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I want to take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to the UNMC College of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology.

Epidemiology is the study of the distribution, causes, and prevention of disease in human populations--it’s often called the basic science of public health. At UNMC, the epidemiology department educates and prepares practitioners and researchers to improve health worldwide in positions in government agencies, non-governmental organizations, industry, and academia.

Our department is the leading provider of epidemiology and preparedness training for the public health workforce in Nebraska and the Great Plains region. We are a growing faculty actively engaged in contemporary methodological and collaborative epidemiological research and practice. Faculty, staff, and students in the UNMC Department of Epidemiology conduct research and teach on various social, environmental, and behavioral exposures. We focus on infectious diseases, cancer, genetics, psychiatric, environmental epidemiology, and applied research and practice in preparedness and disaster solutions.

The Epidemiology Department is home to the Center for Biosecurity, Biopreparedness & Emerging Infectious Diseases (BBEID) and the proposed Center for Cancer Prevention and Population Science (CCPPS).

We are committed to enriching the academic experience for our talented students, empowering them with the critical thinking and problem-solving skills they need to address current and future public health challenges. We are dedicated to training the next generation of epidemiologists and preparedness professionals with comprehensive, rigorous, and modern educational experience. The department is home to five graduate degree programs. The MPH and DrPH in Epidemiology, an MPH and DrPH in Preparedness, and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology. In addition, we offer certificates in Infectious disease epidemiology and emergency preparedness.

I hope you’ll find our website an excellent place to learn about the field of epidemiology and our department. To contact the Epidemiology department, please contact Shelly Lewis, Department Administrative Executive, at shelly.lewis@unmc.edu.

Edward Peters, DMD, ScD, Professor, and Department Chair, epeters@unmc.edu

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