welcome to the Department of : Epidemiology

Our faculty focus on age-related disorders – from preterm birth to dementia – chronic diseases, injury prevention, mind-body medicine, physical activity, systems biology, travel safety, and disparities in health outcomes. Faculty members collaborate extensively across WVU, the state, the nation and the world.


Epidemiology is the basic science of public health. It began with studying outbreaks of infectious disease but now encompasses the study of chronic disease – such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer – as well as injury and violence. Epidemiological methods and data are employed to design interventions, assess efficacy and measure outcomes across populations. Akin to clinical findings and pathology, an epidemiologic understanding of health conditions is a crucial baseline component for mitigating negative health outcomes and increasing recovery.

Recent News

New Investigator Award presented to Public Health alumna

Congratulations, Amy! A PhD graduate with a concentration in epidemiology, Amy Hunter has been selected for the 2019 NVDRS New Investigator Award. An initiative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Public Health Association, the National Violent Death Reporting System New Investigator Research Award promotes innovative, quality analysis of data by emerging researchers.