Master of Science in Epidemiology
Epidemiology is the science that studies the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease conditions in defined populations. It is the cornerstone of public health, and informs policy decisions and evidence-based practice by identifying risk factors for disease and targets for preventive healthcare. As such, it is uniquely positioned to provide the methodologies and skills needed to carry out research and public health programs to identify correlates of disease that may be targets of primary prevention, to evaluate the consequences of changes in health care delivery on populations, and to accommodate the growing need to integrate and analyze large-scale information. Our program is focused on epidemiologic and biostatistical methods and is designed to provide students with the tools and skills needed to address future public health and information challenges. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), epidemiologists are likely to have good job prospects overall. Continued improvements in medical recordkeeping will enhance epidemiologists’ ability to track health outcomes, demographic data, and other useful data. Furthermore, improvements in statistical and mapping software will improve analysis, make epidemiological data more useful, and increase demand for epidemiologists.
We offer a short (34 credits) and focused but comprehensive program of study that provides students with practical skills that prepare them for employment in a wide variety of occupational settings. We welcome you to join us! For detailed information about program objectives and curriculum, please see About The Program.
For inquiries about our program, please email Edwin van Wijngaarden, PhD or call (585) 275-1985.