Welcome to the Department of Epidemiology

Thank for your interest in our Department of Epidemiology. It is an exciting time to be an epidemiologist. The work we do is fundamental to the practice of evidence-based public health and medicine and affects the lives of millions of people worldwide. Whether it is investigating an infectious disease outbreak, assessing the impact of in-utero exposure to environmental pollutants and endocrine disrupting chemicals, or the relations of nutritional, genetic, stress-related factors to cardiometabolic health, epidemiology is the foundational discipline underpinning many public health stories in the headlines every day.

The Department of Epidemiology at Brown excels in research, education, and service covering the entire life-course for health outcomes in diverse populations, particularly focusing on critical windows of development (i.e., during and after pregnancy and during childhood and young adulthood). There are 18 primary faculty and an additional 30 faculty associated with the Department of Epidemiology at the Brown School of Public Health. Their expertise includes environmental, reproductive/perinatal/pediatric, lifecourse, cardiometabolic, molecular genetic, psychiatric, cancer, infectious disease, global health, social, behavioral, and nutritional epidemiology. In addition, several members of our faculty focus on health disparities, substance use, mindfulness, and epidemiologic methods. We also work with faculty from the social sciences, basic biomedical sciences, and clinical departments at Brown and its affiliated hospitals (e.g., Cardiology, Endocrinology, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry).

Brown provides an outstanding academic environment that is both nurturing and inclusive for students and fellows.  Brown University highly values teaching, and the small size of the program allows graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to work closely with faculty and each other. Please explore our website to learn more about our ScM and PhD programs and our faculty.

Alison E. Field, ScD
Professor and Department Chair