Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Master of Science (MSc)



Meet Riaz Qureshi, MSc candidate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics

“The Epidemiology and Biostatistics program provides many of the skills that are necessary for me to get started in conducting research, both on my own and as part of a team. The department strives to produce competent epidemiologists, and while course heavy in the first year, the faculty are available to help and provide guidance to students for the remainder of their degree.”

Supervisor: Dr. Janet Martin

Where is “home” for you?
Listowel, Ontario. A small town about an hour North of London.

Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
I chose to come to Western for my graduate degree because I knew the school and some people already in attendance. I heard that the program had a good reputation, and my current supervisor is a content expert in my area of interest. As an added bonus: it is close to home.

Describe your research in 100 words or less.
Medical reversal is the phenomenon whereby new and better research – most often: appropriately designed and conducted randomized controlled trials – reveal that a medical practice, technology, or intervention does not work as well as, or is even more harmful than, was once thought. My supervisor and I are working towards establishing some method of predicting the likelihood of a medical practice being reversed in the future. This involves careful analysis of the many characteristics of research, both quantitative and qualitative, that are likely to lead to reversal.

What is your “dream” career?
My dream career is to be a full-time epidemiologist as part of a research team. In my co-operative work terms during my undergrad, I worked with several teams conducting health research in different hospitals and I loved the atmosphere of working as part of an interdisciplinary team.

What are you most passionate about?
I am passionate about discovering new experiences and travelling. My family grew up going on trips around the world and I have been extremely fortunate in meeting new people.

What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
If you are considering applying to the Epidemiology and Biostatistics program at Western, take a look at our faculty: there are a range of specialties and expertise available. You do not need any prior epidemiological knowledge to do well in this program, as our professors and courses do an excellent job of working through concepts from the ground up.

Program Websites


Program Contact

Karen Monteith (EpiBioGrad@schulich.uwo.ca)
Acting Academic Programs Coordinator

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Western University
Kresge Building Rm 201
London, Ontario N6A 5C1

t. 519-661-2111 ext. 86263

We offer MSc and PhD degrees in Epidemiology & Biostatistics. Degrees with a specialization in Biostatistics are offered through a collaborative program with the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences. Students are exposed to a full breadth of policy-relevant methodologies from the fields of epidemiology, biostatistics, health services research, health economics, genetic epidemiology, and program evaluation.

Times to Completion

  • 6 Terms (2 years)

Curriculum Options

  • Full-time or part-time study
  • Thesis-based

Funding Details

Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:

Admission Requirements

Epidemiology Program

Master's Degree (MSc)

Basis of Admission 4 year honors (or equivalent)
Addtional Requirements

Priority will be given to applicants with:

  • A min. average of A- (80% or 10/12) in the last 2 full-time years of education
    • Averages for part-time students will use the last 10.0 full credits (or equivalent)
  • Strong performance in a recent statistics course1
International Requirements International applicants will require an English proficiency test completed within the last two calendar years and meeting one of the following minimum results:
  • TOEFL: 580 (for paper-based test) or 237 (for computer-based test), or 90-92 overall with no individual score below 20 (for internet Based TOFEL)
  • IELTS: 6 out of 9
  • MELAB: 80 on each section and an overall score of at least 85
1. Our graduate program requires students to have taken a recent course in statistics. If a great deal of time has elapsed since your last statistical course, we recommend that your application include concrete examples of how you use statistical methods in your regular role at work.

Biostatistics Collaborative Program2

Master's Degree (MSc)

Basis of Admission 4 year honors (or equivalent) in Mathematics, Statistics or other quantitative discipline
Addtional Requirements

Priority will be given to applicants with:

  • A min. average of A- (80% or 10/12) in the last 2 full-time years of education. 
    • Averages for part-time students will use the last 10.0 full credits (or equivalent)
2. This program operates within both our graduate program and the Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences. Details about our Biostatistics program and requirements may be found on our program document (PDF PDF, 179K).

Test Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:

Application Deadline(s)

  • January 15 - Acceptance notification by June

Fields of Research

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology