Admission Guidelines

Applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and final admission will be determined by the Board of Directors. The following are guidelines for the different levels of membership in the American College of Epidemiology

I. Associate Membership is open to current students in any health sciences, public health or epidemiology program. This will include those at the bachelors, masters, doctoral and fellow level.

II. Membership will be considered for individuals who hold a doctoral degree, such as a PhD, DrPH, ScD, MPH or other master’s degree from an accredited program within a recognized program in one of the following areas:

1. In epidemiology;

2. In a field closely related to epidemiology or public health such as biostatistics, behavioral health, community health, health promotion, health administration, environmental health, occupational health, population health or similar that includes formal training in epidemiology.; 

3. In a field relevant to epidemiology, such as a medical degree (MD, DO, DDS, DMD, PharmD) with specific formal training in epidemiology of at least one year’s duration equivalent to a master of science degree (e.g., a principal investigator track in a master’s degree in clinical and translational research) ; or with at least two years of supervised and structured experience in the practice of epidemiology (e.g., a mentored research career development program with training goals in biostatistics and epidemiology) 

III. Membership will also be considered for those who hold:

1. Master's degree or Doctoral degree in epidemiology, and 3-5 years of professional employment as a practicing epidemiologist, or

2. A Master’s degree related to public health such as an MPH, or other master’s level degree, and professional employment for at least 5 years as a practicing epidemiologist, and authorship (or co-authorship) of 5-10 research reports, or government or peer-reviewed publications.

IV. Fellowship is open to:

1. Individuals who meet the criteria for membership and who are distinguished by their significant and sustained contributions to the profession of epidemiology through research and/or through their leadership role in the practice of epidemiology.

Examples of significant and sustained contributions include practice of epidemiology for a minimum of 10 years; a minimum of 25 publications including peer-reviewed articles and/or government reports on epidemiological issues; teaching in epidemiology or a field closely related to epidemiology; mentoring of students or other trainees in epidemiology; participation on a committee within the American College of Epidemiology.

Note: Epidemiology is defined by the World Health Organization as: the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states or events (including disease), and the application of this study to the control of diseases and other health problems. Various methods can be used to carry out epidemiological investigations: surveillance and descriptive studies can be used to study distribution; analytical studies are used to study determinants.