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, and travel safety. Faculty members conduct their own research and collaborate extensively across WVU, the state, nationally and internationally. Our projects include studies of HIV transmission, surveillance systems of key sentinel events, suicide prevention, environmental epidemiology, yoga as a therapeutic intervention, and disparities in health outcomes.


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.