Careers in Epidemiology

Position yourself as a leader in healthcare with an interdisciplinary training in epidemiology. Graduates of Georgetown’s M.S. degree program will have varied career options such as a project director/coordinator or statistician/data analyst in a wide array of research settings, such as academia, public health practice, health care, and industry.

Pursuing a Master’s degree in Epidemiology can be a great stepping stone for advancing in your career, or pursuing a doctoral degree. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for epidemiologists is growing much faster than average and is projected to increase of 30% between 2021 and 2031 for masters-trained epidemiologists.


Epidemiologists work at universities with responsibilities that include assisting senior scientists in designing and implementing research studies to answer important questions about risk factors and outcomes.

Public Health Practice

Epidemiologists assist in data collection of risk factors and health outcomes across multiple types of study designs and perform data analyses, which would inform the design of intervention strategies to mitigate these health problems. These careers are often in government such as the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and Departments of Public Health.


Epidemiologists work in healthcare settings and medical centers. The responsibilities involve tracking medical treatments and outcomes as well as designing interventions and reporting outcomes.


Epidemiologists with strong methodological and analytical skills are often sought in industry to assist with reporting of clinical trials enrollment, adverse event monitoring during product development and post marketing, dissemination of study results.