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Epidemiology specialization (M2)

Epidemiology is one of the major specializations in public health, especially abroad. It is an essential tool both in making individual decisions in clinics and in collective decision-making on public health policy. This course covers the methodological aspects of risk measurement, and the different areas that epidemiology applies to: clinical research, risks in health care environments, transmissible diseases, perinatal, treatment risks, public health in developing countries, etc.




There are two set programs:

  • a program on general epidemiology which follows on from the Maîtrise des Sciences Biologiques et Médicales in which participates a network of institutional and university research laboratories,
  • a program on epidemiology in developing countries which follows on from the diplôme d’études approfondies (DEA) of public health in developing countries.




Public health, epidemiology, developing countries


This degree leads to careers in:

  • higher education and research (universities,INSERM, CNRS, INRA, IRD, Institut Pasteur, IFREMER, CEA...),
  • national and international public health organisms (InVS, AFSSAPS, AFSSA, AFSE, ANAES, INPES, ORS, WHO, etc.),
  • the pharmaceutical industry,
  • the food industry,
  • health establishments,
  • health administration.


The epidemiology specialization lasts one university year. It is composed of 300 hours of theoretical classes (30 ECTS credits) in the first part of the year and a 6-month research or professional internship with a host. The theoretical classes are made up of individual papers each representing 20 to 60 hours on average (2 to 6 ECTS), which include theory classes and a written exam. The minimum number of credits varies between specializations.

Student numbers range from 20 to 30.

The course runs from October through July. Application forms are available from the specialization’s secretary (Centre Biomédical des Cordeliers - 15 rue de l’Ecole de Médecine - 75006 Paris – ph. 01 42 34 68 34 - email: master.epidemio@bhdc.jussieu.fr or master.spms.epidemio@upmc.fr) from April to June. The teaching committee for the specialization meets for candidate selection in June and July.

To obtain their degree, students must pass written theory exams and complete a research project with a dissertation, which they must defend before a panel at the end of the year.

Well-targeted public

The epidemiology specialization corresponds to the second year of a Master’s degree. It is intended for:

  • doctors, pharmacists, dental-surgeons and veterinarian’s with an honor’s degree
  • students with a scientific honor’s degree, or the first year of a master’s degree.

Students’ selection is based on their written application.


  • foundations of bio statistics and probabilities,
  • foundations of epidemiology (morbidity indicators, mortality, risk measurement, types of survey, etc.),
  • foundations in biomedicine (major health problems, pathologies, human biology, etc.),
  • foundations in computer science (main data analysis software, information systems, etc.),
  • foundations in medical evaluation (evidenced-based medicine, medico-economic analysis, etc.).

Person responsible

Person responsible

Administrative coordinator
Girard Christele
01 42 34 68 34
UPMC - 15 rue de l'école de médecine
75006 Paris

phone number 01 42 34 68 34

e-mail address : master.spms@upmc.fr

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