Gain Career Mobility in a Flexible Online Program

Kent State's flexible, 100% online Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology prepares you for key roles in clinical trials and research to improve patient and public health outcomes. The majority of epidemiologists work for state and local government agencies or in hospitals, and you can also work in these settings:

  • Scientific research and development services
  • Non-profit advocacy organizations
  • Federal government agencies
  • Universities and professional schools

Protect Public Health, Improve Your Career Outlook

Hone your research and analysis skills to satisfy your desire to serve your community and build a well-paid, satisfying career in this specialized field.

Epidemiology Jobs Overview

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MS in Clinical Epidemiology Outcomes by the Numbers

A master’s degree opens the door to many roles in epidemiology. Kent State's online MS program offers you opportunities to work on cutting-edge faculty research projects and to customize your capstone experience. Both features help uniquely position you for success in a field with high demand for well-trained individuals.

Up to $102K
Post-graduation salary for Epidemiologists2
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Research Scientists3
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Clinical Trial Managers4
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Post-graduation median salary for Senior Data Scientists6

Epidemiology Career Spotlight: Two Possibilities Among Many

Trained epidemiologists make vital contributions to public health in a range of settings. Learn more about the career contributions you can make with an MS in Clinical Epidemiology below and in the Public Health Blog.

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Early Detection and Prevention of Cancer

The Clinical Epidemiology Unit (CEU) of a national institute7 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.

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Allergic and Rheumatologic Diseases

The Clinical Epidemiology Program at a leading hospital8 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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