Fairbanks School of Public Health
Please note: This program will no longer be available for enrollment to new students beginning with the summer 2023 term.
Epidemiology is the study of diseases—where they come from, how they work, how they spread, what to do about them, and how to prevent them. Epidemiologists work to understand not just the science behind diseases but also the social and behavioral components as well so that we can proactively address their root causes instead of just treating their symptoms or cleaning up after an outbreak.
Students completing the Bachelor of Science in epidemiology will gain a solid foundation in the core areas of public health and science as well as 45 credit hours of epidemiology courses. The program also offers a specialized track for students preparing to enter professional programs such as medicine, dentistry, optometry, or physician assistant. If students are interested in pursuing an accelerated path to a master's degree in public health, they can contact an advisor in the Fairbanks School of Public Health.