About the Department

The primary mission of the Department of Epidemiology is to provide excellence in teaching and training in the field of epidemiology. The graduate program offers master's and doctoral degrees to prepare students for careers in research or professions in public health which require knowledge of advanced epidemiologic methods.

We excel 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 19 primary faculty and more than 25 additional faculty associated with the Department of Epidemiology at the Brown School of Public Health. Our faculty are world-renowned researchers whose expertise include cancer, environmental health, global health, mental health, infectious disease, maternal and child health, molecular, health disparities, obesity, substance use, mindfulness, and epidemiologic methods. We also collaborate with faculty in social sciences, basic biomedical sciences, and clinical departments at Alpert Medical School and its seven affiliated hospitals (e.g., Cardiology, Endocrinology, Obstetrics/GynecologyPediatrics, and Psychiatry). Our department includes faculty engaged full-time in research and teaching, as well as importantly clinical faculty and faculty members jointly appointed with Brown University and the Rhode Island Health Department.


  Alison Field, ScD
  Department Chair and Professor

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