There are Certificate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics programs designed for currently working professionals, such as medical doctors, researchers, dentists and nurses. Other programs are available for graduate students and are designed to augment existing training for those who wish to delve further into medical research. These certificate courses are often available online. Prerequisites to these programs vary but usually include a bachelor's degree or medical/doctoral degree.
Certificate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Coursework begins with a foundation in each of the two disciplines. Some certificate programs include a course in grant writing that teaches students about fundraising for research projects. More general topics covered include:
- Epidemiology case studies
- Biostatistics sampling and probability
- Meta-analysis and systematic review
- Clinical research design
- Clinical research publication and presentation
- Informatics in medicine
- Community engaged research models
Employment Outlook and Salary Information
Graduates with a certificate in epidemiology and biostatistics can work in a variety of areas. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), medical scientists can expect to see an employment increase of 8% between 2014 and 2024. As of May 2015, medical scientists earned a median salary of $82,240.
Statisticians can expect to see a 34% increase in employment for the same decade. While many of them work in scientific research, others are employed by government agencies. As of May 2015, the median salary was reported to be $80,110 annually.
Epidemiologists are predicted to see an increase in employment of 6% from 2014 to 2024. The BLS noted ongoing public health awareness and a shortage of epidemiologists as reasons for the job growth, but uncertainty in public budgets might keep growth in check. In May 2015, the BLS reported a median salary of $69,450 for epidemiologists.
A certificate in epidemiology and biostatistics trains graduate students or working professionals in methods for epidemiological research, such as case studies, biostatistic sampling, and meta-analysis, to prepare them for a wide variety of careers.