About the Division of Epidemiology
The Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, Division of Epidemiology has been training public health students for twenty years resulting in over 300 graduates! The division is research-intensive with close ties to public health practitioners in state and local department of health settings. Philosophically, we believe in fully immersing students into their chosen career path as quickly as possible in the training experience. Linking didactics immediately to context is extremely important for adult learners.
Our division also firmly believes in the value of creating a community of learning which values diversity. Toward that goal, we participate in “pipeline” educational programs to make visible careers in public health. We also actively work to create opportunities for students to work across degree programs, across years in training, with other VCU schools and programs, and with the community. Through service learning, practicum, internships, seminars and journal clubs, students from all backgrounds come together as teams to work toward achieving their educational goals.
The research programs in the division are diverse and reflect the diversity of our faculty. Our philosophy in research is grounded in team science. We believe discovery occurs more quickly when teams representing different disciplines work together to solve public health problems. Cross-fertilization of ideas beyond disciplinary boundaries leads to more rapid discoveries and translation of science to practice and policy to promote population health.