Epidemiologists track disease rates and keep the public informed of health risks. You can thank them for tabulating that heart disease accounted for 7.4 million world deaths in 2012, and you can use that information to effect change. The top colleges for epidemiology offer the best faculties, facilities, services for students and research in this significant discipline. They will train you to collect health data, disseminate it to populations that need it and advance your career.
Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, offers various master’s, doctoral and even medical degrees in 12 disciplines of epidemiology. The National Research Council gave the program its top ranking in 2010 for its research, reputation among scholars and features faculties say are important. Among the 12 disciplines are cancer epidemiology, cardiovascular epidemiology and environmental and occupational epidemiology. The epidemiology program at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore is part of the best public health program in the country, according to "U.S. News & World Report." The department offers three master’s degree programs, a joint bachelor's/master's program and three doctorates.
The National Research Council ranked the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor’s epidemiology programs among the top 10 in the nation in student services, scholarly reputation and diversity. Michigan offers a variety of post-graduate degrees in general epidemiology, hospital and molecular epidemiology, international health and occupational and environmental epidemiology. The University of Minnesota’s epidemiology program is part of one of the top 10 public health programs in the nation. The program offers a master’s in public health and a Ph.D. degree. In 2014, department director Pamela Schreiner focused her research on cardiovascular disease and prevention and alternative medicine.
The Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is part of the second-best public health program in the nation, behind only Johns Hopkins, according to "U.S. News & World Report." The school offers a master's degree in public health, a master's degree in science and Ph.D. degrees, with strengths in researching cancer epidemiology, cardiovascular epidemiology, environmental/occupational epidemiology, genetic epidemiology and social epidemiology. The Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University offers various master’s and doctoral degrees in epidemiology and global epidemiology. The school is in Atlanta, the same city as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters. When two Americans contracted the Ebola virus in August 2014, they came to an Emory University hospital for treatment.
With a variety of master’s, doctoral and certificate programs, the University of Washington in Seattle’s epidemiology program ranked in the top three in the U.S. in research and scholarly reputation, according to a 2012 study by the National Research Council. Students can take advantage of the school’s Center for AIDS and STD Research, Center for Clinical and Epidemiological Research and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona in Tucson ranked best in the nation for student services, according to a 2010 National Research Council study. The school offers master’s and doctoral degrees, and its students have conducted field work at a Super Bowl, Major League Baseball all-star game and Fiesta Bowl.
- Harvard University School of Public Health: Department of Epidemiology
- National Research Council: Public Health Program Rankings, 2010
- Johns Hopkins University: Department of Epidemiology, Degree Programs
- University of Michigan School of Public Health: Epidemiology
- University of Minnesota: School of Public Health, Degrees and Programs
- Gillings School of Global Public Health: Epidemiology
- Rollins School of Public Health: Epidemiology
- Emory News Center: Emory University Hospital Special Isolation Unit Treats Two Americans Infected With Ebola Virus
- University of Washington: Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health
Rudy Miller has been writing professionally since 1996. Miller is a digital team leader for lehighvalleylive.com, a local news website and content provider to the Express-Times newspaper in Easton, Pa. Miller holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Miami.