Epidemiology

Epidemiology is a science rooted in finding solutions to serious public health problems like cardiovascular disease and cancer. Data concerning determinants and distribution are critical to improving the health of entire populations. In other words, epidemiologists identify why some people get sick and others do not.

Students in the Department of Epidemiology acquire the skills to detect, prevent and control human disease and to promote the health and well-being of the public through innovative research, education and training. Our program equips students with strong analytic and quantitative skills to be successful in designing and conducting public health investigations, disease surveillance, innovative interventions and methodological research.

Many of our graduates are working as epidemiologists for federal and state agencies, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and international health organizations.

Master of Public Health EPI Accelerated One-Year Program

Exceptional candidates may be recommended for a one-year MPH, concentration in epidemiology (accelerated track). The accelerated track offers an opportunity to study full-time and complete the MPH in just 12 months. The program is designed for students who are typically transitioning to medical, dental or nursing school upon graduation.

Explore the MPH EPI Accelerated One-Year Program.

Funding your education

At Stempel College, we understand that academic success can be affected by financial aid and funding opportunities. Our students have access to myriad funding options by degree level (bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral) and by academic discipline (Public Health, Dietetics & Nutrition, Social Work). It’s important to understand the basics of applying for financial aid and the additional resources available to you as a Stempel College student.

Research Faculty Spotlight


Mary Jo Trepka, Professor and Chair

Focus areas: Epidemiology of HIV and STDs

Gladys Ibañez, Associate Professor

Focus areas: HIV, intervention development, and integrative and complementary health

Wasim Maziak, Professor

Focus areas: Tobacco Control and Chronic Disease

Olatokunbo Osibogun, Assistant Professor

Focus areas: Tobacco control, cardiovascular health, and women’s health

Melissa Ward, Assistant Professor

Focus areas: Women’s Health, Opioids, HIV/AIDS, Health Disparities, Social Determinants of Health

Diana M. Sheehan, Assistant Professor

Focus areas: Health disparities and HIV

Vukosava PekovicClinical Associate Professor and MPH Program Director

Focus areas: Epidemiologic Methods, Health Disparities and Disease Prevention

Nasar Ahmed, Associate Professor

Focus areas: Health Disparities; Cancer Epidemiology, Intervention Development

2021 Newsletter: Welcome to the World Of Epidemiology

Explore the outstanding achievements of our students and faculty.

Ph.D. Alums: Where Are They Now


Dr. Rahel Dawit

Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University 

Class of 2022

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Sandra Kiplagat

Global Epidemiology Fellow, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Class of 2021

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Abir Rahman

Director of Epidemiology at Cabell-Huntington Health Department

Class of 2021

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Mohammad Ebrahimi Kalan

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Eastern Virginia Medical School 

Class of 2021

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Angel Algarin

Assistant Professor, Edson College of Nursing & Health Innovation, Arizona State University 

Class of 2020

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Daisy Ramirez-Ortiz

Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Epidemiology, Stempel College

Class of 2019

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Isabel Griffin

Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Class of 2019

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Olatokunbo Osibogun

Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Stempel College

Class of 2019

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Diana Sheehan

Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Stempel College

Class of 2016

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Soumayadeep Mukherjee

Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator, Department of Health & Physical Education, Rhode Island College 

Class of 2016

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Karma McKelvey

Assistant Professor of Research, Cedars-Sinai Department of Orthopedic Surgery 

Class of 2014

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Evelyn Davila 

Head of Epidemiology, Clarivate 

Class of 2010

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