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About the Program

The Doctoral Program in Epidemiology aims to prepare students for careers conducting independent community and population research focusing on disease causation and prevention. Graduates will join epidemiologists who are increasingly called to contribute their expertise and insights to multidisciplinary investigations that span laboratory, clinical, and public health research.

The program builds closely mentored relationships between students and faculty, and the collaborative atmosphere at the Medical Center offers the opportunity for students to work with researchers in various fields.

The epidemiology faculty's research interests include cancer, nutrition, psychiatry, cardiology, infectious diseases, maternal and child health, and health disparities in racial and ethnic groups and the elderly. They are part of the diverse faculty of the Department of Public Health Sciences, which represents such disciplines as biostatistics, epidemiology, health policy, economics, psychology, and sociology. The department has an active and well-funded research program with many opportunities for student participation in federally-funded projects related to community, national and international health. A pre-doctoral fellowship is available for students with an interest in cardiovascular epidemiology.

Candidates who are particularly suited to the program are health professionals, those already having masters level degrees in epidemiology or public health, and individuals with degrees in related fields such as the natural sciences, sociology, psychology, social work, or demography. Those with an undergraduate degree in one of these fields are also welcomed to apply.

For additional information, interested candidates should contact:

Edwin van Wijngaarden, Ph.D., Division Chief
University of Rochester Medical Center
Department of Public Health Sciences
Division of Epidemiology
265 Crittenden Blvd., CU 420644
Rochester, NY 14642
Phone: (585) 275-1985
Fax: (585) 461-4532
Office: SRB, Room 3.313