Director: Lorna Thorpe, PhD, MPH

General Information

Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states or events in specified populations and the application of this study to control health problems. Epidemiology serves as the quantitative foundation for public health interventions and is a critical science for evidence-based medicine. The focus of the Division of Epidemiology, in the Department of Population Health, is to gain new understanding of the inter-relationship of genetic and environmental factors impacting on human health, providing the scientific basis for translation of this knowledge to public health action.p>


We offer PhD training in Epidemiology through our Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. Our faculty also teach a Selective Concentration in Epidemiology for medical students and teach in the College of Global Public Health Master of Public Health Program.

Epidemiologic Research

Faculty members in the Division of Epidemiology are actively engaged in research. Investigations of air pollution, related modifying factors, and human health are being carried in US nation-wide studies. Biomarkers for breast cancer risk prediction in young women are being investigated, in the NYU Women’s Health Study.  Genetic and environmental factors are being investigated for colorectal cancer risk prediction in young adults, in an international consortium.  Research is ongoing in several projects to better understand the relationship between the human microbiome and malignancy, including studies of head and neck cancer, esophageal cancer, gastric metaplasia, colorectal cancer and pancreas cancer. Investigations are underway to identify inherited genetic traits that influence drug treatment response and recurrence in melanoma.

Research is supported by the Division of Epidemiology laboratories in genetics and in the human microbiome and genetics, as well as the extensive facilities of the NYU School of Medicine.

Visitor Information

The Division is located at 650 First Avenue (between 37 and 38 streets), Fifth Floor.

For all inquiries, please contact:
Liz Clancy