Careers in Epidemiology

Experts in the epidemiology of diseases in humans are often the frontline of disease research. This branch of medical science investigates and describes the causes and spread of disease and develops the means for prevention or control. Epidemiologists may study many different illnesses, often focusing on major infectious diseases or chronic illnesses.

At a minimum, epidemiologists need a master's degree in public health. In many cases a PhD is required.

Research epidemiologists work at colleges and universities, schools of public health, medical schools, and independent research firms. Clinical epidemiologists work primarily in consulting roles at hospitals, informing the medical staff of infectious outbreaks and providing containment solutions. These epidemiologists sometimes are referred to as infection control professionals.

Careers are open in industry, public and private health services delivery organizations, and domestic and international public health agencies.

Where are our graduates working?

PhD Graduates

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California
  • Statistician, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley
  • Research Scientist, Eli Lily, Indianapolis
  • Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Ohio State University

MS Graduates

  • PhD Program in Epidemiology
  • Clinical Research Data Manager, Division of Infectious Disease, College of Medicine, Ohio State University
  • Data Analyst, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Clinical Research Coordinator, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ohio State University

MPH Graduates

  • PhD Program, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • MD, DDS, and MBA Programs
  • Clinical Research Data Coordinator, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ohio State University
  • Director, Regional Research and Medical Support, Pfizer
  • Healthcare Analyst, Case Western Reserve University