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Top Colleges for Epidemiology: List of Schools

Learn about epidemiology programs, a graduate field of study typically offered through a university's school of medicine or college of public health. Read about the degree options and courses at three leading universities, and find a table that lists other schools in the U.S. that offer specialized programs in epidemiology.

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Graduate programs in epidemiology can lead to a Master of Science (M.S.) or a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), which may be combined with a Medical Doctor (M.D.) credential. The three schools highlighted below include an Ivy League institution and two universities that can help students prepare for careers in academic or clinical research. Core courses found in an epidemiology program can include the study of biostatistics, human pathology and scientific writing.

Top U.S. Schools with Epidemiology Programs

1. The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA

The University of Pennsylvania (UP) is an Ivy League school that Forbes ranked 52nd on its list of 'America's Top Colleges' for 2011. The Perelman School of Medicine offers an M.S. in Clinical Epidemiology program, which prepares students for careers in academic research. Once enrolled, graduate students take courses in biostatistics, epidemiology research methods and genetic epidemiology. Through a 4-year M.D./Ph.D. program, aspiring clinical researchers study biostatistics and clinical epidemiology and complete a dissertation.

2. The University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA

The Carver Medical School at the University of Iowa (UI), a research-based university, ranked tenth on U.S. News & World Report's 'Best Medical Schools in Primary Care' list in 2011. UI's College of Public Health offers an M.S. in Epidemiology and a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) with a subtrack in epidemiology. Course topics include biostatistics, human pathology and the epidemiology of infectious diseases.

3. Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University is a private institution that U.S. News & World Report ranked 17th on its list of 'Best Colleges in America' for 2012. The Institute for Medicine and Public Health at Vanderbilt offers a Ph.D. in Epidemiology for students with a Master of Arts (M.A.) in a quantitative field, such as epidemiology or biostatistics. Students create an independent research portfolio and take courses in scientific writing and principals of biostatistics.

List of Ten Good Epidemiology Schools in the U.S.

School NameDistinctionLocation
George Washington University Epidemiology students can work with members of the National Institutes of Health Washington, D.C.
Michigan State University Department of Epidemiology offers a graduate certificate in epidemiology East Lansing, MI
New York Medical College School of Medicine offers a diverse range of clinical settings Valhalla, NY
Texas A&M University Offers three graduate degree programs in epidemiology College Station, TX
University of Arizona Research activities focus on communities in the Southwest U.S. Tucson, AZ
University of Iowa Department of Epidemiology oversees the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases Iowa City, IA
University of Michigan Epidemiology Department offers five programs of study Ann Arbor, MI
University of Pennsylvania Diverse opportunities for research available through the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and BiostaticsPhiladelphia, PA
University of Utah The Division of Epidemiology has a partnership with the National Cancer Institute Salt Lake City, UT
Vanderbilt University Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center for research and training Nashville, TN
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