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Epidemiology programs focus on ways to manage outbreaks of diseases and traumas in society.

Epidemiology programs teach people about the causes of diseases and environmental injuries. Students study biology and chemistry. They learn how to set up programs to prevent and control outbreaks.

Epidemiology programs include topics such as:


Many universities offer graduate degrees in epidemiology. A master’s degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor’s degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master’s degree.

See schools that offer this program.

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Graduate Program Courses

This graduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

In addition, depending on your interests, you can take courses in other areas such as:

Graduate programs in epidemiology usually also include:

Things to Know

Epidemiology programs are often combined with biostatistics programs.

Most epidemiologists work as researchers and policy analysts. As an epidemiologist, you can study diseases for a pharmaceutical company. You can also teach at medical, dental, nursing, or veterinary schools. In addition, you can work for government agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration.


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University of Washington - Seattle