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:
- Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)
- Master of Science (M.S.)
- Accelerated Master's Degree Program
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
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
The Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) research team led by Rachel Volberg, Research Associate Professor of Epidemiology, has released a report on the first major adult cohort study of gambling conducted in the United States. By surveying the same individuals over time, cohort studies provide information on how gambling and problem gambling develops, progresses, and remits.
A new study from Epidemiology alumna Kathleen Szegda PhD '14 and Professor of Epidemiology Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson reports, based on a study of nearly 80,000 women, that underweight women and those who were underweight as teenagers or in their mid-30s are at greater risk of early menopause compared to lean or normal weight women.