Pick almost any topic in public health: influenza epidemics, rising cancer rates, healthcare disparities. To understand how any of these problems are distributed across populations – much less, how to design an intervention – requires an epidemiologic mindset.
A cornerstone of public health, epidemiology focuses on the distribution and causes of disease and on developing and testing ways to prevent and control disease. From health departments to academia to the private sector, epidemiologists are widely needed to investigate public health challenges, including communicable and non-communicable diseases, aging, determinants of health, and mental health.
The Certificate in Advanced Epidemiology provides graduates with in-depth expertise in epidemiologic methods across different topics, such as infectious and chronic disease, and for diverse populations. The program will foster understanding of the role of epidemiology within the broader fields of public health, medicine, and social and behavioral sciences – areas in which epidemiologists often collaborate.
This Certificate will also enable graduates to identify potential ethical problems in research studies and evaluate alternative approaches. The intensive curriculum prepares MPH graduates with the critical interdisciplinary thinking and methodological skill set needed to address today’s complex public health challenges.
Advanced Epidemiology is open to Columbia MPH students in:
The program requires applicants to have taken one semester of calculus and and a score in the 75th percentile or higher on the Quantitative Reasoning Section of the GRE.
Visit the School's Academics website for more information about Advanced Epidemiology's required courses, certificate electives, and scheduling.
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