Welcome to the World Renowned Epidemiology Department

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.

Issa Dahabreh

New Faculty Q&A: Issa Dahabreh

On January 1, 2021 we will welcome Dr. Issa Dahabreh as Associate Professor of Epidemiology, with a secondary appointment in the Biostatistics department. Learn about the newest member of our faculty in the following article.
Amanda Pasko with medal

Student Spotlight

Amanda Pasko is a first-year masters student studying nutritional epidemiology at the Harvard Chan School. A graduate of Rice University with a degree in Kinesiology and Sports Medicine and Summa Cum Laude honors, Amanda has long been involved in fitness and exercise as a coach, mentor, and athlete. She is a seasoned track and field runner, with many competitions and titles to her credit including most recently placing second in a national competition for the indoor heptathlon. Read more here.
Emily Harrison

Postdoc Spotlight

Emily Harrison is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Epidemiology and the History of Science at Harvard University. Holding a PhD in the History of Science and an SM from the Harvard School of Public Health, her work addresses the culture, politics, and ethics of measurement in public health and community medicine. Learn more about Dr. Harrison and her work here.

Faculty Update

On July 1, 2019, the Department of Epidemiology welcomed Andrew Beam, PhD as assistant professor, with secondary appointments in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School and the Department of Newborn Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Learn more about Dr. Beam and his research plans here.

Faculty Update

On July 1, 2019, the Department of Epidemiology welcomed Dr. Michael Mina as assistant professor. Dr. Mina comes to us from a clinical pathology residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School where he was Chief Resident in Pathology as well as a clinical research fellowship in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School. Learn more here.

Department Spotlight

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Student Profile

The Global Cohort of Doctoral Students is a community that promotes reciprocal learning between doctoral students all over the world and promotes shared capacity to address public health problems by engaging in research, forums for feedback, and professional development activities. Click here to find out more.

Departmental Programs

The GINGER Program is a global and joint venture between Harvard Chan School of Public Health and Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard aimed at helping fellow researchers from low to middle income countries gain the tools and knowledge they need to become successful researchers in the neuropyschiatric genetic discipline. Click here to find out more.

Cutter Lecture & Symposium

The 170th Cutter Lecture on Preventive Medicine at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health was delivered by Professor James Robins focusing on “The ‘Causal Revolution’ in Epidemiology and Medicine: History, Controversies and Future”