Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology | College of Public Health | Kent State University

Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology

The Master of Science degree in Clinical Epidemiology is a STEM-designated advanced degree that trains students in the epidemiology and biostatistical methods related to clinical trials and clinical research.

Students will learn advanced methods of observational and experimental study designs and be able to understand disease prevention, development, prognosis and treatment. In addition, students will master and be able to apply good clinical practices, clinical trials design, management, statistical analysis, study monitoring, pharmaceutical research and regulations related to clinical research.

About the Program

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Conduct patient-oriented research to understand and modify health outcomes

  • Design and carry out epidemiological studies

  • Analyze clinical data and understand the sources, strengths and limitations of patient data

Graduates of this program will be qualified to work as:

  • Research Scientists

  • Data Scientists

  • Clinical Research Coordinators/Managers

  • Clinical Trial Managers

  • Research Associates

  • Epidemiologists 

Students pursuing the MS in Clinical Epidemiology will be taught by faculty who are trained in epidemiology methods and biostatistics. Clinical partners provide expertise through web-based lectures and can also serve as research mentors. All faculty hold advanced degrees and have years of research experience in areas such as cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, neurological disorders, infectious disease, pharmacology and regulatory affairs.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 36 credit hours in the program to graduate. 

Depending on background, career opportunities for graduates include clinician researchers leading clinical research teams or as members of research teams who are largely responsible for the methodology to conduct clinical research studies and analyze clinical data. Graduates may also continue their education to pursue a doctoral or professional degree.

If you want to pursue a career that will help you make a difference, the Kent State College of Public Health is a great place to get started.


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M.S. Program Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements for this M.S. program are:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or better

  • Acceptable GRE scores (or other approved standardized test as MCAT, LSAT, DAT, PCAT OR MAT). Scores older than five years are not acceptable and require retaking the GRE.

  • Three letters of recommendation from college or university faculty

  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions you have attended

  • Personal goal statement (to be submitted online during the application process)

Conditional Admission

Applicants who do not meet the minimum University and/or program requirements may be considered for conditional admission. Admission in such cases will depend heavily on other indices of the student’s ability to handle graduate-level work. These might include strong performance on standardized tests, GPA in the major and/or other experiences that are clearly indicative of strong academic ability.

Apply for Admission to Kent State's M.S. Programs

Send your transcripts, letters of recommendation and standardized test scores to:

Graduate Studies Admissions
Kent State University
650 Hilltop Dr.
Kent, OH 44242

Apply online to Kent State's M.S. programs

Admission Questions

E-mail admission questions to Dr. Melissa Zullo at