BSPH in Epidemiology

Improve Population Health with Epidemiology

Do you want to help find and address serious health disparities that influence not just one person, but entire populations? Does focusing more on preventing sickness than on treating sickness sound interesting to you? Earn your Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) in Epidemiology.

Epidemiology, the science of public and population health, is a field of disease detectives who conduct studies to better understand the health status of populations. Epidemiology studies describe the occurrence of disease in communities–who, what, when, where–and determine how and why disease occurs. The findings of these studies are then used to control and prevent disease and protect and improve the public’s health.

Epidemiologists study all health phenomena, such as infectious diseases, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, maternal and child health, substance abuse, and injuries. They also work with policy makers, clinicians, and other health professionals to eliminate health disparities and improve health equity locally, nationally, and globally.

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Faculty

The Department of Epidemiology is comprised of highly effective researchers, educators and practitioners to meet the educational needs of our students. You will learn and work closely with renowned, award-winning faculty who have expertise in various types of epidemiology, including cancer prevention, cardiovascular disease, metabolic disease, clinical, infectious disease, injury, genetic and molecular, nutritional, pharmacoepidemiology, and public health informatics.  

Epidemiology Faculty

Competencies

Upon completing this degree, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the existence of a public health problem
  • Collaborate with others inside and outside the agency to identify the problem
  • Identify surveillance data needs
  • Assist in design of investigation, including creating hypotheses
  • Develop an understanding of the social and behavioral determinants of health
  • Analyze and understand complex biological and disease risk factors in the US and globally
  • Describe fundamental research methods used in the field of Public Health

Students will also have opportunities to develop research skills, team work and leadership skills, and have international health experiences through additional coursework and practical opportunities.