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Research Areas

Doctoral candidates with a concentration in CDE may specialize in the following areas:
  • Aging
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Genetic
  • Molecular
  • Nutrition
  • Perinatal
  • Psychiatric Epidemiology
  • Psychosocial Epidemiology

Examples of Department Research Projects:

  • epidemiology of diseases of pregnancy and newborns, emphasizing environmental and genetic risks for causation
  • biomarkers of nutritional status, and biomarkers of antioxidant stress status
  • methods for treating tobacco use and dependence through expansion of the clinician's role in cessation
  • effect of exercise on breast cancer biomarkers among high risk individuals and cancer survivors
  • genetic factors in age-related macular degeneration
  • racial/ethnic disparities in cancer outcomes
  • HIV/STD prevention
  • Role of psychological factors, particularly older individuals' perceptions of aging, on cognition and health in old age
  • role of immunologic factors and environmental chemical exposures in the etiology of childhood leukemia
  • disparities in the utilization of carotid endarterectomy among symptomatic stroke patients, and the long-term outcomes of stroke
  • Case-control study of endometrial cancer/ pancreatic cancer
  • risk factors for psychiatric outcomes and aspects of mental health and well-being