EPIDEMIOLOGYAT THE UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
Epidemiology is the newest program in the University of Delaware’s College of Health Sciences, a thriving academic unit of more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 130 faculty with outstanding research and teaching facilities. The program includes the Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology and Doctorate of Philosophy in Epidemiology. Degrees are centered on the application of epidemiologic methods to research and teaching in areas such as field epidemiology, cardiovascular disease epidemiology, injury epidemiology, and others.
The Master of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology is designed to prepare students for a career in public health in either applied (e.g., local, state or federal public health agencies) or research settings. By providing students with a comprehensive foundation of population health principles, epidemiological methods and biostatistics, and study design, the MPH in Epidemiology will ensure students are proficient in the skills needed to successfully enter the public health workforce.
The PhD in Epidemiology provides students with advanced training in epidemiological methods and prepares them for careers in research, teaching, and applied public health. The program is designed to support students with some experience in public health who seek additional training related to research methods and their application to population health. Sample areas of focus include cancer, cardiovascular disease, and injury epidemiology, among others. Areas of focus are driven by faculty research interests and admission to the PhD program requires matching an applicant’s research interests with a faculty member. All students receive research and/or teaching assistantships.
Recently, the Epidemiology Program partnered with the University’s Disaster Research Center and community groups to conduct a CASPER to assess resident’s perceptions of the health impacts of living near the Chester, Pennsylvania incinerator, where municipal waste, medical waste, and recyclables are burned.
Self-reported mental and physical health was lower for households living closer to the incinerator. Households living closer to the incinerator were also more likely to be African-American, aware of the incinerator, and perceive increased pollution.
Complete results of the assessment will be shared with stakeholders to assess the potential for future research that could improve the health of residents.