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Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Epidemiology and biostatistics

120 ECTS - MS degree

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Are you interested in studies that advance our knowledge of determinants of health and risk assessment?

Would you like practical training in the methods, use of statistics, and interpretation of population-based research?

About the programme

The programme provides practical knowledge and training in the methods used in population-based studies, as well as in the interpretation of research results n the fields of public health and health sciences, an understanding of which is essential for policy making in health promotion and disease prevention.

Mode of study

Cross-departmental electives and an independent research thesis enables students to shape their studies around their area of interest. Students also have the option of exchange studies for part of the program. We aim to accomodate for international students but note that language of instruction is Icelandic in some courses. Further information are in the course catalogue.

Admission requirements

Graduate studies

Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree (BS, BA, or comparable) from an accredited college/university. A specific field of study is not required, but our students are expected to have a solid background in methodology. Students who choose to specialize in biostatistics are also expected to have completed courses in mathematical analysis, linear algebra, as well as in probability and statistics. International applicants for whom English is not their first language must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score as proof of English proficiency. Minimum scores accepted are 79 on the TOEFL internet-based test or a IELTS score of 6,5.

Applicants are evaluated for entrance based on the following criteria:
1. Grade point average (in general a GPA equivalent to the Icelandic 7,25 (first) is a prerequisite for admissions). - Performance in specific courses, such as methodology and statistics.
2. Statement of purpose and objectives.

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After graduation

Epidemiologists and biostaticicians research the transmission, causes and consequences of disease among groups of people. Both specialisations are in demand for a diversity of jobs related to interpreting population-based research, as well as data and risk analysis, in both the private and public sector.

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Career possibilities

  • Research
  • Data and risk analysis
  • Project management and policy making
  • Health promotion and prevention
  • Education

Contact us

Centre of Public Health Sciences
Sturlugata 8, 102 Reykjavík

Tel: 525 4956

Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-16pm and Fridays 10am-12pm
Please call or write ahead to schedule an appointment.

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