What is epidemiology?

Epidemiology is the study of factors affecting health and illness in communities and populations. Epidemiologic research methods form the cornerstone of public health and epidemiological researchers seek to improve health and reduce risk factors for disease and illness.

What are we doing in the area of epidemiology?

Epidemiology faculty in the School of Public Health engage in a wide range of research areas, including but not limited to:

  • injury prevention and prevention of injury-related disability;
  • chronic diseases (e.g. asthma, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease);
  • acute and chronic pain conditions;
  • mental health;
  • health promotion;
  • nutrition, physical activity, and obesity in childhood;
  • global health;
  • genetics;
  • infectious diseases; and
  • development of novel and innovative epidemiologic and biostatistical methods.

This work is conducted in the context of multi- and inter-disciplinary collaborations at the local, national and international level.

What is the focus of our research?

Examples of our current projects include:

  • The study of psychosocial factors and their role in recovery after musculoskeletal injury
  • Health outcomes of persons with pneumonia and diabetes
  • Treatment outcomes after hip fracture
  • Tracking the course of psychiatric health across the lifespan
  • Developing and evaluating school-based programs promoting healthy eating and active living
  • Cardiovascular disease and prevention of hypertension in children and youth
Researcher Don Voaklander makes Alberta a safer place to live and work through his research on injury prevention and injury outcomes in Canada.
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Assistant Professor Roman Pabayo studies the social and economic factors that contribute to behavioural and health outcomes.
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Professor Dean Eurich investigates chronic disease management and health-care service delivery.
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Researcher Katerina Maximova strives to prevent chronic disease through improvements in unhealthy lifestyle behaviours, such as smoking.
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Professor Paul Veugelers studies policy and population-level interventions for preventing obesity and chronic disease.
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