Welcome to the Department of Epidemiology.

Epidemiology is the foundation of public health research and evidenced-based practice. Epidemiologists study of the distribution, patterns and causes of adverse health outcomes – as well as how to control disease and prevent poor health. The field of Epidemiology also examines the complex interaction of factors including lifestyle, age, and influences from the environment.

What do we do? We identify factors that would make the world a better place. Epidemiologists work with teams of scientists and community members to identify why diseases are spreading, how to stop and prevent them. Ultimately, epidemiology saves lives.

What do we offer? At the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, we offer training at the undergraduate, master, and doctoral level. Our students receive hands-on experience working with faculty on research studies focused on fields such as cancer prevention and survival, substance abuse, cardiovascular disease, infectious diseases, environmental health, and occupational exposures.


Erin Haynes, DrPH, MS
Phone: 859.562.2119

Epidemiology Faculty and Staff
Upcoming Seminars
Epidemiology Seminar Series


With a $1.16 million cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Appalachian Regional Commission, Dr. April Young takes a community approach to battling the opioid epidemic in Eastern Kentucky.

Study Finds No Causal Link Between Smoking and Dementia

Dr. Erin Abner used competing risk analysis to determine whether there was a connection between smoking and dementia once the competing risk of death was included.

Current Funded Projects

Currently funded projects with principal investigators in the Department of Epidemiology.

Learn more about the PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Graduates of this program are prepared to address the practical challenges of conducting population-based, clinical and translational research in the multidisciplinary work environments of academia, government, and industry.