Epidemiology is the study of the distribution, causes, and prevention of disease and injury in human populations--it’s often called the basic science of public health. Epidemiologists use an array of quantitative tools to measure the occurrence of illness, injury, and risk factors, and to estimate the effect of exposures on disease risk, and evaluate interventions.

Faculty, staff, and students in the UNMC Department of Epidemiology conduct research on a broad range of exposures and health outcomes. The areas we emphasize include Infectious Diseases, Preparedness and Disaster Response, Cancer, Mental Health, and Global Health.

Academic programs in epidemiology prepare practitioners and researchers for positions in government agencies, the private sector, and academia. Our department is the principal provider of epidemiology training for the public health workforce in Nebraska and the region.

Our faculty, staff, and students serve the community and the profession in numerous ways, from providing assistance to local agencies, to serving on prestigious national advisory committees, and leading professional societies.

The epidemiology department is home to several centers that specialize in a particular area of public health. The Center for Biosecurity, Biopreparedness & Emerging Infectious Diseases (BBEID), The Center for Global Health and Development (CGHAD), and the proposed Center for Cancer Prevention and Population Science (CCPPS) provide opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to advance education, research, and service to our communities.

I hope you’ll find these pages a good place to learn about the field of epidemiology and about our department.

Department of Epidemiology | College of Public Health
University of Nebraska Medical Center