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Top Colleges for Epidemiology: List of Schools

Epidemiology is a graduate field of study that is generally offered through a university's school of medicine or college of public health. Courses in an epidemiology program may include biostatistics, human pathology and scientific writing. Students can earn an M.S. or a Ph.D. in Epidemiology.

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1. The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA

The University of Pennsylvania (UP) is an Ivy League university with 12 graduate and professional schools that offer programs in medicine, education and law. Forbes ranked UP 52nd on it 2011 list of America's Top Colleges. The Perelman School of Medicine offers a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology, which prepares students for academic research careers. Students take courses in biostatistics, epidemiology research methods and genetic epidemiology. A combined MD/Ph.D. program is also offered. This is a 4-year program that prepares students for careers in clinical research. Students take courses in biostatistics and clinical epidemiology and complete a dissertation.

2. The University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA

The University of Iowa (UI) is a research university that was established in 1847. U.S. News and World Report ranked UI's Carver Medical School tenth on its 2011 list of Best Medical Schools in Primary Care. UI's College of Public Health offers a M.S. in Epidemiology and a Master of Public Health with an epidemiology subtrack. Courses are offered in biostatistics, human pathology and epidemiology of infectious diseases.

3. Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University is a private college that offers graduate programs in areas such as medicine, health care and biological sciences. U.S. News and World Report ranked Vanderbilt 17th on its 2012 list of Best Colleges in America. The Institute for Medicine and Public Health at Vanderbilt offers a Ph.D. in Epidemiology for students with an M.A. in a quantitative field, such as epidemiology or biostatistics. Students create an independent research portfolio and take courses in scientific writing and principals of biostatistics.

List of Ten Good Epidemiology Schools in the U.S.

School NameDistinctionLocation
George Washington University Epidemiology students have the opportunity to work with members of the National Institutes of Health Washington, D.C.
Michigan State University Department of Epidemiology offers a graduate certificate in epidemiology East Lansing, MI
New York Medical College School of Medicine offers a diverse range of clinical settings Valhalla, NY
Texas A&M University Offers three graduate degree programs in epidemiology College Station, TX
University of Arizona Has research focus on communities in Southwest U.S. Tucson, AZ
University of Iowa Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases operated by Department of Epidemiology Iowa City, IA
University of Michigan Epidemiology Department offers five programs of study Ann Arbor, MI
University of Pennsylvania The Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatics provides diverse research opportunities Philadelphia, PA
University of Utah The Division of Epidemiology has partnership with National Cancer Institute Salt Lake City, UT
Vanderbilt University Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center for research and training Nashville, TN
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