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Division of Epidemiology

Division of Epidemiology

Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health or disease in populations in order to respond to and control health problems. Our discipline serves as the quantitative foundation for public health interventions and is a vital component of evidence-based medicine.

At NYU Langone Health’s Division of Epidemiology in the Department of Population Health, our vision is to improve the health and wellbeing of people locally and around the world. Our aim is to discover causes of disease and identify persistent and emerging trends across diverse population groups. We do this by building scientific understanding of the relationships between genetic, environmental, and social factors that affect human health; translating that knowledge into public health action; and training the next generation of scientists.

Our Research

Our faculty members engage in a wide range of epidemiological research, applying the most advanced study designs and analytic methods to identify effective prevention and treatment strategies in the area of population health. Some examples of our research include the following:

  • understanding the relationship between the human microbiome and malignancy
  • identifying biomarkers of elevated cancer risk, particularly for breast cancer in women in our NYU Women’s Health Study
  • identifying inherited traits that influence drug treatment response and recurrence in melanoma
  • studying genetic, environmental, and social determinants of diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and cancer
  • developing new methods and metrics for population health surveillance
  • researching the opioid overdose epidemic to inform evidence-based policies to prevent opioid misuse, disorder, and overdose
  • investigating indoor and outdoor air pollution in New York City and other parts of the country

New methods of research are supported by Division of Epidemiology laboratories in genetics and the human microbiome, as well as the extensive facilities at NYU Langone. Members of our division play leadership roles in cancer research through the Perlmutter Cancer Center.

Research Centers

Our division includes the following centers, each with a specific research area of focus:

Current Research Projects

Our current research projects address a wide range of issues in diverse populations. Some examples include the following:

Our Collaborators

We collaborate with the following organizations:


We offer an Epidemiology PhD Training Program through Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. Our faculty also teach a selective course in epidemiology for medical students.

For more information, please contact Rodrigo Arce Cardozo, MD, MPH, manager of graduate student affairs, at 212-263-4843 or rodrigo.arcecardozo@nyulangone.org.

Epidemiology Seminar Series

Our monthly Epidemiology Seminar Series takes place from 12:00PM to 1:00PM on the third Thursday of every month at 180 Madison Avenue, conference room 314, unless otherwise announced. For additional information, please contact Gabriella Macias, administrative coordinator, at gabriella.macias@nyulangone.org.

Contact Us

The Division of Epidemiology is located at 180 Madison Avenue on the fourth and fifth floors. For general inquiries about the division, please contact Liz Clancy, MS, program manager, at elizabeth.clancy@nyulangone.org or 212-263-0333.