The overall mission of the Epidemiology concentration is to provide students with strong analytic and quantitative skills needed to conduct professional-level public health research, disease surveillance, program evaluation, public health practice, and epidemiological research. The Epidemiology program closely compliments the program in Biostatistics both academically and professionally. These related fields are based on the natural, mathematical, and social sciences. The faculty meets its mission by preparing public health professionals who work in industry, hospital and medical research settings, and academic institutions to improve the health of the public. The academic program includes a base of theoretically sound courses complemented by hands-on research experiences in industry and public health agencies.