The Graduate Program in Epidemiology prepares students to investigate what factors are related to good and bad health in different populations, and the outcomes of people with given health conditions. This involves learning how specific health conditions and diseases develop, spread, can be prevented, and are treated, as well as how to assess health and its relationships to risk factors. The research uses existing big data, as well as data collected by researchers themselves. Epidemiologic methods build on biology, social sciences, genetics, and statistics. UW–Madison Epidemiology faculty work on general health assessment, obesity, exercise, nutrition, genetics, heart disease, respiratory problems, cancer, diabetes, infectious disease, aging, disability, sleep disorders, maternal and child health, and environmental health.

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Population Health

The Graduate Program in Population Health prepares students to investigate multiple determinants of health and the functioning of the health care system. It draws on medical and social sciences, including health economics, econometrics, psychometrics, epidemiology and biostatistics in an interdisciplinary manner to build strong methodological skills in study design and data analysis. The research typically uses large data sets such as electronic health and Medicare records, or population surveys conducted by the researchers. UW–Madison Population Health faculty are based in many departments, and evaluate comparative effectiveness of therapies, patient reported outcomes, quality of health care, health disparities and access to care, and economic and health impacts of insurance. Clinical settings and social sciences play important roles in this research.

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Quinn Fullenkamp
MS/PhD Population Health Graduate Program Coordinator
610 Walnut Street
Room 744 WARF Office Building
Madison, WI 53726
(608) 265-8108
Fax: (608) 263-2820