The Department of Epidemiology offers courses of study leading to the Master of Public Health (MPH) and the Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degrees in epidemiology. The programs are designed for individuals with a strong background and interest in mathematics and the sciences. Graduates pursue careers in public health agencies, academic institutions, and in the private sector, including health organizations and industry.
The department provides outstanding opportunities for education and research. In addition to faculty interest in infectious disease, environmental health, reproductive health, cancer, chronic and cardiovascular diseases, women’s and children’s health, and epidemiologic methods, students can take advantage of the department’s close working relationship with the adjacent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by participating in collaborative research projects. Those interested in developing skills in cancer epidemiology will find opportunities with the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program, supported by the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, whose national headquarters are located in Atlanta, and the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University. Research opportunities are available in other departments at RSPH, The Carter Center, the Georgia Division of Public Health, the Morehouse School of Medicine, the five large teaching hospitals affiliated with Emory University, and state and local health departments. These resources, as well as others in the clinical and basic science divisions of the Emory University School of Medicine, provide students with a wide range of study and research opportunities.
The required courses of the programs focus on epidemiologic methods and analysis. This specialized knowledge allows students to apply their skills to any research area they choose. Students are free to choose, with advisement, electives that will allow concentrations in several areas of study, including: Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Chronic Disease, Environmental Health, Infectious Diseases, Methods, and Reproductive and Women’s Health.