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Epidemiology

Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states or events (including disease), and the application of this study to the control of diseases and other health problems. Ultimately, our graduates will contribute to improving public health, promoting individual well-being, and eliminating health disparities across Indiana and around the world.  Epidemiology is the health discipline, which studies patterns and etiology of health and illness among populations and communities.  The findings from epidemiological research are used to prevent illness and injury, to protect the public's health, and to monitor health care.  Application of epidemiologic knowledge today is towards the identification of the risk factors for cancer, heart disease and other chronic diseases, changes in the prevalence and risk of infectious diseases, reduction in the risk of intentional and unintentional injury, and reduction and eradication of local, regional, national, and global health disparities.

Our department has a strong track record of research. Currently we have several NIH grants on cancer and metabolic diseases. We conduct a wide range of investigations from molecular and genetic markers, plasma biomarkers, lifestyle factors to health informatics. In addition to investigator-initiated research projects, we are committed to multidisciplinary collaborative research toward assessing the distribution and determinants of human illness with the aim of establishing reasoned preventive and control measures. We are keen to form collaboration with multiple units on IUPUI campus, IU, and beyond. Our faculty members have areas of expertise listed below:

Cancer Epidemiology and Cancer Prevention
Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology
Metabolic Disease Epidemiology
Clinical Epidemiology
Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Injury Epidemiology
Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology
Nutritional Epidemiology
Pharmacoepidemiology

Our academic programs have a distinguished reputation, both nationally and internationally. Our campus and community partnerships with epidemiologists, public health professionals, and other health and medical professionals provide students with a rich environment for collaborative research and hands-on learning. In addition, the School has developed many relationships with government agencies engaged in public health as well as a comprehensive array of local, state, and national organizations with the goal of improving health. Our academic programs in epidemiology are developing a distinguished national and international reputation.

Students working with epidemiology faculty receive practical, hands-on training, develop in-depth expertise, and gain considerable real-world epidemiological experience. The faculty have strong relationships with a network of professional epidemiologists at the local, state and national level who assist with mentoring students and collaborate on research projects. Our geographical location enables students to complete internships in a wide range of local public, private and not-for-profit work environments. Interested students have the opportunity to serve as funded research assistants on faculty projects. These opportunities enable students to expand their research skills under the mentorship of expert epidemiologists.

Our graduates often work in state or local public health agencies and government agencies as epidemiologists and often assume positions as analysts and project managers.  Other epidemiology graduates work in comprehensive cancer centers and other health care systems, while others go into not-for-profit organizations and academic research centers, as research analysts, project coordinators, clinical research staff, and program evaluators.  In addition, private sector industry hires our graduates in positions such as research analysts, research staff, and project managers.

Graduates from our programs have diverse and exciting careers, ranging from roles as epidemiologists in a variety of local, state, and national public agencies, researchers at major health care centers, faculty members in academic institutions and universities, to leadership positions in non-governmental agencies, to management roles in a wide variety of academic, research and private sector settings.