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.

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University of Massachusetts Epidemiology faculty Rachel Volberg

New findings released from a groundbreaking gambling study led by Research Professor of Epidemiology Rachel Volberg show that out-of-state casino gambling among Massachusetts residents decreased significantly after the Commonwealth’s first slot parlor, Plainridge Park Casino, opened in Plainville in the summer of 2015.

UMass Amherst Assistant Professor of Epidemiology Youssef Oulhote

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology Youssef Oulhote is the corresponding author of a new study examining the presence of PFAS compounds in new mothers and their babies. Researchers found that women with gestational diabetes had a “significantly higher” rate of transferring the synthetic chemicals to their fetus.

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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.