Welcome to Epidemiology in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences. The Epidemiology faculty, as part of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, prepare students to unravel complex health issues by the study of the distribution of the spread of disease, social factors and other risk factors. Through the design and conduct of research studies, epidemiologists extend basic knowledge of disease processes leading to prevention strategies, and aid in the development and evaluation of such prevention strategies. The discipline makes heavy use of biostatistics, along with the core areas of public health with related health science disciplines. The faculty fosters a unique environment in which practical involvement in transdisciplinary research collaborations enhance learning and provide a dynamic, rewarding environment. The faculty work closely with the Biostatistics faculty, and are involved in multiple avenues of research, including community based research, women’s health issues, physical activity, nutrition, and biomarkers. Outstanding opportunities await you. Come join us.
in the spotlight
A dozen UMass Amherst research assistants (RAs) are doing key work this academic year on the Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) study. The RAs are collaborating with SEIGMA team members analyzing data for the upcoming release of their baseline survey results.
A team led by Research Associate Professor of Epidemiology Rachel Volberg recently won a more than $900,000 per year grant from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to conduct a first-of-its-kind, multi-year cohort study examining the causes of problem gambling.