Epidemiology Masters Graduate Programs
Epidemiology graduate 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.
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 Graduate Programs and Curriculum
Epidemiology graduate 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 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.
- Rochester, NYRochester, NY
University of Rochester
The curriculum emphasizes the sequential process of reasoning that is inherent to the discipline of Epidemiology...
- 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.
- Ithaca, NYIthaca, NY
This minor field offers a graduate program in conjunction with several areas of specialization, including biometry,...
- Evanston, ILEvanston, IL
Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies
One-year public health research degree for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students. Also training for statistical analysts.
- 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...
- Cambridge, MACambridge, MA
Epidemiology - The study of the frequency, distribution, and determinants of disease in humans - is a fundamental science of public health. Epidemiologists use many approaches, but the ultimate aim of epidemiologic research is the control of human disea...
- Sydney, AustraliaSydney, Australia
University of Sydney
- London, United KingdomLondon, United Kingdom
University College London
The programme will provide knowledge of the concepts of and intellectual approaches to social epidemiology.
- Birmingham, ALBirmingham, AL
University of Alabama at Birmingham
- Dunedin, New ZealandDunedin, New Zealand
University of Otago
- Edmonton, ABEdmonton, AB
University of Alberta
The Department of Public Health Sciences has for a number of years worked towards focusing itsprograms into a single degree. The first of these is the Master of Public Health with specialization inHealth Policy Research and a Master of Public Health wit...
- New Orleans, LANew Orleans, LA
The mission of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is to advance public health knowledge, promote health and well-being and prevent disease, disability and premature mortality. This is accomplished through academic excell...
- Bridgetown, BarbadosBridgetown, Barbados
University of the West Indies
- Houston, TXHouston, TX
University of Texas Health Science Center At Houston
- Berlin, GermanyBerlin, Germany
- Columbia, SCColumbia, SC
University of South Carolina
The major in epidemiology is designed for students pursuing careers in the study of chronic and infectiousdiseases and disabling conditions.
- Stanford, CAStanford, CA
- 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
- Beirut, LebanonBeirut, Lebanon
American University of Beirut
- 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...