Epidemiology is at the very core of solutions to the world’s health challenges, creating an urgent need for epidemiologists across health and human service industries. Disease and illness are not random occurrences; epidemiologists seek to uncover why and how some people contract diseases, while others do not. It is this research that guides epidemiologists to inform policy decisions and evidenced-based practice.
Georgetown University is proud to offer an interdisciplinary Master of Science in Epidemiology with a crosscutting theme of health disparities, motivated by the University’s commitment to social justice and community engagement.
We understand health disparities to be inequity in treatment of services that includes race, gender, physical and mental disabilities, sexuality, occupation, location, geography, age and education.
As the first African-American woman to receive a PhD in epidemiology, our program director, Dr. Lucile Adams-Campbell, has devoted her career on this mission. “The whole idea that research never focused on minority populations or minority issues, although those populations tend to have the worst prognosis and outcome, was always an enigma to me. We know that the understudied group will become the biggest burden in our social system, and we therefore must include all classifications of people in our research studies in order to understand a disease.”