Department of Epidemiology
Chair: Zhengmin "Min" Qian, MD, PhD
In the Department of Epidemiology at the College for Public Health & Social Justice, we are committed to improving global health and eliminating health disparities through our teaching, research and service.
Epidemiology is critical to public health because it defines the health of populations, focusing on determinants of disease and risk factors for disease.
These factors allow us to understand much of what causes human disease, leading to public health interventions to prevent disease in populations. These are fascinating and challenging times for epidemiologists - we have more methods and tools at our disposal than ever before, but we constantly face new health challenges in our global environment.
Our teaching at Saint Louis University seeks to provide students with a strong foundation in epidemiologic methods, ensuring that graduates are well-equipped to work in a variety of settings.
A major strength of our program is our close linkage with public health practice, including state and local health departments, community organizations, and health care organizations. We strive to provide our graduates with rigorous training, along with a real-world perspective on the role of epidemiology in understanding and preventing disease and disability.
We help our students gain experience in the field - in the St. Louis Metro area, other areas of the United States, and globally. We aim to make our graduates marketable and to help them work toward fellowships, such as the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the CDC.
Students who graduate with this degree are well-prepared for professional roles as project managers, study coordinators, and directors of outcomes research in a variety of settings such as health departments, the CDC, nonprofits, hospitals, and health systems.
Faculty and Research
Our faculty has a broad range of research interests, including maternal and child health, infectious diseases, injury-related epidemiology, environmental epidemiology, and cancer and chronic diseases. Our faculty members are able to draw from real-world experience, with various members previously holding positions in the CDC, the WHO, and as state epidemiologists.
Students can find specific areas of epidemiology that interest them where they can work one-on-one with faculty members to expand their research ability and apply what they have learned in the classroom to real public health issues; this experience can then be applied to future jobs.
Mission and Service
Epidemiology can help thousands of people at once by identifying what their needs are and how to meet those needs in the most effective way.
Epidemiologists identify with the Jesuit mission by working side-by-side with people, where they are, to solve problems together. By controlling and preventing the spread of disease and finding better ways to improve health outcomes, epidemiologists can help to improve global health and eliminate health disparities.