The Profession of Epidemiology
The U.S. Public Health Service has declared epidemiology as an area in need of many more trained professionals. The Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work offers professional degrees for individuals interested in the field of epidemiology. We have designed our programs to prepare students for positions in academia, research institutes, health organizations, government agencies, and the private health industry. These programs address the need for health care professionals who are prepared at the highest level of scholarly achievement to examine the conditions and determinants of health and disease in populations. The program equips students with the knowledge and skills to apply quantitative and qualitative methods in addressing public health problems.

Epidemiological research strives to discover the causes of disease, to advance and evaluate methods of disease prevention and assist with planning and evaluating the effectiveness of public health programs in protecting and promoting the health of populations. Today, epidemiologists face daunting challenges such as AIDS, cancer, and coronary heart diseases along with lesser-known emerging diseases. The outcomes of research in this field have huge implications for health programs and policy targeting improved quality and length of life among varied populations.

Professionals in the field of epidemiology have a wide array of opportunities to apply their knowledge and practical experience gained during their academic careers. This field has an attractive job market with diverse career opportunities. Our graduates are able to secure competitive positions in a wide variety of organizations:

    • Federal agencies such as CDC, NIH, etc.

    • Health departments at the county, state, and federal level

    • Academia and research centers

    • Health insurance and managed care organizations

    • International organization

    • Pharmaceutical firms
    • Non-profit health organizations
    • Consulting firms

       • Hospitals

The job market for epidemiologists is excellent. Recently, the U.S. Public Health Service declared epidemiology an area in need of many more professionals. Epidemiology is among the top in-demand fields in today’s job market and will likely continue to be in the future.
 • The National Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that job prospects for epidemiologists are “excellent,” with a projected growth rate of 15% beyond substantial retirement replacement.
According to the CDC:
• Nearly 42% of epidemiologists working in public health have no formal epidemiology training. Our certificate courses are designed to address this need.
• Up to 55% of health departments have minimal or no capacity in monitoring or investigating health problems and health hazards.
• Nearly 73% of health departments have minimal or no capacity in evaluating public health services.
• About 93% of health departments have minimal or no capacity to conduct research for solutions to public health problems.

Our master’s and PhD programs are geared towards preparing students to be highly trained for academic and professional leadership positions in public health, including the above mentioned needs.