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Master of Science (MSc) in Epidemiology, Specialization in Biostatistics

On the following page, you will find the proposed course sequence for the Master of Science (MSc) in Epidemiology with specialization in Biostatistics.

Program at a glance

  • 2-year program (average duration)

    • This program includes MED 81661,MED 81662, EPI 5240, EPI 5340, EPI 5366, EPI 6178, MAT 5317, and MAT 5375, 4.5 optional course units epidemiology (EPI) at the graduate level, 3 optional course units in mathematics (MAT) at the graduate level, and the writing and the defence of a thesis THM 7999.

    • For the complete program requirements and courses descriptions.

  • The following course sequences show you which courses you should take for your program and in which term you should take them. They help you plan your course schedule.

    • Course sequences are only guidelines.

    • Some graduate courses are offered every year, and others less often.

  • Visit My Academic Requirements in uoZone to make sure you enrol in all courses or activities you need to obtain your degree.

  • Scroll down to the bottom page to see:

    • The important milestones to complete every year for the full length of your program

    • The tool box (Links to forms, the description of the courses and other useful links)

    • The disclaimer

Year 1 Course Sequence and Milestones

First Term


  • MED 81661 Professionalism and Professional Skills

  • EPI 5240 Epidemiology I- Introductory Epidemiology

  • EPI 5340 Epidemiological Methods

  • EPI 5366 Seminar Course

  • EPI 6178 Intervention Studies in Health Research

  • MAT 5317 Analysis of Categorical Data

  • MAT 5375Introduction to Mathematical Statistics


  • You must takeMED 8166 during your first term. You cannot defer this course to a subsequent term.

Second Term


  • Optional course units from the list of approved EPI courses

  • Optional course units from the list of approved MAT courses

  • THM 7999 Thesis

  • MED 81662 Professionalism and Professional Skills


  • Nominate your thesis supervisor

  • Attend the EPI Annual Research Day

Third Term


  • (If required) Optional course units from the list of approved EPI courses

  • (If required) Optional course units from the list of approved MAT courses

  • THM 7999 Thesis


  • Create and meet with your Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC) before June 15th. It is essential that you schedule your TAC meeting well in advance.

  • Fill out the Nomination TAC Members form.

  • Complete the Thesis Advisory Committee report.

  • Submit the Thesis Advisory Committee report and the Annual Research Progress report before June 30 through the Service Request application in your uoZone account.

  • Submit your Thesis Proposal, Abstract and the Statement of thesis supervisor form.

  • You must submit the statement of thesis through a service request under the Research-related category and the Plan of study type.


Notes for year 1

Graduate courses

THM 7999 thesis (Continuous activity)

  • Once you have enrolled for the first time in a continuing activity such as the thesis, you must maintain your enrolment until the activity is completed.

  • After your first (manual) enrollment to the thesis, all subsequent enrolments are automatic, unless you have a hold on your account, which will require that you manually enrol once you have arranged to have your hold lifted.

EPI 5366 seminar series

  • Enrolment to EPI 5366 is not automatic.
    You must enroll in this continuous activity in your uoZone account before the deadline.

  • As part of the requirements of the Seminar Series, you must attend the EPI Annual Research Day.

Year 2 Course Sequence and Milestones

Fourth Term


  • (If required) Complete Optional or Elective courses that are still outstanding

  • THM 7999 Thesis

Fifth Term


  • THM 7999 Thesis

Sixth Term


  • THM 7999 Thesis


  • Submit your thesis during or at the end of this term.

Important milestones to complete every year for the full length of your program

Meet with your Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC)

  • Meetings can be more frequent but must be held at least once a year after the initial TAC meeting, which must be held during the third term.

Submit the two following forms through the Service Request application in your uoZone account: