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Epidemiology, Spezialisierter Master

Master HEU

Universität Basel UNIBAS

Lieu de formation

Allschwil (BL)

Langue d'enseignement


Type de formation

Hautes écoles universitaires HEU

Modalités temporelles

À plein temps

Thèmes de formation

Animaux - Nature, sciences naturelles - Santé, soins, médecine

Filières d'études

Biologie - Médecine humaine - Médecine vétérinaire - Sciences pharmaceutiques, pharmacie


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Mise à jour 31.05.2022


Description de la formation

The Specialized Master’s degree program in Epidemiology at the University of Basel is run by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), an internationally recognized center for public health excellence. The program centers around (1) teaching the basics of epidemiology, biostatistics and public health, and (2) the pursuit of an epidemiological research project. Epidemiologists investigate the health of populations, study disease and possible risk factors, propose actions and then measure whether the situation has improved. They also study disease epidemics such as COVID-19, conduct disease surveillance, identify possible health risk factors and propose measures of disease screening. To this end, epidemiologists design field studies, collect and analyze data using a variety of methods, often in the frame of large teams. Multi-disciplinarity is often important, as is the ability to deal with societal and cultural factors.

Focal area of teaching and research

The main goals of the M Sc course in epidemiology are the following:

  • To understand the issues raised by health problems at individual and population level, and the standard methods and measures to describe them.
  • To understand the key concepts in epidemiology and biostatistics and their interrelationships.
  • To have an in-depth understanding of the standard methods and study designs in epidemiologic research.
  • To be able to plan and execute independently basic epidemiologic studies, to analyze and interpret them, and to report them orally and in writing.
  • To be able to understand research questions and studies in the field of epidemiology, to place them in a wider public health concept, and to review them critically.

Course structure

The Master of Science degree is a postgraduate degree that requires a successfully completed Bachelor’s program. The program awards 90 ECTS credits in total. The Specialized Master’s degree program Epidemiology is a so called mono-course consisting of only one core subject. Supervised practical work over the course of one year constitutes the core of the studies.

Plan de la formation

One ECTS credit point roughly equals 30 hours of studying.

Curriculum master studies ECTS
Specialized Master’s degree program Epidemiology
Foundations in Epidemiology 15
Biostatistics and Computing 15
Global & Public Health 10
Transferable Skills and Competences 5
Advances in Epidemiology, Statistics and Global & Public Health 15
Master’s thesis 50
Master’s examination 10
Total 120

Combinaison des branches

The degree programs at the Faculty of Science are generally mono-courses with the possible addition of an in-depth subject and an elective subject. The Specialized Master’s degree program Epidemiology does include an elective subject.


Conditions d’admission

The following degrees of a Swiss University allow for direct admission to the Specialized Master's degree program Epidemiology: Bachelor of Science (B Sc) in Biology, Human, Dental or Veterinary Medicine, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nursing Science, Sciences et technologies du vivant, Agricultural Sciences, Forestry Sciences, Nutritional Sciences, Applied Life Sciences, Sports Sciences, Biochemistry, Psychology, Sociology, Geography, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science or in Economics.

A minimum average mark of 5.0 for all relevant BSc degrees, including 2 ECTS in Biology and 2 ECTS in mathematics/biostatistics is required. Students with a BSc in a different field will be assessed individually for equivalence. Students with a relevant BSc degree but an insufficient mark can alternatively pass the GRE® General Test in the area of «Quantitative Reasoning» with a score in the top 35%. (GRE = Graduate Record Examinations®).

Other Swiss or foreign university degrees have to be approved by the respective teaching committee of the Faculty of Science.

Further information and regulations can be found in the study regulation and the study program for the Master’s degree program Epidemiology:

Binding information under:



Application under; the application fee amounts to CHF 100.-. Application deadline for the fall semester is April 30th.
Students of the University of Basel see > Semester Registration. Application deadline is published there.


An information sheet including a list of required documents etc will be sent together with the decision of approval.


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Die Anmeldegebühr von CHF 100.- wird nicht rückerstattet, falls das Studium nicht aufgenommen wird.
Begründete verspätete Anmeldungen erfordern eine Zusatzgebühr von CHF 150.-


Pro Semester (auch für Prüfungssemester) ist eine Pauschale von CHF 850.- (+ CHF 10.- freiwilliger Beitrag für die Studierendenschaft skuba) einzuzahlen.
Hinzu kommen je nach Fachrichtung noch Auslagen für Studienliteratur sowie Lebenshaltungskosten.


  • Master haute école universitaire HEU

Master of Science: MSc in Epidemiology



A Master of Science in Epidemiology is the usual basis for a doctorate in Epidemiology/Public Health/Biostatistics but it is usually not a prerequisite. Trans-faculty doctorates are possible in the fields of epidemiology, history of the sciences, medical-biological research and pharmacology. 

Infos pratiques

Lieu / adresse

  • Allschwil (BL)

Déroulement temporel

Début des cours

The program is to be started in the fall semester.

Durée de la formation

The Master’s program lasts three semesters. There are no restrictions on the duration of study. Part-time studying resulting in a longer study time is possible (upon request).

Modalités temporelles

  • À plein temps

Langue d’enseignement

  • anglais

The language of instruction is English. The Master’s thesis is to be written in English.


Guidelines and regulations

See: MSc Epidemiology | Biologie | Bachelor- u. Masterstudien (

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Tag der offenen Tür

Im Januar findet ein Infotag für Schulklassen statt.
Jeweils im September stellen sich die einzelnen Fächer an den Informationsabenden für Maturand/innen ("Live aus der Uni Basel") vor.
Weitere Informationen

Reglemente der Fakultät

  • Ordnung für die Bachelor- und Masterstudiengänge sowie die Doktoratsstudien an der Philosophisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität Basel
  • Wegleitungen und allfällige Stundenpläne für die einzelnen Fächer sind auf den entsprechenden Websites veröffentlicht.


Renseignements / contact

Questions regarding the study of Epidemiology can be discussed personally at the Student Administration Office of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (registration via email or phone).

Coordinator: Prof. Peter Odermatt, e-mail:

Co-Coordinator: Prof. Martin Röösli, e-mail: /

Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Kreuzstrasse 2, 4123 Allschwil,

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