Welcome to the Department of Epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health. The Department offers training and research in cancer prevention, etiology and prevention of diabetes in youth and adults, disease tracking, genetic epidemiology, injury prevention, and many other specialties. Our faculty are active researchers on projects funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, among others.
Epidemiology is the study of patterns of disease and injury in human populations and its application in the prevention and control of disease. Epidemiologists study the variation of health issues in relation to age, sex, race, occupational and social characteristics, place of residence, susceptibility, exposure to specific agents or other pertinent characteristics.
Epidemiologists also develop and evaluate hypotheses about the effects of genetics, behavior, the environment and the health care system on human health and develop the scientific basis for disease prevention and control programs.