public health research, as well as the skills to perform and interpret basic statistical procedures. Students learn how to use statistical analysis software to analyze real data from public health-related studies. They then learn how to interpret the analysis and present the results to public health professionals and educated lay audiences. Course will include lab component which will enhance student awareness and informed usage of SAS for public health analysis. Students will learn how to input, read, store, export and modify data in SAS and be able to use common SAS procedures to analyze public health data and conduct independent SAS programming.

BST 63013 EXPERIMENTAL DESIGNS IN PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH (3 CREDITS)

Introduces students to experimental research methods in public health settings. First introduces a number of quasi-experimental and experimental study designs, then identifies a number of statistical methods that can be used to draw correct causal inferences from the study.

BST 63014 APPLIED REGRESSION ANALYSIS OF PUBLIC HEALTH DATA (3 CREDITS)

Focuses on developing student proficiency in building and evaluating various regression models for public health studies. Topics covered include exploratory and descriptive methods, simple and multiple linear regression models, predictor selection, binary and multinomial logistic regression models, survival analysis, repeated measures, and generalized linear models.

EPI 52017 FUNDAMENTALS OF PUBLIC HEALTH EPIDEMIOLOGY (3 CREDITS)

Introduces principles, methods and application of epidemiology. Covers the history of epidemiology, concepts of disease causation and prevention, measures of disease frequency and excessive risk, epidemiologic study designs, causal inference, outbreak investigation, and screening. Provides experience with calculation of rate standardization; measures of disease frequency, association and impact; and sensitivity and specificity of screening tests. Highlights applications of epidemiology to understanding of disease etiology, transmission, pathogenesis, prevention, evaluation and public policy development.

EPI 63018 OBSERVATIONAL DESIGNS FOR CLINICAL RESEARCH (3 CREDITS)

Course provides students the skills to design, conduct and perform clinical epidemiology studies using an observational design. Students understand major concepts of clinical research, develop clinical research questions and solve clinical research problems. Topics include study design, risk, causation, exposures, bias, measurement and validity and disease prognosis.

EPI 63019 EXPERIMENTAL DESIGNS FOR CLINICAL RESEARCH (3 CREDITS)

Principles of experimental designs as they apply to clinical research and clinical trials are presented at an intermediate level. Students understand randomized control trial designs and alternative designs. Study methodology, including randomization and blinding techniques, is covered. Topics include evidence-based medicine; risk prediction and risk scores; instruments and measurement; data issues; and recruitment, retention and adherence.

EPI 63020 ADVANCED EPIDEMIOLOGY AND CLINICAL RESEARCH METHODS (3 CREDITS)

This advanced course focuses on why particular methods, study designs or approaches are used in particular investigative scenarios in clinical research. Students develop an advanced understanding and application of epidemiology methods in clinical research.

EPI 63021 ETHICAL ISSUES IN PUBLIC HEALTH AND CLINICAL RESEARCH (3 CREDITS)

Introduces students to historical and contemporary ethical issues that arise during public health and clinical or biomedical research studies. Broadly covers human subjects research, the responsible conduct of research and the good clinical practice guidelines.

Clinical Epidemiology Electives (2 Courses, 5-6 Credits)

EPI 50015 SCIENTIFIC WRITING FOR CLINICAL RESEARCH (3 CREDITS)

Course provides students the tools to develop proficiency in scientific reading, to conduct presentations and to demonstrate skill in scientific writing, with the goal of preparing clinical researchers to be able to communicate findings to the science community and the general population. Course includes an examination of the science literature in clinical trials research.

EPI 50017 PHARMACOEPIDEMIOLOGY (3 CREDITS)

Introduction to the field of pharmacoepidemiology, which uses epidemiology methods to understand medication use and distribution at the population level. Course examines risk-benefit and epidemiology approaches to examining medication use and therapeutic trials. Drug and device manufacturing to market are explored.

EPI 50018 REGULATORY AFFAIRS IN CLINICAL RESEARCH (3 CREDITS)

Course provides the tools for students to develop an understanding of the researcher and organization responsibility in research and development of clinical trials products. Students understand regulations from the government and industry, privacy concerns, liability and ethical issues related to clinical trials research. Examples from the field are explored in detail.

EPI 50196 INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATION IN EPIDEMIOLOGY (1-3 CREDITS)

(Repeatable for maximum 6 credits) Individual graduate investigation or research in areas related to epidemiology.

EPI 63014 EPIDEMIOLOGY OF CHRONIC DISEASES (3 CREDITS)

With a life course approach to chronic disease epidemiology, this course focuses on cardiovascular, respiratory, cerebrovascular diseases and cancer. Health and disease are addressed from a multicausal perspective, which includes individual behaviors; psychosocial issues; and sociodemographic, biological and physiological factors. Time points for prevention and intervention are identified.

EPI 63015 EPIDEMIOLOGY OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES (3 CREDITS)

Surveys the history, principles, methods and practice of infectious disease epidemiology, by (1) defining and understanding infectious disease epidemiology surveys, (2) collecting and measuring surveillance data, (3) interpreting epidemiology data and (4) predicting evidence-based outcomes. Primarily a course in epidemiology, students learn some infectious disease microbiology as well.

Clinical Epidemiology Culminating Requirement (Choose from the following)

EPI 63192 RESEARCH PRACTICUM IN CLINICAL EPIDEMIOLOGY (6 CREDITS)

Research practicum allows students to gain hands-on experience conducting research in a clinical setting, such as a hospital or other approved organization. Students complete the experience under the supervision of a field preceptor and faculty member.

EPI 63199 THESIS I (6 CREDITS)

Student must register for a total of 6 credit hours in the program. Student may register for 2 to 6 hours in a single semester.

Course Requirements

To participate in this online program, you will need a computer and broadband Internet connection. Your program may have further requirements that include the ability to record video and audio. If you have questions regarding technology requirements for the program, please contact your Admissions Advisor at onlinedegrees@kent.edu or call us toll-free at +1 844-234-4073.

Once you are admitted to the program, your Student Success Coordinator will craft your personalized degree plan, giving you a clear course sequence and path to graduation.*

*Students are responsible for taking courses in the prescribed sequence. Any deviation from the prescribed sequence that leads to a delayed graduation is the responsibility of the student.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Ohio Residents Out of State
Per Credit HourApproximate Program CostPer Credit HourApproximate Program Cost
$695$25,020$705$25,380

An additional distance learning fee for all students enrolled in a distance learning course is $12 per credit hour. Program tuition and costs are estimated and subject to change. For comprehensive tuition information, please refer to the tuition rates posted on the Bursar’s website.

We recognize that pursuing a graduate degree is a significant investment. Your Admissions Advisor can answer your questions on program costs, discuss how a Kent State degree compares to others and connect you with financial aid representatives when you are ready to discuss your financial options.

Please contact an Admissions Advisor for more information on tuition and fees either by email at onlinedegrees@kent.edu or toll-free at +1 844‑234‑4073.

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Immersive Online Curriculum

Designed for busy working professionals and students seeking to expand their career options.

Award-Winning Faculty

Study with authorities who are at the forefront of health research and policy.

Clinical Epidemiology Career Potential

Gain expertise in mitigating public health risks through advocacy, research, and policy implementation.
Admissions and Application Deadlines
Jul
05
Priority Application Deadline
Fall 2021 Semester
Aug
16
Final Application Deadline
Fall 2021 Semester
Aug
26
First Day of Class
Fall 2021 Semester