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A Message from the Chair

Karen L. Edwards, PhD, professor and chair, UC Irvine School of Medicine's Department of Epidemiology
UC Irvine School of Medicine
Karen L. Edwards, PhD, professor and chair, UC Irvine School of Medicine's Department of Epidemiology

Welcome to the Department of Epidemiology in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine.

Epidemiology is the study of the frequency, distribution and determinants of disease in human populations.

Our department provides rigorous training in the fundamentals and practice of epidemiology. We currently focus on graduate education and offer MS and PhD degrees in Epidemiology.

Our teaching and research expertise includes diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, aging and cognition, as well as the environmental, social, dietary and genetic determinants of health. Department faculty members address these and other topics in their research and teaching.

UC Irvine prides itself on transdisciplinary research. We work with faculty members in many departments within the School of Medicine, with other units within the Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences, across the UC Irvine campus, and with institutions outside the university to describe, understand and reduce disease in human populations.

We are a dynamic, young and growing department, and I invite you to join us as we tackle the challenges of improving population health locally, nationally and globally.

Please browse our website for more information about our faculty, academic and research programs, and admissions process.

Warmest regards,

Karen L. Edwards, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology

About UC Irvine. UC Irvine is located in Orange County in beautiful Southern California, and is in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities. The university offers top-quality, affordable education and it ranks among the top 10 public and private U.S. universities. In May 2017, The New York Times College Access Index once again ranked UC Irvine No. 1 among U.S. universities "doing the most for the American dream." This ranking reflects the colleges and universities that provide the best access, opportunities and outcomes for low- and middle-income students. UC Irvine is also a leader among the nation’s Carnegie Research 1 institutions that serve first-generation college students. These designations and the recognition of our campus in serving diverse, first-generation, low- and middle-income students demonstrate our institutional commitment to diversity. They also reflect our campus-wide aspiration to be a national leader and global model of inclusive excellence.