Epidemiology Masters Graduate Programs
Epidemiology masters programs prepare students to investigate and describe the causes and spread of disease, and develop the means for prevention or control. Most applied epidemiologists are required to have a master's degree from a school of public health. Some research epidemiologists may need a Ph.D. or medical degree, depending on the work they perform.
Masters in Epidemiology
Epidemiology is largely based on methodology, which makes quantitative aptitude a must for success. Students should be meticulous, logical, culturally sensitive and able to work independently. Epidemiology graduate schools mostly base their programs on English, science and mathematics classes.
In order to apply for admission to epidemiology programs, students must request admission by special arrangement. Some schools offer this degree through their School of Public Health (MPH). Ph.D. epidemiology programs often require a minimum of a master’s in a related field. Life experience also factors into admissions criteria.
Epidemiology Masters Programs and Curriculum
Epidemiology masters students can choose to specialize in areas such as: cardiovascular disease, cancer, clinical approaches, infectious disease, neurological issues and genetic problems. Most schools share the same basic educational curriculum:
- Molecular biology
- Disease and injury determinants
- Genetic disease and disability factors
- Behavioral studies
- Health services research
- Population studies
- Environmental disease
Epidemiology Masters Career Paths
Graduates can pursue jobs in a variety of top industries. Applied epidemiologists, who usually work for State health agencies, respond to disease outbreaks, determining their causes and helping to contain them. Research epidemiologists study diseases in laboratories and in the field to determine how to best and most effectively prevent future outbreaks.
Epidemiologist Salary and Future Job Outlook
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual wages for epidemiologists were $65,270 in 2012. The factors that may affect an epidemiologist’s salary include certification, years of experience, type of employer and location. The BLS predicts a 10 percent increase in jobs in this profession between 2012 and 2022. A heightened awareness of bioterrorism and rare but infectious diseases, such as West Nile Virus or Avian flu, is expected to drive job growth.
- Pittsburgh, PAPittsburgh, PA
University of Pittsburgh
This program studies the application of scientific method to disease in populations for the purpose of prevention or control. A major goal of training and research is to develop techniques that will effectively reduce mortality and morbidity.
- Los Angeles, CALos Angeles, CA
University of Southern California
Offered by the Department of Preventive Medicine, the graduate programs in biostatistics and epidemiology train students in applied statistics so that they can function not only as members of interdisciplinary health research teams, but also as liaisons...
- Albany, NYAlbany, NY
University At Albany (S.U.N.Y.)
- Irbid, JordanIrbid, Jordan
Jordan University of Science and Technology
- Antwerpen, BelgiumAntwerpen, Belgium
Institute of Tropical Medicine
The course provides a solid foundation in quantitative and qualitative techniques for the description, investigation and evaluation of health problems...
- Sainte-Anne-De-Bellevue, QCSainte-Anne-De-Bellevue, QC
The Institute of Parasitology offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. programmes in a multi-disciplinary environment, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology. The Institute is a post-graduate research centre in which the interaction of host and parasite is st...
- Montreal, QC
- Ithaca, NYIthaca, NY
This minor field offers a graduate program in conjunction with several areas of specialization, including biometry,...
- Providence, RIProvidence, RI
The graduate programs in the Department of Community Health at Brown University are structured along three broadly defined tracks focusing on Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Health Services Research. The Department offers comprehensive course work le...
- Saint Louis, MOSaint Louis, MO
St. Louis University
Provides students with skills needed to collect, manage, analyze, and interpret health data for careers in public health organizations and academic se...
- Moscow, RussiaMoscow, Russia
- East Lansing, MIEast Lansing, MI
Michigan State University
- Loma Linda, CALoma Linda, CA
Loma Linda University
Biostatisticians play an important role in a wide variety of health and biomedical investigations that explore the frontiers of man's knowledge.
- Valhalla, NYValhalla, NY
New York Medical College
Students learn to evaluate the determinents of diseases and disease intervention programs.
- Beirut, LebanonBeirut, Lebanon
American University of Beirut
- Songkhla, ThailandSongkhla, Thailand
Prince of Songkla University
- Athens, GAAthens, GA
University of Georgia
The epidemiology concentration offers a focus either in general epidemiology, global infectious diseases (in collaboration...
- Karachi, PakistanKarachi, Pakistan
Aga Khan University
- Shipai, ChinaShipai, China
- Kingston, NSKingston, NS
Queen's University, Ontario, Canada
This program aims to provide students with the educational opportunities needed to acquire the knowledge, attitudes and methodological skills necessary to participate in health services or epidemiology research teams or in public health practice. The...
- Canberra, AustraliaCanberra, Australia
Australian National University, The
The Graduate School of The Australian National University is a cosmopolitan academic community, attracting students from many countries and from all parts of Australia. Approximately 1200 graduate students are enrolled in research degrees (PhD or Master...
- Cambridge, United KingdomCambridge, United Kingdom
University of Cambridge
Requests can be faxed to +44-1223-338723. The Board of Graduate Studies regrets it is unable to take e-mail enquiries. Please do not send e-mail enqui...
- Galveston, TXGalveston, TX
University of Texas Medical Branch
The Graduate Program in Preventive Medicine and Community Health is authorized to award the MS and PhD degrees. The PMCH Program features a core curriculum with several curricular tracks that allow specialized study in several areas within the broad fie...