Welcome to the Department of Epidemiology

Albert Hofman headshot Albert Hofman MD, Ph.D
Stephen B. Kay Family Professor of Public Health
and Clinical Epidemiology
Chair, Department of Epidemiology,
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

About the Department

We study the frequency, distribution, and determinants of disease in humans, a fundamental science of public health. In addition to pursuing groundbreaking global research initiatives, we educate and prepare future medical leaders and practitioners as part of our mission to ignite positive changes in the quality of health across the world.

The Department of Epidemiology has a long tradition of teaching and research in the epidemiology of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and other chronic diseases, as well as in epidemiologic methodology.
The department is innovative, collaborative and continuously celebrates a commitment to ignite positive changes in the world of Public Health. To learn more about our department’s community, past and present, watch the “100 Years, 100 Stories” video.

Feature Articles

Postdoc Spotlight: Mary Wesley

July 7, 2021—Mary Wesley is a teaching fellow in the Department of Epidemiology and a graduate of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Learn how she supports the Delta Scholars Program in this Q&A.

From the Field: A Story of Collaboration, Persistence, and Adaptation in Ethiopia

June 17, 2021—Meet Solomon Teferra and Tamrat Abebe and find out how they adapted their lab to help process COVID-19 samples and tests during the pandemic.

50 Years Ago: Q&A with Alumnus Noel Weiss

June 11, 2021— Noel Weiss, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Epidemiology, University of Washington School of Public Health, is an epidemiologist who has worked extensively on the causes of cancer. Fifty years ago, he was a student at Harvard Chan School writing his thesis.

New Faculty Q&A: Issa Dahabreh

January 1, 2021— Issa Dahabreh is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology, with a secondary appointment in the Biostatistics department who uses data from diverse sources to address causal questions.

Student Spotlight: Amanda Pasko

April 6, 2020—Amanda Pasko is a first-year masters student studying nutritional epidemiology at the Harvard Chan School and an award-winning track and field runner.

Postdoc Spotlight: Emily Harrison

March 13, 2020—Emily Harrison is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Epidemiology and the History of Science at Harvard University researching the history of epidemiology.