About

The Exec MS in Epidemiology

Columbia’s Executive Master of Science in Epidemiology is a rigorous research degree program designed to provide working health professionals with the knowledge, skills, and credentials needed to engage in population health research.

Students gain a command of major concepts and techniques in epidemiology and a solid foundation in biostatistics with a focus on applied skills, including advanced modeling using SAS software.

Classes meet one long weekend a month (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) for 20 months, divided into five semesters, which allows for continued full-time work outside the classroom. When class is not in session, students collaborate on projects and submit assignments using an online course platform. Throughout the program, the majority of Exec MS students also communicate with their instructors and classmates via phone or email. It is not necessary to live in New York City to complete this degree.

About Epidemiology

Epidemiology is a cornerstone of public health, focusing on the distribution and causes of disease in human populations and on developing and testing ways to prevent and control disease. Epidemiologists collect and analyze data to identify trends and uncover the root causes of health and disease in populations.

They confront some of society’s most important health questions and put forward evidence-based proposals for effective, targeted interventions. Epidemiologic research makes a critical difference in the lives of millions every day.

The Department of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, has a rich tradition of innovative research that has pioneered a broad cells-to-society approach to questions about population health. Our faculty, leading experts in chronic disease, infectious disease, psychiatric/neurological disorders, and social and life course epidemiology, are committed to teaching and mentoring future leaders in academic research and public health practice.