The field of epidemiology has grown dramatically in size, scope, and importance in recent decades. With rising concerns about emerging infections, environmental hazards, and global health disparities, epidemiologists are playing key roles in an expanding range of public health issues.

Training in sought-after skills

As a student in the department, you’ll learn to design, conduct, analyze, and interpret epidemiologic research—skills you’ll need, including grant writing, for a career or further study in the field. You’ll also learn how to collaborate on the kinds of interdisciplinary teams that conduct complex studies on risk factors and distributions of disease.

A distinguished, active faculty

Our 24 primary and 42 secondary faculty members are experts in epidemiologic methods, chronic and infectious diseases epidemiology, and pharmacoepidemiology. Most are actively engaged in research, often assisted by graduate students. Current projects include the VA Normative Aging Study, the Framingham Heart Study, and research on smoking cessation programs, environmental risk factors for breast cancer, African-American women’s health, and several studies on drug safety.

Our faculty members have written popular textbooks in epidemiology and advised the NIH, CDC, and local boards of health. You’ll find they excel as educators and student advisors, too. Many have received several teaching awards, not only from BU but also the American Public Health Association. They demonstrate their commitment to community health by working with government agencies and Boston residents through the Partners in Health and Housing Prevention Research Center.

Degree programs

In addition to participating in our interdisciplinary school-wide degree programs, the department also offers research intensive MS and PhD programs. Related degrees include:

To learn about application requirements, please see our Admissions section.