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Epidemiology

Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states or events (including disease), and the application of this study to the control of diseases and other health problems. Ultimately, our graduates will contribute to improving public health, promoting individual well-being, and eliminating health disparities across Indiana and around the world.  Epidemiology is the health discipline which studies patterns and etiology of health and illness among populations and communities.  The findings from epidemiological research are used to prevent illness and injury, to protect the public's health, and to monitor health care. A particular application of epidemiologic knowledge today is towards the reduction and eradication of local, regional, national, and global health disparities.

Our academic programs have a distinguished reputation, both nationally and internationally. Our campus and community partnerships with epidemiologists and other medical professionals provide students with a rich environment for collaborative research and hands-on learning. In addition, the School has developed many relationships with government agencies engaged in public health as well as a comprehensive array of local, state, and national organizations with the goal of improving health. Our academic programs in epidemiology are developing a distinguished national and international reputation. Our campus and community partnerships with public health professionals, other health professionals, and other colleagues provides a comprehensive and collaborative environment for research and learning.

Our graduates often work in state or local public health agencies and government agencies as epidemiologists and often assume positions as analysts and project managers.  Other epidemiology graduates go into not-for-profit organizations and academic research centers, as research analysts, project coordinators, clinical research staff, and program evaluators.  In addition, private sector industry hires our graduates in positions such as research analysts, research staff, and project managers.

Graduates from our program have diverse and exciting careers, ranging from roles as local, state, and national epidemiologists in a variety of public agencies, to leadership positions in non-governmental agencies, such as the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association, to management roles in a wide variety of academic and research units. They also carry out research and regulatory roles in private industry.

Students working with epidemiology faculty have in-depth expertise and considerable real-world epidemiological experience. The faculty have strong relationships with a network of professional epidemiologists at the local, state and national level who assist with mentoring students and collaborate on research projects. The geographical location enables students to complete internships in a wide range of local public, private and not-for-profit work environments. Interested students have the opportunity to serve as funded research assistants on faculty projects. These opportunities enable students to expand their research skills under the mentorship of expert epidemiologists.