Online Epidemiology Degrees and Classes

An epidemiologist is someone who studies the origin of diseases and illnesses as well as how to prevent their transmission. Find out the degrees and career paths available in this field. Schools offering Epidemiology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Online Epidemiology Degrees Can I Pursue?

You can pursue a Master of Public Health degree with a focus on epidemiology. However, online programs in public health are rare. Some online programs may still require you to visit campus to take proctored exams, though you may be able to arrange for a proctor close to you if going to campus isn't possible. You'll have to meet the same admissions requirements for online or on-campus programs.

Online Availability Online programs are available with possible campus visits
Prerequisites Bachelor's degree in related field, prerequisite classes, work experience
Study Topics Health behavior, community nutrition, health statistics
Career Options Government agency, private agency, pharmaceutical company, community health organization
Continuing Education Individual online epidemiology courses

Are There Any Prerequisites?

You'll need a bachelor's degree in a related field like biology, chemistry or nursing - although some schools may accept an undergraduate degree in psychology or sociology. Most schools will also look for classes in algebra and biology. Some schools may also look for coursework in biochemistry, behavioral sciences, genetics or zoology. Though not necessary, some schools prefer applicants that have at least two years of related work experience.

What Will I Learn?

You'll study public health topics in online classes like community nutrition, health statistics and health behavior. In addition, you may be able to take electives in the epidemiology of cancer, injury and infectious disease. You can also learn about how environmental and occupational hazards can contribute to the spread of disease. You'll study research methods in the field, and you may be able to focus on epidemiology during a thesis or independent master's project.

What Kinds of Careers Can I Pursue?

If you complete your Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology, you will find a wide selection of careers open to you. You could work as an epidemiologist, keeping track of infectious diseases and determining how they are spread. As a disease intervention specialist you might design disease education programs or help develop policy that addresses dealing with a disease outbreak.

You could work for a community health organization in the United States or in another country, coordinating outreach to and education of the local population about disease prevention. You might also conduct outbreak investigations when large groups of people become ill. There could also be opportunities to work with government agencies, pharmaceutical companies or private agencies.

Can I Take Continuing Education Courses Online?

Because new diseases and new treatments are being discovered, you may wish to continue your epidemiology education without entering a formal degree program. There are many online options available to you. Some schools offer courses during the regular school year - which are often the same as courses presented on campus - while others only offer them during special summer sessions. For some programs, you may have to be an alumnus of the school in order to enroll.

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