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Epidemiology, M.P.H.

Arnold School of Public Health

Join a multidisciplinary program in public health education and gain the skills to apply epidemiology knowledge in practice settings within state health departments, private practice or university settings.

Become a student in the reputable Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Arnold School of Public Health, and enjoy an integrated core curriculum with exceptional instruction. You'll create culturally competent protocols, develop and evaluate surveillance programs and perform and present data analysis. Complete the program in person or 100% online at any time.

Program Highlights

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    Accredited Education

    Learn in a program accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, which assures quality in public health education.

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    Real Experiences

    Gain valuable hands-on experience working in a variety of learning opportunities in public health practice settings.

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    In-Demand Skills

    Apply what you learn in public health practice settings with mentorship from experienced epidemiologists and biostatisticians.

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    Notable Program

    Study in a department known for excellence in teaching at a top-tier research institution.

What You’ll Study

Learn to evaluate a public health surveillance system, identify gaps and address them with various methods. Determine the appropriate study designs for a given public health problem. Formulate a research question while managing and analyzing associated data. You will complete a practicum, internship or residency as a graduation requirement.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Data Analysis

    Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making

    Examine Evidence

    Gathering and analyzing information for decision-making or problem-solving purposes

    Scientific Writing

    Communicating scientific research and findings in a clear, accurate and compelling manner

  • Analytical Reasoning

    Breaking down complex problems or situations to identify patterns, connections and solutions

    Database Management

    Organizing and maintaining data in a computer system, including storage, retrieval and security

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

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Potential Careers

  • Epidemiologist
  • Data Analyst
  • Research Associate
  • Program Coordinator
  • Disease Prevention and Control

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Epidemiologist
  • Program Coordinator
  • Research Analyst

Average Alumni Salary

Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $72,421

Workplace Settings

  • Health Departments
  • Government
  • Nonprofits
  • Private Sector
  • Hospitals
  • Education

Employers of Alumni

  • S.C. Department of Health & Environmental Control
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Advanced Degrees

Advance your career or options with post-graduate education.

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