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Degrees in Epidemiology

Epidemiology & Environmental Risk Assessment

What causes disease? Many health problems stem from exposure to hazards in the work place. Old and new technologies can put human health at risk, either through dangerous procedures or via exposure to the toxic materials involved in the work. It’s not just coal miners and their families who are at risk for deadly diseases. In certain hospitals, for example, health care workers can be at risk for illness due to constant exposure to hazardous substances.

Learn to prevent disease and injury, with a Master's or Doctoral degree in Epidemiology, or a professional certificate in Environmental Risk Assessment. With professors David Kriebel, Laura Punnett, Susan Sama, and David Wegman, you’ll study the distribution and determinants of disease. A graduate degree in Epidemiology will prepare you to identify diseases caused by exposure to hazards in the work environment, assess the health risks of new technologies, or recommend occupational standards that protect worker health based on scientific data.

If you enjoy an interdisciplinary approach to learning, like to be on the cutting edge of research and want to devote your career to promoting health and safety, this is the program for you.

To earn your Master’s Degree, you’ll study biostatistics, physiology, industrial hygiene and ergonomics in addition to the 15 WE Core credits and 9 credits of electives, and you’ll complete a capstone project.

To earn your Doctorate in Epidemiology, you’ll study mathematical statistics, patho-physiology, epidemiological theory, plus advanced courses in epidemiology and biostatistics. Areas of Dissertation research may include: respiratory epidemiology, injury epidemiology, exposure modeling, occupational disease surveillance, epidemiology of musculoskeletal disorders and occupational cancer epidemiology.

Prerequisites: One semester of math and one semester of biology with a grade of C or better are required. Courses must be taken during your undergraduate study in order to satisfy the Epidemiology requirements.