Epidemiology and BiostatisticsMaster of Science (MSc)
Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
An undergraduate supervisor recommended I look into the program at Western as a possibility—she completed her PhD in Biostatistics at Western, and only had good things to say. I also knew Western had a strong focus and well-known faculty in the fields of social and psychiatric epidemiology on the epidemiology side, and in the analysis of clustered data on the biostatistics side (both of which are very interesting to me). Plus, the graduate program and its community were very welcoming, right from the start.
Describe your research.
I’m exploring new ways of performing quantitative analyses of text data. Lots of text data is produced in health research (e.g., physician notes, interview or focus groups transcripts, etc.) and, using distributional properties of language, I want to provide meaningful descriptive variables and methods of comparing them that health researchers can use to present or analyze their text data. This will involve a combination of quantitative linguistics (which studies the statistical properties and probability distributions of elements of language), and natural language processing (a subcategory of machine learning used to process large volumes of text). This project is interdisciplinary and ever-evolving.
Where’s your favourite place on campus to work?
I love the wide, open windows on the third floor of the Western Centre for Public Health & Family Medicine (where the EpiBio program lives). The bright natural light is nice while I work, plus there are always people from the program around that I can say “hi” to. I also appreciate having the student kitchen (and my coffee and tea supply) right around the corner.
What suggestion would you like to share?
Say “yes!” to every opportunity you can. I think doing a Master’s is a great way of exploring your field and gaining experience. Your research here may not be the same as what you hope to do in the future (and it’s 100% fine if you don’t know what that is yet), but no matter what, it’ll open your eyes and you will learn something valuable.
Program ContactSarah Guerrero (email@example.com)
Academic Programs Coordinator
Department of Epidemiology and BiostatisticsWestern University
Kresge Building Rm 201
London, Ontario N6A 5C1
t. 519-661-2111 ext. 86263
We offer MSc and PhD degrees in Epidemiology & Biostatistics. 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.
- 6 Terms (Full-time study)
- Full-time study or part-time study
Applicants are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships (if eligible):
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fee schedules (per term) are posted on the Office of the Registrar's website at http://www.registrar.uwo.ca/student_finances/fees_refunds/fee_schedules.html
- 4-year honours degree (or equivalent)
- 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 course. (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.)
English Language Proficiency
Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:
- The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum acceptable score is 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) [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984].
- The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS Academic). The minimum acceptable score is 6.5 out of 9 for each category, including overall score.
- Western English Language Centre. The requirement is successful completion of the High-Advanced level.
- October 15 - Applications open.
- January 15 - Applications deadline.
Fields of Research