Master’s in Epidemiology

Epidemiology is central to solving 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. Through research, epidemiologists are able to inform the policy decisions and evidenced-based practice that influence the lives of many. 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.

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The Georgetown Advantage

All Georgetown programs benefit from the university’s commitment to social justice. As a student in the epidemiology program, you’ll develop an understanding of the principles of social justice and health equity, taught through scientifically grounded training in theory, policy and research in epidemiology.

The M.S. in Epidemiology offers:

  • Intimate classes with world-class faculty
  • Coursework that is tailored to your individual learning and research interests
  • Proximity to domestic and international healthcare organizations in Washington, DC

Deepen Your Impact

The epidemiology program (new window) addresses health disparities as a crosscutting theme at the local, national, and global levels through didactic training, practicums, and applied ‘hands-on’ research leading to the written thesis. All students take a sequence of core courses in epidemiology, health disparities research, and introduction to the concentrations. Then the students choose one of the three areas of concentrations offered for their electives and thesis focus.

Learn from Leaders

Dr. Lucile Adams-Campbell

Program Director, M.S. in Epidemiology

Dr. Adams-Campbell is the program director for the M.S. in Epidemiology program, as well as professor of oncology, associate director for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and senior associate dean for community outreach and engagement at Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and Georgetown University Medical Center.

Dr. Adams-Campbell is a public health pioneer, as the first African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in Epidemiology in the United States. ​​She specializes in community health research, interventions, and outreach. She played a leading role in bringing the Boston University Black Women’s Health Study – the largest study of African-American women – to the District of Columbia.

Dr. Chiranjeev Dash

Assistant Director of Health Disparities Research
Associate Professor

Dr. Dash teaches Epidemiology II. He is also a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program and researches cancer epidemiology and prevention intervention studies among minorities and medically underserved populations. He holds a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from Emory University, an MBBS from All India Institute of Medical Sciences and an MPH in Public Health and Epidemiology from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Dr. Suzanne O’Neill

Associate Professor

Dr. O’Neil teaches Intro to Social & Behavioral Health & Disparities. Her research involves three complementary areas in cancer prevention and control, and has been funded by the National Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society, among other institutional grants. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Delaware.

Dr. Traci Bethea

Assistant Professor

Dr. Bethea teaches Research Ethics & Professional Development. Her research focuses on health disparities affecting Black women with a particular focus on breast cancer subtypes and risk factors for ovarian cancer, and for sleep disturbances. She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Health from Boston University as well as an MPA from Columbia University.

Career Outlook

Where some of our recent graduates are now:

Program Analyst

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General

Predoctoral fellow in Epidemiology

University of Pittsburgh

Program Manager

Center for Global Health Practice and Impact, Georgetown University

Data Scientist/Analytics Specialist

Accenture Federal Services



Preventive Medicine Resident Doctor

Saudi Board for Preventive Medicine

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