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Faculty members in the Department of Epidemiology at UCI are active in an array of key areas of research focusing on the effects of genetic, molecular and environmental factors affecting human health and disease. Specifically, our faculty interests include chronic disease epidemiology (e.g., epidemiological study of cancers, cardiovascular disease, asthmas, metabolic syndromes and brain aging processes), biostatistical methods (e.g., statistical genetics, health statistics and advanced epidemiological methods), reproductive epidemiology, genetics and molecular epidemiology, nutritional epidemiology and occupational epidemiology.

Research Collaboration

The department also engages in multiple key collaborations with local, regional and national partners that enable groundbreaking innovations. If you are affiliated with a research institution interested in collaborative opportunities or would like more information about the department’s research programs, please contact Department Chair Karen Edwards, PhD, via email or by phone at 949-824-9054.

  • Cancer Epidemiology
  • Genetic Epidemiology
  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics and bioinformatics
  • Health Disparities

Cancer Epidemiology

Genetic Epidemiology

Environmental Epidemiology

Nutritional Epidemiology

Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

Health Disparities

Research Centers and Programs 

UC Irvine Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

The UC Irvine Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center in Orange County.

NCI cancer centers are national leaders in cancer research, education and treatment, and centers designated as "comprehensive" are at the forefront, signifying that it has met rigorous criteria aimed at providing world-class patient care and innovative research.

To do this, the cancer center brings together scientists and clinicians from more than 32 departments across six schools at UCI, including the schools of Medicine, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Information & Computer Science, Engineering and Business. Learn more ›


Athena Breast Health Network

The Athena Breast Health Network: A groundbreaking clinical care program designed to revolutionize breast cancer care by more efficiently merging research, technology, financing and healthcare delivery in a way that reduces the time needed to translate research findings into patient care. It is expected that the resulting rich database of information will shape breast cancer care for decades to come. Learn more › You may also contact Hannah Lui Park, PhD, for more information.


The Cancer Cancer Registry (CCR)

The California Cancer Registry collects information about almost all cancers diagnosed in California. This information furthers our understanding of cancer and is used to develop strategies and policies for to prevent, treat and control cancer. 

The data allows state health researchers to analyze demographic and geographic factors that affect cancer risk, early detection and effective treatments for cancer patients. The data also help determine where early detection, educational and other cancer-related programs should be directed.

There has now been mandatory reporting of all new cancer diagnoses in California since 1988. Today, the registry is recognized as one of the most respected and leading cancer registries in the world, and has been the cornerstone of a substantial amount of research on cancer, especially in the California population. Learn more ›

Learn how the program started at UCI ›


The 90+ Study - UCI MIND

The 90+ Study was initiated in 2003 to study the oldest-old, the fastest growing age group in the United States. The 90+ Study is one of the largest studies of the oldest-old in the world. More than 1,600 people have enrolled.  Because little is known about people who achieve this milestone, the remarkable increase in the number of oldest-old presents a public health priority to promote the quality as well as the quantity of life. Learn more ›


The All of Us Research Program

The All of UsSM Research Program, formerly known as the PMI Cohort Program, will be a participant-engaged, data-driven enterprise supporting research at the intersection of lifestyle, environment, and genetics to produce new knowledge with the goal of developing more effective ways to prolong health and treat disease.  To reflect the diversity of the U.S. population, the program will enroll participants from diverse social, racial/ethnic, ancestral, geographic, and economic backgrounds, from all age groups and health statuses. Information from the program will be a broad, powerful resource for researchers working on a variety of important health questions. Importantly, the program will focus not just on disease, but also on ways to increase an individual’s chances of remaining healthy throughout life. Learn more ›