What is Epidemiology? Epidemiology is the study of how often diseases occur in different groups of people and why. Epidemiological information is used to plan and evaluate strategies to prevent illness and as a guide to the management of patients in whom disease has already developed. Like the clinical findings and pathology, the epidemiology of a disease is an integral part of its basic description. The subject has its special techniques of data collection and interpretation, and its necessary technical terms.
The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Occupational Health, an integral part of McGill's Faculty of Medicine, is based in Purvis Hall, one of several old mansions in the historic "Golden Square Mile" of Montreal now part of the McGill campus.
The graduate programs in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health encompass three broadly defined disciplines. The different prerequisites and training requirements in these three disciplines are described in the specific web pages.
The programs leading to a Master’s degree are designed to provide training in both theory and practice in the selected discipline, with an opportunity to synthesize the training in the form of either a thesis or a project. The department, unfortunately, cannot guarantee funding for Master’s students.