The Department of Public Health Sciences serves as the focus for research activities relevant to population health at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Usually, these have included behavioral sciences, epidemiology, and health services research. However, in conjunction with these core disciplines, a wide range of the social sciences are represented in faculty research interests, including economics, history, policy, law, ethics, nutrition, sociology, and anthropology.
This fosters the department’s role as linkage to the undergraduate campus in many of these disciplines.
Multidisciplinary research is encouraged in the department and several cross-cutting forms of research have developed. Three areas illustrative of such research activity are geriatrics/gerontology, maternal and child health, and preventive cardiology. Each of these encompass investigators in behavior sciences, health service and policy, and epidemiology, to comprehensively address major research questions.