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Epidemiology (Epidemiologie), Spezialisierter Master

Master UH

Universität Basel > Philosophisch-naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät

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Basel (BS)




Universitäre Hochschulen UH

Zeitliche Beanspruchung



Natur, Naturwissenschaften


Life Sciences und Biotechnologie



Aktualisiert 03.07.2017


Beschreibung der Fachrichtung

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 and biostatistics, and (2) on the pursuit of an epidemiological research topic. 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 outbreaks, 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.

Beschreibung des Angebots

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.

Aufbau der Ausbildung

One ECTS credit point roughly equals 30 hours of studying.

Curriculum master studies ECTS
Specialized Master’s degree program Epidemiology
Master’s thesis 50
Master’s examination 10
In-depth professional studies 30
Total 90


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.
It is possible to study biology in combination with a second subject from the Faculty of Humanities or the sports sciences (see UNI INFO “Biologie - ausserfakultäres Fach”).
The professional exam for the teaching diploma for secondary schools requires a Master’s degree in one or two subjects (i.e. Biology). At least one of the two subjects has to be successfully completed at a Master’s level. For the second subject at least 90 ECTS credits have to be awarded in consultation with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) and the teaching commission of the respective subject. The mandatory courses in biology are stated in the appendix of the guidelines to the Bachelor studies in biology.

Beschreibung als Nebenfach / Minor / Teilstudium / auch ausserfakultär

Nebenfach / Minor / Teilstudium

Not possible.




The following degrees of a Swiss University allow for direct admission to the Specialized Master's degree program Epidemiology: Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biology or BSc in Medicine or BSc in Veterinary Medicine or BSc in Pharma­ceutical Sciences or BSc in Natural Sciences; all BSc with a minimum average degree of 5.0 and basic knowledge in mathematics/biostatistics of at least 4 CP.
Students with a BSc in a different branch will be assessed individually.
For students with a BSc degree but an insufficient mark, the student can alternatively pass the GRE test in the area of “Quantitative Reasoning” provided the result is 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 guidelines 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 30.
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.


Universität Basel > Philosophisch-naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät


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 Universitäre Hochschule UH

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. The doctoral studies last roughly three years. After the acceptance of the dissertation there follows an oral examination covering the postgraduate studies in the doctoral subject.


Teaching diploma for secondary schools

The teaching diploma enables teaching within the general school system at the Secondary Level II and is based on the academic degree at Master’s level of a university in one or two subjects. In addition, two semesters of vocational training at the school for teacher education at FHNW have to be completed. The diploma does not require a Master's degree in a second subject; however, it is advisable due to better career options later after graduation. Details are to be found in UNI INFO «Lehrdiplom für Maturitätsschulen». See also: 2

Praktische Hinweise

Ort / Adresse

  • Basel (BS)

Zeitlicher Ablauf


The program is to be started in the fall semester.


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

Zeitliche Beanspruchung

  • Vollzeit


  • Englisch

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


Guidelines and regulations


Universität Basel > Philosophisch-naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät

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

Auskünfte / Kontakt

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).

Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

Mrs. Christine Mensch
Socinstrasse 57
4002 Basel
T + 41 61 284 82 89

Universität Basel > Philosophisch-naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät

Studienberatung Basel

Steinengraben 5, 4051 Basel
T +41 61 207 29 29/30


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Petersplatz 1, 4001 Basel
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