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Epidemiology, M.S.

Arnold School of Public Health

Gain the tools required to understand, prevent and control diseases on a global scale and become a vital force in improving population health outcomes in a fulfilling public health career.

Become an epidemiology graduate student in the reputable Arnold School of Public Health and experience exceptional instruction. You will explore the etiology of disease transmission, analyze data to inform policy, conduct original research and be well prepared to safeguard communities.

Program Highlights

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    Accredited Education

    Study 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

    Complete a research project culminating in a thesis that applies the principles and methods learned during coursework.

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    In-Demand Skills

    Apply what you learn in opportunities for research and mentorship by 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

Formulate research questions and develop evidence-based hypotheses that are testable with quantitative data. Develop protocols for primary data collection and for documentation of secondary data analyses. Communicate epidemiological findings effectively and complete a research project with a thesis 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


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems

    Scientific Writing

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

  • Database Management

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

    Analytical Reasoning

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

    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
  • Research Associate
  • Data Analyst
  • 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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