About Us

Department of Epidemiology

About the field


Epidemiology is the study of patterns of disease and injury in human populations and the application of that knowledge to control health problems. Epidemiologists study how diseases vary in relation to age, sex, race, occupational and social characteristics, place of residence, exposure to specific agents, and other attributes. Epidemiologists develop and evaluate hypotheses about the effects on human health of hereditary, behavioral, environmental, and health care factors, and discover disease principles that serve as the basis for prevention and control programs.

Our faculty


Faculty in our department have a long tradition of academic and research excellence. Dating back to the school's predecessor department at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and departments at Colorado State University, our faculty are known for excellence in chronic disease epidemiology‚Äč and infectious disease epidemiology respectively.

Among our expertise you'll find faculty focused on: 
  • Cancer prevention and control
  • Cardiovascular disease epidemiology
  • Chronic disease epidemiology
  • Diabetes
  • Environmental epidemiology
  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Health disparities
  • Infectious disease epidemiology
  • Injury and violence‚Äč nutrition epidemiology
  • Obesity
  • Pulmonary medicine
  • Smoking cessation
  • Translational research
  • Vaccine safety
  • Veterinary epidemiology