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Public Health Disciplines: Epidemiology
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Epidemiologists monitor the occurrence of disease and other health-related characteristics in human populations. They work with other public health professionals and the community to apply epidemiological findings to the control of disease and in planning, priority setting, policy development, evaluation of interventions and assessment of community concerns.

Qualified epidemiologists require a graduate degree in epidemiology and biostatistics. In Ontario, degree programs in epidemiology and biostatistics are available from the University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario, University of Ottawa, McMaster University, University of Guelph, and Queen's University. These programs provide the practitioner with a background in statistics, epidemiology, research theory and practice, survey design theory and practice, demography, and often program and policy evaluation.

McMaster University
Faculty of Health Sciences, Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Queen's University
Department of Community Health & Epidemiology

University of Guelph
Population Medicine

University of Ottawa
Epidemiology & Community Medicine

University of Toronto
Department of Public Health Sciences

University of Western Ontario
Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics

This information was provided by the Association of Public Health Epidemiologists in Ontario (APHEO). To the best of our knowledge, it is current as of February 2004. For more information about public health epidemiology, please contact APHEO.

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