The program in Chronic Disease Epidemiology emphasizes the acquisition of skills in epidemiologic and biostatistical methods that can be applied to a variety of problems covering both descriptive and analytic epidemiology.
Much of clinical and translational research today depends on knowledge of epidemiology and biostatistics including study design, population sampling, identifying and reducing sources of bias, advanced biostatistical methods (regression analyses, survival analyses, risk prediction/prognostication) along with other methods widely used in clinical research (systematic literature reviews, meta-analyses, clinical trials, genetic epidemiology). The MS program provides intensive training in epidemiology and research methods for scientists and health care professionals who seek to conduct epidemiology/clinical epidemiology research.
The department is perhaps best known for its doctoral programs in the epidemiology of cancer, aging, lifecourse epidemiology (including perinatal and pediatric epidemiology), genomics, HIV/AIDS and social determinants of health. However, students in the department often work on projects with other departments within YSPH, other departments in the School of Medicine, and other schools within the University. Thus there are numerous opportunities for creating an experientially rich doctoral program. Graduates from the department's doctoral program are found on the faculties of universities throughout the world, at the highest levels of federal and international research programs, and in numerous private and public foundations, institutions, and industries.