Department Overview

There is a critical need for epidemiologists now and in the future. One of our highest priorities is educating students to meet this need.

Degree Offerings

The master of public health (MPH) in epidemiology (EPI) provides students with the necessary tools to conceptualize a public health problem, design studies, collect data, analyze data, and interpret and report the results of studies.

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The master of public health (MPH) in global epidemiology (GLEPI) is a joint program offered by the Hubert Department of Global Health and the Department of Epidemiology. Students learn qualitative and quantitative research methodologies that they can put to practical use on a global level.

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The master of science in public health (MSPH) degree in epidemiology (EPI) is a professional degree designed for students seeking more in-depth training in epidemiologic research.

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The master of science in public health degree (MSPH) in global epidemiology (GLEPI) is a joint program offered by the Hubert Department of Global Health and the Department of Epidemiology. Students are trained in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and receive a more in-depth education in the analytic aspects of epidemiology.

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The PhD in epidemiology (EPI) is offered through Emory’s Laney Graduate School and trains students to become independent investigators. Students develop skills that will enable them to be successful in PhD-level positions in academia, the government, and the private sector.

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Courses

The Department of Epidemiology offers programs designed for students with a strong background and interest in biology, chemistry, and mathematical sciences. Our curriculum is highly quantitative and therefore we recruit students with excellent analytical skills and a strong science background.


Faculty

The Department of Epidemiology has a distinguished faculty committed to excellence in teaching and research. In our department, there are approximately 40 primarily appointed faculty, more than 60 jointly appointed faculty, and more than 100 adjunct faculty.


Research

Our faculty participate in research fieldwork in and out of the United States, as well as long-term follow-up of groups at home and abroad. Research areas include:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Genetic and molecular epidemiology
  • Health and disease in correctional systems
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Infectious diseases
  • Nutrition
  • Public health preparedness
  • Renal diseases
  • Social determinants of health
  • Women and children’s health (especially pregnancy and the perinatal period)

Centers

Collaboration is an integral component to our department. A few of the centers we are affiliated with include:

Our work with these centers illustrates the practical ways we can apply epidemiological principles to critical national and international problems.