Epidemiology

The Epidemiology concentration in the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences prepares students to unravel complex health issues by the study of the distribution of the spread of disease, social factors and other risk factors. Epidemiology offers a wide range of academic programs including:

Our faculty fosters a unique environment in which practical involvement in transdisciplinary research collaborations enhance learning, and are involved in multiple avenues of research, including community-based research, women’s health issues, physical activity, nutrition, and biomarkers.

In the Spotlight

Associate Professor of Epidemiology Susan Sturgeon and breast cancer researcher Kathleen Arcaro, veterinary and animal sciences, will team up on a one-year pilot study of bisphenol A (BPA), phthalate and related compound levels and effects on breast density around the time when a woman is breast-feeding her first child. The study is funded by a $300,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health.

University of Massachusetts Epidemiology faculty Rachel Volberg

Researchers led by Epidemiology's Rachel Volberg report that lottery sales have not decreased statewide, or near the Plainridge Park Casino, during the first year after it opened in June 2015. The research is part of the Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts study, examining the effects of expanded casino gambling in the state.