The Department of Epidemiology recommends BIOST 502 (Introduction to Biostatistics), BIOST 503 (Application of Statistics to Health Sciences), and EPI 511 (Introduction to Epidemiology), for students with little prior public health training or experience. Graduate Certificate students should consult the appropriate certificate program for course requirements. Alternatives to these courses include courses to which the faculty/staff tuition exemption does not apply such as those offered through Professional and Continuing Education and the Executive MPH Degree Program.
EPI and BIOST courses are very demanding; if you are working more than half-time, we strongly recommend taking only one course/quarter and allocating plenty of time to study outside of class. There are no introductory courses in Winter or Spring Quarters, except a few electives that do not require prerequisites.
Course Descriptions provide a complete list of courses, prerequisites and a short summary. (The listed quarter is for in-residence classes.)
The above courses provide an excellent one quarter overview of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics and demonstrate seriousness about the field. They will help an applicant write a better statement of purpose for an Epidemiology degree application if he or she has little epidemiology background. Neither EPI 511 not BIOST 502/503 will not count toward a future Epidemiology degree at UW. It is important to earn a 3.7 or better especially in EPI 511 (if taken) for a decent chance of admission, although admission is not guaranteed by achieving this standard.
Most Epidemiology electives require EPI 511 or EPI 512 & 513 (or equivalent) as a prerequisite(s). Some courses require Biostatistics courses and/or additional Epidemiology courses as well. EPI 512 requires prior completion or concurrent enrollement in BIOST 511 or 517. A few courses do not have prerequisites. See course descriptions above for more information.
Courses that Fill: Some Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Health Services courses often fill with degree students so they rarely have room for GNM or NM students. These courses include (but are not limited to) the following, however you may ask to have your name placed on the list wait list and attend the first week to see if there is room if allowed by the professor:
This page was last updated on October 30, 2014