Department of

Public Health Sciences


Public Health Sciences


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Through a combination of coursework and independent research, students will gain skills to communicate scientifically, describe trends and patterns of disease incidence and prevalence, critically review scientific literature related to epidemiology; apply epidemiological and analytic methods in the design of research; collect, analyze and interpret health data; conduct a study; and write and defend a thesis.

To complete the requirements for the program, students must

  • Take four core courses and three elective courses. The four core courses (EPID 801, EPID 821, EPID 804, EPID 822) are normally taken during the fall and winter terms, along with one or two elective courses (per term). One elective is frequently taken in second year.
  • Prepare and successfully defend a Master's Thesis Research Project (EPID 899).
  • Complete a Human Research Ethics (CORE) online tutorial (SGS 804) before starting to work on their thesis. This online course is a mandatory requirement for all graduate students conducting research involving human subjects. 
  • Complete an online tutorial in Accessible Customer Service (AODA 800). This is a requirement for all Queen’s graduate students.