MS Curriculum

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For detailed information about course requirements and Option 1 and Option 2, please reference the Masters Handbook.

SPH Core Courses - 12 units

Course(s) may be waived via passing a waiver exam. Please see Masters Handbook for more information.

  • Biostatistics 100A: Introduction to Biostatistics (Fall Quarter of first year)
  • Biostatistics 100B: Introduction to Biostatistics (Winter Quarter of first year)
  • Epidemiology 100: Principles of Epidemiology

Department Required Courses - 28 units

  • CHS 210: Community Health Sciences (Fall Quarter of first year)
  • CHS 211A: Program Planning, Research and Evaluation in Community Health Sciences (Winter Quarter of first year)
  • CHS 211B: Program Planning, Research and Evaluation in Community Health Sciences (Spring Quarter of first year)
  • CHS 212: Advanced Social Research Methods in Health
  • CHS 213: Research in Community and Patient Health Education
  • Biostatistics 406: Applied Multivariate Biostatistics (Spring Quarter of first year)
  • A broad public health course (PH 150 or equivalent), selected in consultation with advisor

Electives - 20 units

Minimum of 20 units selected in consultation with advisor to meet the degree requirement of completing a minimum of 60 units.

Option 1:

  • Major Research Report
  • Department Comprehensive Exam, taken during the Fall or Spring Quarter of a student's second year. Students have two attempts to pass the Masters Comprehensive Exam. The exam tests students' competence in the basic knowledge and skills provided in the degree curriculum, enabling students to demonstrate that they meet the department's competencies for the MS Degree.

-OR-

Option 2:

  • Masters Thesis

Sample Course Plan 

Option 1 - Research Report and Comprehensive Exam

Year 1 Fall Year 1 Winter Year 1 Spring
CHS 210 CHS 211A CHS 211 B
Biostat 100A Biostat 100B Biostat 406

Dept required course (see above)
OR
Elective

Epi 100
OR
Dept required course (see above)
OR
Elective

Epi 100
OR
Dept required course (see above)
OR
Elective

Summer
Report Research
AND
Prepare for Comprehensive Exam

Year 2 Fall Year 2 Winter Year 2 Spring
Dept required course (see above)
OR
Elective
Elective Optional Elective
Elective Elective Optional Elective
Elective Elective Optional Elective
Option 1:
Report Research
AND
Prepare/Take Comprehensive Exam

Option 1:
Report Research
AND
Prepare for Comprehensive Exam
if not taken in Fall

Option 1:
Submit Report
AND
Take Comprehensive Exam 
if not taken in Fall
 

Option 2 - Masters Thesis

Year 1 Fall Year 1 Winter Year 1 Spring
CHS 210 CHS 211A CHS 211 B
Biostat 100A Biostat 100B Biostat 406

Dept required course (see above)
OR
Elective

Epi 100 
OR
Dept required course (see above)
OR
Elective

Epi 100 
OR
Dept required course (see above)
OR
Elective

Summer
Thesis Research

Year 2 Fall Year 2 Winter Year 2 Spring
Dept required course (see above)
OR
Elective
Elective Optional Elective
Elective Elective Optional Elective
Elective Elective Optional Elective
Thesis Research Thesis Research File Thesis