Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology

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Widespread Rewards in a High-Stakes Field

Epidemiology careers are centered on health outcomes and health extremes.

Our scientists conduct and present primary research, synthesize and disseminate research results, and translate those results into optimal clinical practice—with the goal of improving quality of life.

There Is An Immense, Ongoing Need for Expertise

Make yourself stand out. A Kent State Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology degree demonstrates your commitment to the finest clinical and patient-oriented healthcare research. Through your studies, you’ll have access to Kent State’s impressive public health network, and you’ll build the cutting-edge, applied clinical skills to contain future health crises.

MS in Clinical Epidemiology Outcomes by the Numbers

Because master’s degree holders earn, on average, nearly 20 percent more in salary than those with bachelor’s degrees alone2, a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology degree could help you reach salary outcomes at or near the upper end of these ranges.


Post-graduation salary range for Epidemiologists3


Post-graduation median salary for Research Scientists4


Post-graduation median salary for Clinical Trial Managers5


Post-graduation median salary for Senior Biostatisticians6


Post-graduation salary range for Senior Data Scientists7

Epidemiology Career Spotlight: Two Possibilities Among Many

Epidemiologists investigate patterns and causes of human disease and injury. In this vital discipline, you could build a thriving career with medical institutions, universities, pharmaceutical companies, government agencies or non-profit advocacy organizations. Consider potential dynamic epidemiology careers, and envision where your degree can take you.

Early Detection and Prevention of Cancer

The Clinical Epidemiology Unit (CEU) of a national institute8 conducts etiologic research with potential clinical and public health applications, and leads studies evaluating population-based early detection and cancer prevention strategies.

The CEU focuses strongly on studies of absolute cancer risk, ranging from discovery of risk markers to assay development and evaluation, with the goal of guiding promising markers into clinical and public health use. Risk markers may include genetics, epidemiologic factors, molecular biomarkers, imaging, or any routine clinical test. The risk estimates ultimately inform the development of risk-based guidelines. CEU investigators are actively involved in developing screening and management guidelines for gynecological cancers.

Allergic and Rheumatologic Diseases

The Clinical Epidemiology Program at a leading hospital9 conducts research related to allergic and rheumatologic diseases, using clinical research methods that include advanced informatics, clinical epidemiology, primary data collection, and simulation science.

The Program is part of a larger institute dedicated to achieving health equity and improving the lives of people with complex health needs through research and training in population and healthcare-delivery team science.

The team comprises faculty members, trainees, research assistants and data analysts. Their multidisciplinary collaborations have led to scientific advancements and created high-impact, highly cited publications in the Journal of the American Medical Association, The BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) and others.

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Featured Articles

April 20, 2021
While it may be easy to draw quick, often fearful mental connections between hemp, marijuana and harder drugs, there are far gentler realities at work. Despite its long history of diverse uses around the world, hemp has been getting a bad rap.
March 04, 2021
As COVID-19 numbers continue to increase, we can find encouragement by looking at some of the pandemics that preceded this one. Their numbers were staggering and the human responses to them not always productive, but there is hope in the repeated triumph of innovation and science over disease. As...
November 10, 2020
Often called ‘disease detectives,’ epidemiologists search for the causes of disease and injury. They identify people who are at risk, and determine how to control or stop the spread of disease and prevent recurrence of illness and injury.1 Through research, community education and health polic..
November 03, 2020
It’s late in 2020, and the world needs good news regarding the study of disease. Fortunately, there’s plenty of it—in relation to COVID-19, cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, and an array of other threats to health and longevity.
October 22, 2020
Some call it a science and some say it’s more like journalism. Its practitioners have backgrounds in diverse areas. They work in offices and labs, on college campuses, in community health centers and all over the world. It’s a term we encounter a lot in the news lately, but exactly what is epidemiology?
October 19, 2020
You have many compelling reasons to become an epidemiologist—a public health professional who investigates patterns and causes of disease and injury in humans1 and, as such, helps the world heal. Employment in this field is projected to grow five percent (faster than the average for all occupations) by 2029, so the job prospects are good.
October 16, 2020
In less than a second, a Google search of the phrase ‘master’s in public health salary’ yields 220 million results. The field holds great variety and career potential. You’ll find researchers and other public health professionals in universities and colleges, government agencies, city and state health departments, nonprofit groups and private for-profit companies.
October 07, 2020
Although they don’t receive as much attention as rising healthcare premiums or drug breakthroughs tend to, public health concerns that affect communities at large are among the biggest challenges on the nation’s healthcare landscape.
October 07, 2020
We talk a lot today about public health policy issues on a global stage. The term ‘global health’ first appeared in scientific literature in the 1940s,1 and was used as a foundation for the creation of the World Health Organization in 1948.
October 01, 2020
Public health is one of the most diverse fields in healthcare practice, and the public health industry is expanding and changing at a rapid rate.1 To break into this competitive field, strong qualifications, such as a Master of Public Health (MPH), are essential, and a winning public health personal statement is a critical component of a successful MPH application.
September 25, 2020
In less than a second, a Google search of the phrase ‘master’s in public health salary’ yields 220 million results. The field holds great variety and career potential. You’ll find researchers and other public health professionals in universities and colleges, government agencies, city and state health departments, nonprofit groups and private for-profit companies.
September 17, 2020
Public health is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as “the science of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities.”1 Though COVID-19 is a crisis currently enveloping the globe, there are other public health issues that professionals around the world continue to address, research and raise awareness for

Admissions and Application Deadlines

Priority Application Deadline
Fall 2021 Semester
Final Application Deadline
Fall 2021 Semester
First Day of Class
Fall 2021 Semester

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2. Retrieved on August 20, 2020 from bls.gov/careeroutlook/2020/data-on-display/education-pays.htm
3. Retrieved on August 20, 2020 from payscale.com/research/US/Job=Epidemiologist/Salary
4. Retrieved on August 20, 2020 from payscale.com/research/US/Job=Research_Scientist/Salary
5. Retrieved on August 20, 2020 from payscale.com/research/US/Job=Clinical_Trial_Manager/Salary
6. Retrieved on August 20, 2020 from payscale.com/research/US/Job=Senior_Biostatistician/Salary
7. Retrieved on August 20, 2020 from payscale.com/research/US/Job=Senior_Data_Scientist/Salary
8. Retrieved on August 20, 2020 from dceg.cancer.gov/about/organization/programs-hgp/cgb/clinical-epi-unit
9. Retrieved on August 20, 2020 from massgeneral.org/medicine/rai/clinical-epidemiology

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