Epidemiology PhD Program

Message from the Director

David Rich

Since 2002, the PhD in Epidemiology program in the Department of Public Health Sciences has trained innovative and productive epidemiologists in the study of the distribution and determinants of disease in human populations, both locally and nationally/internationally. Set within a large medical center with all its clinical research resources and collaborative faculty, our doctoral program prepares students for academic careers focused on research and education in the public health and medical fields, as well as careers in private industry, government, and non-profit agencies. Our students come from around the world, and while in Rochester, live, learn, and grow in an academic environment that nurtures individuality, scientific inquiry, intellectual discussion, and personal development.

Our productive and collaborative faculty have specific research interests in environmental, cardiovascular, maternal and child health, HIV and infectious disease, aging, nutritional, and injury epidemiology. Faculty mentor students in these specific areas, but students are also encouraged to develop research projects of their own interests, working with faculty from around the medical center and university. Current and past students have trained and conducted research with research faculty and clinicians from the Wilmot Cancer Center, Environmental Health Sciences Center, Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute, and numerous individual clinical departments at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Our students regularly present posters and podium presentations at major conferences and publish in peer-reviewed journals. Our alumni have gone on to positions in academia, in federal and state government, and in the private sector. I welcome you to contact me for more information about our doctoral program in Epidemiology and the University of Rochester, and to discuss how we can help you reach your career and educational goals.

David Rich, Sc.D., M.P.H.