Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Epidemiology website at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health.

Our faculty, staff, and students study patterns of health and disease, and factors that determine these patterns. Results of these efforts then are applied to improve the health of people everywhere. Epidemiologic information and concepts underpin most public health and medical efforts to control and prevent disease.

There is a critical need for epidemiologists now and in the future. One of our highest priorities is educating students to meet this need. We offer the following degree programs: master of public health (MPH), master of science in public health (MSPH), and doctor of philosophy (PhD). We also cooperate in several dual degree programs.  Our curriculum is highly quantitative and therefore we recruit students with excellent analytical skills and a strong science background.

We have a distinguished faculty committed to excellence in teaching and research. Our faculty share a broad interest in a wide range of epidemiologic topics and research including cancer, womens' and childrens' health (especially pregnancy and the perinatal period), infectious diseases, cardiovascular diseases, renal diseases, HIV/AIDS, health and disease in correctional systems, genetics, social epidemiology, and public health preparedness. Special features that set us apart include:a special emphasis on, and expertise in, epidemiologic methods, and our emphasis on cooperative efforts.

Please visit the other parts of this website, especially our News  and Events pages which contain great details on our activities. Please also feel free to contact any of us if we can answer any questions.

Viola Vaccarino, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair