The foundation of public health

The world needs answers.

How are health and disease affected by personal characteristics? Behavior? Geography? Time? These are the central questions of epidemiology, the foundation of public health. As epidemiologists, our answers form the basis for developing policies and interventions to protect and improve the health of populations.

The field of epidemiology has grown dramatically in scope and importance in recent decades. With increasing concerns about emerging infections, environmental hazards, and global health disparities, epidemiologists are playing key roles in an expanding range of public health issues. Our faculty members are experts in epidemiologic methods, chronic and infectious diseases epidemiology, and pharmacoepidemiology. We measure how social, behavioral, medical, infectious, and genetic factors relate to a wide range of reproductive, perinatal, and pediatric outcomes, as well as conditions that accompany the aging process. We evaluate the interplay among environmental and societal conditions, psychosocial factors, and disease. And we quantify the risks and benefits of medications and other treatments.

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MS in Epidemiology PhD in Epidemiology


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  • Published On 12/15/2016Snus use, smoking and survival among prostate cancer patients.International journal of cancerread at PubMed
  • Published On 11/1/2016Brief Report: Cesarean Delivery and Subsequent Fecundability.Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass.)read at PubMed
  • Published On 10/23/2016Life expectancy trends in adults on antiretroviral treatment in South Africa.AIDS (London, England)read at PubMed
  • Published On 10/16/2016Performance of Ultrasound in the Diagnosis of Gout in a Multi-Center Study: Comparison with Monosodium Urate Crystal Analysis as the Gold Standard.Arthritis & rheumatology (Hoboken, N.J.)read at PubMed
  • Published On 10/15/2016Body Mass Index, Waist Circumference, Diabetes, and Risk of Liver Cancer for U.S. Adults.Cancer researchread at PubMed
  • Published On 10/14/2016Impact of Competing Risk of Mortality on Association of Weight Loss with Risk of Central Body Fractures in Older Men: A Prospective Cohort Study.Journal of bone and mineral research : the official journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Researchread at PubMed
  • Published On 10/12/2016Three-dimensional kinematic and kinetic analysis of knee rotational stability in ACL-deficient patients during walking, running and pivoting.Journal of experimental orthopaedicsread at PubMed
  • Published On 10/12/2016Evaluation of a Prediction Model for the Development of Atrial Fibrillation in a Repository of Electronic Medical Records.JAMA cardiologyread at PubMed
  • Published On 10/12/2016Development of the Teen Oral Health-Related Quality of Life Instrument.Journal of public health dentistryread at PubMed
  • Published On 10/11/2016Respiratory distress syndrome in moderately late and late preterm infants and risk of cerebral palsy: a population-based cohort study.BMJ openread at PubMed