M.Sc. (Epidemiology)

About the M.Sc. Programme in Epidemiology

The M.Sc. in Epidemiology provides students with strong foundation in research and critical thinking in public health and epidemiological sciences. Students share most of their coursework with doctoral students during the first year, and undertake a master-level thesis work in their second year, with primary data collection in their country of origin.

The Programme encourages students to publish in peer-reviewed prior to or soon after the thesis defense, which strengthens their research profile. Graduates of the Programme are actively working at government agencies, universities, and the private sector in positions such as research assistant, researcher, statistician, data manager, data analyst, data quality control, and clinical research coordinator.  The skills acquired in the study of epidemiology are readily transferable to other fields, and graduates of the Programme also pursue careers in health sciences, social science, education, and health economics. Many graduates of the program go on to study for their doctoral degrees, both in Thailand and overseas.

Admission Requirements for the M.Sc. (Epidemiology) Programme
  1. Bachelor's degree in health professions such as medicine, public health, nursing or other related fields. At least one year of work experience in health services preferred.
  2. Fair to good command of English to carry out study, research and publication.
Arrangement of the Master curriculum

The curriculum is divided into 3 phases:

Phase I

During Phase I, the student catches up on coursework in Research Methodology and related subjects, and develop a research proposal suitable for a Master's thesis. At the end of this Phase, the student is required to present the research proposal to demonstrate readiness to carry out thesis research.

Phase II

During Phase II, the student carries out thesis data collection. The student works primarily in their home country under the supervision of a faculty member.

Phase III

During Phase III, the student writes up the thesis and prepare for M.Sc. Thesis Defense Examination.


Programme Outlines - M.Sc. Epidemiology (International Programme)

 1st Year

1st Semester



Medical Statistics and Statistical Computing

4 credits


Epidemiological Methods I

3 credits


Appraisal of Articles in Journals *

1 credits



7 credits

2nd Semester



Seminar in Research Methodology

3 credits


Epidemiological Methods II

3 credits


Advanced Medical Statistics and Medical Data Analysis

3 credits


Field Work Research

2 credits



11 credits


2nd Year

1st Semester




9 credits



9 credits

2nd Semester




9 credits



9 credits


Grand Total :  36 credits

* Enrolling in a course without receiving a grade or credit for that course (audit course)

The detail of thesis credit as follow:

1Proposal examination9 credits
2Thesis examination9 credits

Total18 credits

Tuition and Fees (US Dollars)

Per year tuition fees payable to Prince of Songkla University.

First year(course work) $6,000
Each subsequent yer $6,000

Establishment costs and living expenses etc. payable to the students

The budget for these costs may vary according to the funding agency. We recommend the following preparation:

First year only
Establishment costs $250-500
Field work $200-400
First and subsequent years
Health insurance per year $250
Living expenses per year
(foods, accommodation, local transportation, etc.)
English tuition (optional) $500
Note For Thai Nationals
Tuition Fee 90,000 Baht per year
Scholarship is available.

Thesis Research expenses
Depending on the topic of research, the student generally needs approximately $4,000 to $6,000 as the budget for their thesis research.

Admission policy and procedures

Please see the HOW TO APPLY page

Immigration requirements for study in Thailand

All foreign nationals entering Thailand must process valid passports. Visas are required for a stay of longer than three months. Participants are advised to apply for non-immigrant visas at the Consular Section of the Royal Thai Embassy in Their Country of Residence.

Career Options for M.Sc. graduates
  1. Epidemiologist in the Section of Disease Prevention and Control of Ministry of Public Health or other government agencies
  2. Researcher in in the field of health sciences, social science, education, health economics or public health as research assistant, researcher, statistician or data manager, data analyst, data quality control, clinical research coordinator
  3. Public health officer


Department of Epidemiology

6th Floor, Administrative Building,
Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University,
15 Kanjanavanich Road, Hat Yai,
Songkhla 90110 Thailand
Tel: +66 (0)74-451165-6
Fax: +66 (0)74-429754,
E-mail: ltippawa@hotmail.com , cvirasak@gmail.com

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