To begin a career in epidemiology and public health, you will often need both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree, which typically takes at least six years of education. Admission to the master’s program usually also requires a strong score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
The Health and Epidemiology Advanced Learning (HEAL) program allows you to skip the GRE exam before entering into your fifth year as a master’s candidate. When accepted to the HEAL program as an undergraduate, you’re also given conditional admission to the MS program in epidemiology offered through the Department of Public Health Sciences in the School of Medicine and Dentistry (part of Rochester’s campus). The program also provides you with advising by renowned faculty mentors, extensive research and professional development opportunities, and access to premier research facilities as both an undergraduate and graduate student. Additionally, HEAL students receive a 40% tuition scholarship during their full-time graduate work.
As an undergraduate, you are expected to major in one of the following:
As a graduate student, you will complete your Master of Science in Epidemiology.
Public Health Sciences (PHS)
The Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Rochester Medical Center is a dynamic group dedicated to the improvement of health and health care among diverse populations through research, learning, and community partnerships. The Master of Science in Epidemiology is uniquely positioned to provide the methodologies and skills needed to carry out research and public health programs to identify correlates of disease that may be targets of primary prevention, to evaluate the consequences of changes in health care delivery on populations, and to accommodate the growing need to integrate and analyze large-scale information. The program is focused on epidemiologic and biostatistical methods and is designed to provide students with the tools and skills needed to address future public health and information challenges.