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What is epidemiology?

The study of epidemiology investigates how diseases and health-related conditions are distributed and why they occur within populations. Its primary goal is to understand patterns of disease occurrence, which health researchers can then use to identify factors contributing to disease development. Epidemiologists collect and analyze data from various sources, including medical records, surveys, and laboratory tests, to identify trends and risk factors associated with diseases.

By studying the distribution and factors influencing diseases, epidemiologists can provide valuable insights into prevention and control. They play a vital role in identifying outbreaks, understanding the impact of risk factors (such as genetics, environment, behavior, and socioeconomics), and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions and healthcare policies.

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Epidemiology course curriculum

Online courses in epidemiology can cover subjects such as the origins, spread, and control of epidemics. In online classes, you may have the chance to study specific pandemic outbreaks and reflect on the lessons learned. More advanced classes may focus on specialized topics such as:

  • Epidemiological models: Use mathematical models to simulate disease spread, predict outbreaks, and assess the impact of interventions.

  • Epidemiological surveillance: Learn how to monitor and report diseases and health events.

  • Global health epidemiology: Study disease patterns and health disparities on a global scale.

  • Environmental epidemiology: Examine the relationship between environmental exposures, such as pollution, and health outcomes.

  • Social epidemiology: Investigate how social factors, such as poverty, education, or social networks, influence health and disease.

Start building the knowledge you need to work in the field of epidemiology. edX offers a variety of learning opportunities on different subjects ranging from health to business. From accelerated boot camps to comprehensive programs that allow you to earn a bachelor’s degree or (for more advanced learners) a master’s program, you can find the learning path that suits your needs. Busy professionals can even take advantage of executive education courses. Find the right course for you.

Explore epidemiology jobs

Studying epidemiology can open up career opportunities in various health sectors. Some of these roles and responsibilities include: 

  • Epidemiologist: Studies disease patterns, investigates outbreaks, and develops strategies for disease prevention and control.

  • Infectious disease specialist: Focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases.

  • Global health specialist: Works on global health initiatives, such as disease surveillance, humanitarian aid, and public health programs.

  • Health policy analyst: Works with government agencies and advocacy groups to shape healthcare policies and programs based on epidemiological research.

  • Clinical researcher: Works on clinical trials and research studies to evaluate the safety and efficacy of new treatments and interventions.

  • Health educator: Develops and implements programs to educate people about health issues.

Grow your expertise in this subject and contribute to the protection of communities across the globe. Enroll in an epidemiology course today with edX.