Epidemiology is the study of how diseases, injuries, and other health-related events spread and distribute themselves through populations and communities. We identify the causes of the spread, and how to stop it.
The Epidemiology Department was organized to be one major focus of the College of Public Health to promote research and training in epidemiology, disease control and health care organization.
The major research thrust is to conduct high quality epidemiologic investigations that are at the forefront of scientific knowledge. The research is both theoretical and applied.
Training activities have several directions, which include developing qualified, independent research scientists in epidemiology at both the pre- and post-doctoral levels. There is also a focus of training health professionals and others to obtain basic epidemiologic, preventive and health care organizational skills for application in both clinical and community-based settings.
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Epidemiology Research Interest Areas
Epidemiology is a wide and diverse field. These are some of the interest areas in which our faculty are engaged in research.
African Americans in Iowa are getting cancer and dying from it at higher rates than any other group in the state. According to the 2021 Cancer in Iowa report issued by the State Health Registry of Iowa, the age-adjusted cancer mortality rate for Black people in Iowa is more than 25% greater than it is for white people.
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Our research centers
Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases
Employs the latest technologies and methods to understand and control infectious diseases that affect both animals and people.
Health Effectiveness Research Center
Assesses comparative effectiveness and safety of health interventions to responsibly translate evidence into practice.
Iowa Registry for Congenital and Inherited Disorders
Maintain statewide surveillance for collecting information on selected congenital and inherited disorders in Iowa.
Provides nutrition counseling and dietary assessment to promote nutrition with a focus on research, education and service.
Preventive Intervention Center
Conducts health research and clinical trials to ensure future medical treatments are safe and effective.
State Health Registry of Iowa
Also known as the Iowa Cancer Registry (ICR), the registry conducts surveillance and researches the epidemiology of all cancer cases in the state of Iowa.