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Epidemiology and environmental health are critical foundational components to public health research and evidenced-based practice. Epidemiologists study the distribution, patterns and causes of adverse health outcomes. In addition, how to control disease and prevent poor health while examining the complex interaction of factors including lifestyle, age, and influences from the environment.  Environmental health identifies and seeks to understand the impact of environmental exposures on health.

Epidemiologists work with teams of scientists and community members to identify why diseases are spreading, how to stop and prevent them. Environmental health professionals investigate potential exposure to environmental agents and develop protective interventions to control these hazards.  They also develop health communication materials, engage community members to resolve environmental hazards.  Ultimately, epidemiologists and environmental health scientists identify factors to improve human 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.


"Welcome to the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health! We have a vibrant, dedicated, and highly collaborative faculty that are tackling real world health issues with innovative research in partnership with our regional, state, and national community partners.

Our students find fulfilling careers with our regional, state and national partners in public health, industry, and academia. The pandemic has highlighted the tremendous impact the fields of epidemiology and environmental health have on public health. We encourage you to explore all that our department has to offer."

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Dr. Erin N. Haynes

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Public Health Showcase 2024

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