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New Master of Science Degree in Quantitative Epidemiology

Geisel's Graduate Program in Quantitative Biomedical Sciences (QBS) interdisciplinary graduate program trains students in bioinformatics, biostatistics, and, now, epidemiology

"This new degree program brings together our faculty from different disciplines to cross-train students to prepare them for a variety of future professional experiences," said Duane Compton, PhD, dean of the medical school.

Designed to appeal to those interested in epidemiologic methods, biostatistics, bioinformatics, data analysis, and translational research, the program gives graduates competencies in the theory and application of epidemiologic methods in order to solve complex problems in population health.

Margaret Karagas, PhD, the James W. Squires Professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology at Geisel, said, "We're excited about this opportunity to train the next generation of epidemiologists equipped with cutting edge skills in bioinformatics and biostatistics in the context of a robust epidemiology method."

Setting this program apart from others is the 4+1 option for Dartmouth undergraduates who can take up to three graduate courses prior to matriculation into the program, allowing them to complete the program one quarter sooner. This year, two Dartmouth undergraduates took advantage of this option.

"Dartmouth students already receive world renowned liberal arts training in the arts and sciences," said James O'Malley, PhD, QBS director. "By linking interested undergraduate students with a master's degree program in epidemiology that is unique for its quantitative rigor and focus, we provide students an efficient pathway to obtaining a stellar and unique combined qualification in five years at Dartmouth that will serve them well in both the short- and long-term."

Though the epidemiology master's program focuses on study design and molecular biology, students can tailor their own program by mixing and matching to a certain degree between it and QBS's Health Data Science master's program.


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