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

University of Massachusetts Epidemiology faculty Katherine Reeves

Associate Professor of Epidemiology Katherine Reeves is the lead author of a paper recently published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention. Titled “Depression, Antidepressant Use, and Breast Cancer Risk in Pre- and Postmenopausal Women: A Prospective Cohort Study,” the article presents findings of the largest prospective study to date to examine whether depression or antidepressant use can be linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.

UMass Amherst Associate Professor of Epidemiology Brian Whitcomb

Results of a recent study to better understand modifiable factors such as physical activity that may affect a woman’s ability to conceive a child suggest that walking may help women to improve their chances of becoming pregnant.

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The Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and Health Sciences provides students with strong analytic and quantitative skills needed to conduct professional level public health research, disease surveillance, program evaluation, and public health practice.