Director: Richard B. Hayes, DDS, 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. In descriptive epidemiology, scientists make use of available data to identify health problems. In analytical epidemiology, scientists assess hypotheses about the association of risk factors with these 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.


Faculty of the Division of Epidemiology lead the Ph.D. program in Epidemiology in the Environmental Health Sciences Program of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at NYU, teach a a Selective / Concentration in Epidemiology for third or fourth year medical students, and teach in the NYU MPH 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. Circulating vitamin D and folic acid levels, and associated genetics, are being investigated in relation to breast cancer risk. Serum taurine, a nutrient and popular ingredient in energy drinks, is being evaluated for risk of coronary heart disease and stroke. Several investigations are underway to better understand the role of the human microbiome and related conditions in risk for cancer and cancer precursors. Studies are also underway to identify predictive biomarkers in prostate cancer. Faculty members carry out research in the New York University Women’s Health Study, in other US cohorts and in research consortia, including the NCI Cancer Cohort Consortium, supported by Division of Epidemiology laboratories in genetics and in the human microbiome and genetics.

Visitor Information

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

For all inquiries, please contact:
Liz Clancy