Epidemiology focuses on patterns of disease, disability, and injury and applies that information to the control of health problems.
Epidemiologists quantify the exposure-disease relationship in humans and offer the possibility of altering that risk through intervention. Epidemiologic research provides the basis for significant public health decisions, such as those involving tobacco use or HIV/AIDS, well before individual disease mechanisms are understood.
The College of Public Health offers a Master of Public Health, a Master of Science, and a PhD in Epidemiology.
Strong undergraduate education in science and math is recommended. Admission decisions are made largely on GPA, GRE scores, recommendations, personal statement and experience. Minimum GPA is generally 3.0 and minimum GRE (verbal and quantitative combined) is generally 1200; the analytical writing score on the GRE should be at the 50th percentile or higher. The personal statement is examined for writing ability and motivation for the degree and for goodness of fit with the interests of the faculty. The stronger the application is with respect to these elements, the more likely the student will be admitted.
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