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

Memorial Day traffic one of the deadliest, according to WVU researcher

COVID-19 has put the brakes on AAA’s Memorial Day travel forecast due to unavailable economic data and estimates that fewer travelers will hit the road this holiday weekend due to the pandemic and social distancing recommendations. But that doesn’t mean the roads will be safe and sound for all, according to West Virginia University research analyzing Memorial Day weekend motor vehicle fatalities spanning a 35-year period.