Welcome to the UMass Amherst program in Epidemiology. We are currently a dynamic and growing group of faculty all actively engaged in cutting-edge methodological and collaborative epidemiological research with a strong focus on women’s health, cancer biomarkers, nutrition, diabetes, and reproductive health. Much of our current funding is through grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) including the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Epidemiology faculty members collaborate extensively with colleagues in the School’s Health Science departments (Nutrition, Kinesiology and Communication Disorders), other departments on campus, and with investigators from the University’s Medical School, the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute, and Baystate Medical Center.
We strive for an intellectually stimulating and engaging learning environment. Our students gain the tools to: 1) apply state of the art epidemiological techniques to collaborative research in the areas of public health and translational medicine; 2) unravel complex health issues by the study of the distribution of the spread of disease, social factors and other risk factors; 3) design and conduct research studies, extending basic knowledge of disease processes and leading to the development and evaluation of prevention strategies. To this end, we offer 3 graduate degree programs: the Ph.D., Master of Science (M.S.) and the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.). Epidemiology is an area that the U.S. Public Health Service has declared to be in need of more professionals. Our graduates obtain jobs in city, state and federal health agencies, medical schools, hospitals, consulting firms, universities, private research groups, and industry. Applicants generally have backgrounds in the natural, social or behavioral sciences. Please contact Diane Wolf with any questions about the application process and financial aid.
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Brian Whitcomb, Ph.D.