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
Alum Maegan Boutot '16 is among the 16 Fulbright awardees this year from UMass Amherst. She will conduct a public health project in Russia on dating culture and sexual health in university-aged Russian and foreign students.
Doctoral candidate Alexandra Purdue-Smithe is co-author of an article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finding caffeine is not associated with premenstrual syndrome. "To our knowledge, no other studies have addressed this question," she writes.