Epidemiology Concentrator’s Guide 2013-14

Basic Science for Public Health

The results of epidemiologic investigations have attracted much public attention. Epidemiologic studies were the basis of the 1964 Surgeon General’s report linking smoking and disease, determining the distribution and methods of transmission of AIDS, and establishing the relationship between high levels of cholesterol and heart disease. Epidemiologists from Boston University have taken part in this research. For example, they determined that drinking a glass of red wine each day may decrease the risk of heart disease.

In recent years, the field has expanded tremendously in size, scope and influence, and epidemiology is now being used to investigate a wide range of important public health topics on preventing disease and promoting health. During this period, important changes have also occurred in the theory and methods of epidemiologic research, including the development of new views on disease causation and new study designs. These changes, along with the availability of high-powered computer hardware and software, have enabled epidemiologists to explore new public health questions.

The Department of Epidemiology is dedicated to:

  • Teaching the principles and methods of epidemiologic study design and analysis.
  • Furthering knowledge of the distribution of and risk factors for disease in human populations through research.
  • Providing epidemiologic information that will advance public health and foster healthy communities.

EPI Communications

There are several ways to stay in touch with faculty and other students and to be informed about events and opportunities in the EPI concentration.

  • EPI Listserv: You should receive a message in the first week of the semester with upcoming events. If you do not, please contact the EPI Curriculum Coordinator, Emily Katz, to be added to the EPI listserv.
  • The EPI website

Please contact Emily Katz, your Curriculum Coordinator, with any questions.