Department of 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. We work to improve public health, promote individual well-being, and eliminate health disparities across Indiana and around the world.

Our research is used to prevent illness and injury, to protect the public's health, and to monitor health care. We work to identify 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 work toward the reduction and eradication of local, regional, national, and global health disparities.


Our 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. Students working with our faculty receive practical, hands-on training, develop in-depth expertise, and gain considerable real-world experience. 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.

Epidemiology Faculty