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Study epidemiology abroad

An in-depth guide to studying epidemiology as an international student.

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Epidemiology degrees abroad

Epidemiology is the scientific study of the causes and effects of disease in populations. Epidemiologists are responsible for tracking the frequency and distribution of disease on local, national, and international scales.

By studying epidemiology, you’ll learn how to monitor, analyze, and interpret surges in public health issues. As well as looking closely at how to control and eliminate contagious diseases, you’ll examine the patterns of other chronic illnesses, like heart disease, substance misuse, and diabetes.

Outbreaks of disease are often very geographically and culturally specific. Studying abroad allows you to investigate new samples of the global population and consider how the lifestyles and genetics of different demographic groups can affect the spread of illness.

Epidemiology program structure

Degrees in epidemiology usually only begin at the graduate level, but a handful of institutions do offer bachelor’s programs in the subject. These are studied on a full-time basis over three or four years.

It’s much more common for students to gain a bachelor’s degree in a related field - like biology, health science, medicine, or statistics - before pursuing a one or two-year master’s program in epidemiology. An MSc is normally the minimum educational requirement needed to become an epidemiologist.

If you plan on working as a researcher or teaching in post-secondary education, you’ll need to earn a PhD. Doctoral programs can last anywhere between three and seven years, and you’ll be challenged to carry out your own, original research.

Most epidemiology programs combine lectures, tutorials, and seminars with practical workshops, and laboratories. Assessment methods will be determined by the modules you take, but written examinations, assignments, online tests, research projects, and presentations are common.

Each university’s program includes a different mixture of elective and core modules. However, most degrees are designed to introduce students to these fundamental topics:

  • Epidemiology in practice
  • Clinical trials
  • Infectious disease modeling
  • Molecular and genetic epidemiology
  • Biostatistics and data analysis
  • Applied computer programming
  • Public health
  • Environmental health
Epidemiology program structure

Degrees in epidemiology usually only begin at the graduate level, but a handful of institutions do offer bachelor’s programs in the subject. These are studied on a full-time basis over three or four years.

It’s much more common for students to gain a bachelor’s degree in a related field - like biology, health science, medicine, or statistics - before pursuing a one or two-year master’s program in epidemiology. An MSc is normally the minimum educational requirement needed to become an epidemiologist.

If you plan on working as a researcher or teaching in post-secondary education, you’ll need to earn a PhD. Doctoral programs can last anywhere between three and seven years, and you’ll be challenged to carry out your own, original research.

Most epidemiology programs combine lectures, tutorials, and seminars with practical workshops, and laboratories. Assessment methods will be determined by the modules you take, but written examinations, assignments, online tests, research projects, and presentations are common.

Each university’s program includes a different mixture of elective and core modules. However, most degrees are designed to introduce students to these fundamental topics:

  • Epidemiology in practice
  • Clinical trials
  • Infectious disease modeling
  • Molecular and genetic epidemiology
  • Biostatistics and data analysis
  • Applied computer programming
  • Public health
  • Environmental health

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Epidemiology study abroad programs

Epidemiology undergraduate programs

Epidemiology graduate programs

Master's in epidemiology

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    Community Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology - MClinEp University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,653 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,070 AUD

    Start date
    September, July, February
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    Epidemiology - MSc American University of Beirut, Lebanon

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,594 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,594 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Epidemiology and Biomedical Data Science - MSc University of Oulu, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,899 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Health Sciences (Epidemiology) - MHSc Lakehead University, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,816 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,406 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Public Health (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) - MPH University of Southern Mississippi, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,770 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,770 USD

    Start date
    August, January
    Show program overview about Public Health (Epidemiology and Biostatistics)
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Doctorate in epidemiology

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    Gerontology - Epidemiology of Aging - PhD University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,899 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,899 USD

    Start date
    August
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    Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics - PhD Florida A&M University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,669 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,669 USD

    Start date
    August, January
    Show program overview about Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
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Diploma in epidemiology

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    Clinical Residency: Epidemiology - PGDip Astrakhan State Medical University, Russia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    3,700 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 3,700 USD

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in epidemiology

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    Clinical Epidemiology - PGCert University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,657 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,625 AUD

    Start date
    September, July, February
    Show program overview about Clinical Epidemiology
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Future epidemiology careers

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, and with cases of heart disease, diabetes, and dementia on the rise, the global need for epidemiology graduates has never been greater.

Your statistical, logical, and analytical skills will be highly sought after across public and private health organizations, research laboratories, universities, government agencies, and pharmaceutical companies.

Here are some of the career paths open to you:

  • Academic research epidemiologist
  • Infection control epidemiologist
  • Study coordinator
  • Public policy specialist
  • Statistician
  • Community health educator
  • Veterinary epidemiologist
  • Pharmaceutical epidemiologist

Gathering some work experience in clinical environments, research settings, or pharmaceutical businesses will make your resume stand out. Most universities have a careers office that can help you find and apply for these valuable opportunities.