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A lot of the coursework I had taken was extremely in line with all the skills I wanted to have and all the skills I wanted to bring into the workforce.

Alexandra Reynoso, MS '21
Associate Scientist, Genetic Epidemiology, 23andMe

Chronic Disease Epidemiology MS

With the growth of biotechnology and medical research in the pharmaceutical industry there is a high demand for well-trained graduates in chronic disease epidemiology. This concentration provides intensive training in epidemiology and research methods for medical and health care professionals, or others seeking the skills necessary to conduct epidemiological research in their professional practice.

Many students have been successful in obtaining admission to medical school upon completion of this degree.

Applicants should have a basic understanding of quantitative science and statistics. It is recommended that candidates have strong science backgrounds and demonstrated competency in statistical analysis and logical thinking. Applicants from rigorous programs in the biological or social sciences will be given preference. At a minimum, applicants should have one year of coursework in statistics or the equivalent prior to enrolling in this program.

This program requires General GRE test scores or MCAT scores. Please send GRE scores to institution code 3987 (there is no department code). If using MCAT scores, please upload a copy of MCAT scores into the application under “Supplemental Materials.” Students whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL examination also.

The length of study for the MS in Chronic Disease Epidemiology is one year. Full-time or part-time enrollment is permissible.


For more information and to apply to the MS program, visit the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website. Please choose "Public Health" as the program. Then select Chronic Disease Epidemiology as the concentration. Do not try to use SOPHAS.


MS Chronic Disease Epidemiology Information Session

Dr. Christian Tschudi, Director of Graduate Studies 
Dr. Andrew DeWan, Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

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Degree Requirements

The MS Chronic Disease Epidemiology degree requires a total of 10-course units from the following courses. Full-time students must take a minimum of 5-course units each semester. Course substitutions must be identified and approved by the student’s advisor and DGS.

2023-24 Matriculation

All courses count as 1 credit unless otherwise noted.

MS Required Courses (4 course units)

  • EPH 508 Foundations of Epidemiology for Public Health
  • CDE 516 Principles of Epidemiology II
  • Capstone: CDE 617 Developing a Research Proposal OR EMD 625 How to Develop, Write, and Evaluate an NIH Proposal OR CDE 600 Independent Study *
  • EPH 608 Frontiers of Public Health (in 2023-24, students will take EPH 537E)**
  • CDE 525 Seminar in Chronic Disease Epidemiology- 0 units
  • CDE 526 Seminar in Chronic Disease Epidemiology – 0 units

MS Required Quantitative Courses (3 course units)

Three of the following: (alternate courses must be approved by the student’s adviser):

  • BIS 536 Measurement Error and Missing Data
  • BIS 537 Statistical Methods for Causal Inference
  • BIS 575 Introduction to Regulatory Affairs
  • BIS 621 Regression Models for Public Health
  • BIS 628 Longitudinal and Multilevel Data Analysis
  • BIS 630 Applied Survival Analysis
  • BIS 633 Population and Public Health Informatics
  • CDE 634 Advanced Applied Analytic Methods in Epidemiology and Public Health
  • S&DS 530 Data Exploration and Analysis
  • S&DS 563 Multivariate Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences

MS Required Chronic Disease Epidemiology Courses (2 course units)

Two of the following (alternate courses must be approved by the student’s advisor):

  • CDE 502 Physiology for Public Health
  • CDE 532 Epidemiology of Cancer
  • CDE 534 Applied Analytic Methods in Epidemiology
  • CDE 535 Epidemiology of Heart Disease and Stroke
  • CDE 545 Health Disparities by Race and Social Class: Application to Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • CDE 551 Global Noncommunicable Disease
  • CDE 562 Nutrition and Chronic Diseases
  • CDE 572 Obesity, Prevention and Lifestyle Interventions
  • CDE 582 Health Outcomes Research: Matching the Right Research Question to the Right Data
  • CDE 588 Perinatal Epidemiology
  • CDE 597 Genetic Concepts of Public Health
  • CDE 650 Introduction to Evidence-based Medicine and Health Care

Elective Course (1 course unit)

* In this capstone, the student is required to develop a grant application that is deemed reasonably competitive by the instructor. An alternative to this capstone is an individualized tutorial (CDE 600) in which the student will work on an original research project with a faculty member throughout the spring semester. The research project is designed in collaboration with a faculty member, and it is recommended that these discussions begin before the start of the spring semester. A typical work product for this tutorial is a first draft of a manuscript that is suitable for submission for publication in a relevant journal.

**Students entering the program with an MPH or relevant graduate degree may be exempt from this requirement.

Rev 06.26.23