Epidemiology (EPI)

Advance knowledge on the causes of diseases and improve public health through research and education.

EPI @ Rollins

EPI offers courses of study leading to an MPH or MSPH in epidemiology as well as a PhD degree in epidemiology through the Laney Graduate School. We also cooperate in several dual degree programs and offer an epidemiology track for EMPH students.

Program Information

There is a critical need for epidemiologists now and in the future. One of our highest priorities is preparing our students to meet this need. Our curriculum is highly quantitative. Therefore, we recruit students with excellent analytical skills and a strong science background.


Research areas include cancer, women and children’s health (especially pregnancy and the perinatal period), infectious diseases, cardiovascular diseases, renal diseases, HIV/AIDS, health and disease in correctional systems, genetics, social epidemiology, and public health preparedness.


Our department regularly leads or co-leads projects with centers like the Emory Center for Aids Research, the Center for Public Health Preparedness and Research, the Center for Spina Bifida Research, Prevention and Policy, and the Emory Program in Cardiovascular Outcomes Research and Epidemiology,

Featured Alum & Faculty

Sharia Ahmed, MPH '12

Sharia Ahmed comes from a multidisciplinary background (biology and international relations), and focused her undergraduate studies on cycles of poverty and environmental degradation in relation to water resources.

Michele Marcus, PhD, MPH

Michele Marcus is the co-director of the pediatric environmental health specialty unit within the Department of Epidemiology. She has more than 20 years experience as a reproductive and environmental epidemiologist.  


We are continuing a major faculty expansion. We seek scholars for faculty appointments at all academic ranks. Areas of special emphasis are chronic disease epidemiology (especially cardiovascular disease epidemiology) and infectious disease epidemiology, but we are seeking candidates in all areas.

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Meet Your ADAPs

Rollins designates associate/assistant directors of programs (or ADAPs) to each of its departments. These friendly, knowledgeable advisors are here to answer your questions about the department’s curriculum, professors, concentrations, class registration, and course selection. Contact Nicole Regan at nicole.regan@emory.edu or Jena Black at jena.black@emory.edu.