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 two leading universities, and find a table that lists other schools in the U.S. that offer specialized programs in epidemiology.

School Information

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. These schools highlighted below include an Ivy League institution and a university 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.

1. The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA

School Highlight: The Center for Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics houses research that involves biostatisticians, clinicians and non-clinicians epidemiologists and facilitates training epidemiology.

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

School Highlight: The College of Public Health building is a state-of-the-art facility is home to offices of the faculty and administrative offices, while the other institutes are located on the health sciences campus.

UI's College of Public Health offers an M.S. in Epidemiology, 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. A Ph.D. program is also available, in addition to graduate certificates and a joint-degree program as a B.A. in Biology/M.S. in Epidemiology.

Top Epidemiology Schools

School NameDistinctionLocation
George Washington University Offers ten undergraduate and graduate schools and colleges 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
University of Arizona Research activities focus on communities in the Southwest U.S. Tucson, AZ
University of Michigan Epidemiology Department offers five programs of study Ann Arbor, MI

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