Epidemiologists are investigators who explore the landscape of disease and try new strategies to improve the health of communities. Are you interested in understanding why some groups are healthier than others? Are you curious about which kinds of programs effectively encourage healthy behavior? Our degree in epidemiology will provide you with a strong, useful foundation for a wide range of meaningful careers. You will learn disease investigation skills that will prepare you to address a wide range of health outcomes for conditions from addiction to malaria to heart disease.
What are the causes of disease, and how should we intervene?
A rigorous academic core and hands-on field experience
In addition to the five core areas of public health—epidemiology, health administration, environmental health, biostatistics, and social and behavioral health—you will take specialized courses in subjects such as disease surveillance, data collection and analysis, and identification of risk factors for infectious and chronic diseases.
Learning is not limited to the classroom. You will gain practical, hands-on field experience through our required internship program and have opportunities to conduct research and service projects with IU faculty.
Whether you want to pursue an advanced degree or a rewarding career such as maternal and child health specialist, biostatistician, or public health educator, you will be prepared. Our team of career coaches in the Office of Career Services will work with you to develop a plan that is tailored to you.