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The Implementation and Prevention Science Methods Pathway

Yale’s Implementation and Prevention Science Methods pathway is the first degree program to provide rigorous training in implementation and prevention science methods, including training in the development of new methods to advance the field. Other programs, importantly but quite differently, focus on the practice of implementation science and are targeted to those with subject matter expertise (e.g., in mental health or cancer prevention). Yale’s program, by contrast, targets those wishing to develop scholarly methodological expertise.

Requirements - MS in Implementation and Prevention Science Methods Pathway

2021-22 Matriculation
The M.S. degree requires a total of 15 course units. The M.S in Biostatistics requires the student to complete or acquire an exemption from the following courses. Full time students must carry a minimum of 4 course units each semester. Course substitutions (other than those listed) must be identified and approved by student’s advisor and BIS Implementation Science Specialization Director and the DGS.

MS Required Courses (12 course units)

  • BIS 525 Seminar in Biostatistics and Journal Club - 0 units
  • BIS 526 Seminar in Biostatistics and Journal Club - 0 units
  • BIS 623 Advanced Regression Models [or S&DS 612 Linear Models] - 1 unit
  • BIS 628 Longitudinal and Multilevel Data Analysis - 1 unit
  • BIS 630 Applied Survival Analysis [or BIS 643 Theory of Survival Analysis] - 1 unit
  • BIS 678 Statistical Practice I - 1 unit
  • BIS 679 Advanced Statistical Programming in SAS and R - 1 unit
  • BIS 681 Statistical Practice II* - 1 unit
  • BIS 629 Advanced Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science - 1 unit
  • EMD 533 Implementation Science - 1 unit
  • EPH 508 Foundations of Epidemiology and Public Health - 1 unit
  • EPH 608 Frontiers of Public Health** - 1 unit
  • EPH 600 Research Ethics and Responsibilities - 0 units
  • S&DS 541 Probability Theory [or S&DS 551 Stochastic Process] - 1 unit
  • S&DS 542 Theory of Statistics [or S&DS 610 Statistical Inference] - 1 unit
  • BIS 695 Summer Internship in Biostatistical Research - 0 units
  • EPH 100/EPH 101 Professional Skills Series - 0 units

Electives (at least 3 required from the list below)

Implementation and prevention science is an interdisciplinary field. The more broadly you are trained, the more effective you will be as an independent statistical researcher as well as a collaborator.

At least one of the following:

  • BIS 536 Measurement Error and Missing Data
  • BIS 537 Statistical Methods for Causal Inference
  • BIS 631 Advanced Topics in Causal Inference

Up to two of the following:

  • CDE 516 Principles of Epidemiology II - 1 unit
  • CDE 534 Applied Analytic Methods in Epidemiology - 1 unit
  • EMD 538 Quantitative Methods for Infection Disease Epidemiology - 1 unit
  • HPM 570 Cost-effectiveness Analysis and Decision Making*** - 1 unit
  • HPM 587 Advanced Health Economics - 1 unit
  • HPM 611 Policy Modeling*** - 1 unit
  • HPM 586 Microeconomics for Health Policy and Management - 1 unit
  • SBS 574 Developing a Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Intervention*** - 1 unit
  • SBS 541 Community Health Program Evaluation*** - 1 unit
  • SBS 580 Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health*** - 1 unit
  • SBS 676 Questionnaire Development - 1 unit
  • S&DS 565 – Introductory Machine Learning - 1 unit

* Master’s thesis strongly encouraged in lieu of this course – BIS 649/BIS 650

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

*** Highly recommended for Implementation Science specialization

Other Courses

  • BIS 649/650 Master’s Thesis Research (strongly recommended for this specialization in lieu of BIS 681) - 2 units

Students should take no more than 5 courses for credit each semester (BIS 525/526, EPH 600, EPH 100/101 are not for credit). Courses listed without a notation in the “term taken” column can be taken in either year of the program if prerequisites are met and with advisor approval.

Course offerings are subject to change.

rev. 9.27.2021