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
In the largest study to date on phthalates and postmenopausal breast cancer, associate professor of epidemiology Katherine Reeves found no association between breast cancer risk and exposure to the plasticizing and solvent chemicals used in such common products as shampoo, makeup, vinyl flooring, toys, medical devices and car interiors.
Lisa Chasan-Taber, chair of biostatistics and epidemiology, has received a two-year, $431,000 grant from NIH’s National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to update, validate and refine the widely used Pregnancy Physical Activity Questionnaire.
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.