Epidemiology Faculty

Our diverse and talented faculty are epidemiological experts who study how a variety of factors affect human health, including climate change, complex chronic disease management, disease prevention and management, disaster preparedness, foodborne outbreaks, healthy aging, HIV, maternity care, and pollutants at work, at home and in the environment.

Primary faculty

David Batty, DSc
Professor

The objective of David's research is to understand how social, psychological, biological, behavioral and genetic factors from across the life course, and between generations, influence the risk of chronic diseases of major public health importance in adulthood: cardiovascular disease, selected cancers, and mental illness.

Jeffrey Bethel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(Program Director)

Jeff's research focuses on building adaptive capacity to address the health impact of occupational, environmental and natural hazards, particularly among vulnerable populations.

Marit Bovbjerg, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Marit's research focuses on US maternity care, particularly midwifery and community birth for low-risk women. She is also interested in physical activity during pregnancy and the postpartum period, and potential effects on maternal outcomes.

Viktor Bovbjerg, Ph.D., MPH
Professor

Viktor's research interests lie at the intersection of human beings and their many environments: natural, built, social, cultural.

Susan Carozza, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Sue's research focuses on investigation of environmental factors for childhood cancers, with a special interest in applying geospatial techniques for measuring environmental exposures.

Javier Nieto, MD, Ph.D., MPH, MHS
Professor

Javier's research interest are survey research, epidemiologic methods, cardiovascular disease epidemiology, and epidemiology and health consequences of sleep disorders.

Ellen Smit, Ph.D. RD
Professor

Ellen's research is focused on diet, metabolism, and physical activity in relation to both chronic disease and HIV infection in diverse populations.

Associated faculty

Perry Hystad, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Perry's research uses spatial exposure assessment methods to determine the chronic health effects associated with exposure to air pollution, including cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and cancer.

Yumie Takata, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Yumie's research focuses on the etiological roles of nutritional factors in cancer and chronic disease.