The Epidemiology concentration, as part of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, prepares students to unravel complex health issues by the study of the distribution of the spread of disease, social factors, and other risk factors. Through the design and conduct of research studies, epidemiologists extend basic knowledge of disease processes leading to prevention strategies, and aid in the development and evaluation of such prevention strategies. The discipline makes heavy use of biostatistics, along with the core areas of public health and the related health science disciplines.
The Epidemiology concentration offers a wide range of academic programs, including Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), Master of Science (M.S.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree options. Our goal is to provide students with the strong analytic and quantitative skills needed to conduct professional-level public health research, disease surveillance, program evaluation, public health practice, and epidemiological research.
Our award-winning faculty has decades’ worth of experience educating students in the classroom and in research settings, preparing future generations of professionals and researchers in the field. The faculty fosters a unique environment in which practical involvement in transdisciplinary research collaborations enhance learning and provide a dynamic, rewarding environment. The faculty work closely with the Biostatistics faculty, and are involved in multiple avenues of research, including community-based research, women’s health issues, physical activity, nutrition, and biomarkers.
The Epidemiology concentration is a part of the Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology in the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS). The SPHHS is fully accredited by the Council of Education for Public Health, and is a member of the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health.