Seminar Series

The Division of Epidemiology hosts a biweekly seminar series that is open to students, faculty, and staff throughout VCU. Lectures address various aspects of epidemiologic research and practice and include presentations by leaders in the field of population health.

Seminars are generally held from 12:00 to 1:00 pm on TUESDAYS.  All Fall 2022 seminars will be held via Zoom; please see the listings for how to acquire the access information.

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Seminars 2022-2023

(please note that the details are being finalized and this listing will be updated regularly)

All seminars are done via Zoom; please register here:

Date Presenter Seminar Title
Fall 2022    


VCU Division of Epidemiology Faculty Members:
Tilahun Adera, PhD, MPH, MA
| Charles W. and Evelyn F. Thomas Professor in Epidemiology and Division Chair; Chrisa Arcan, PhD, MHS, MBA, RD | Associate Professor; Derek Chapman, PhD | Associate Professor and Interim Director, VCU Center on Society and Health; Juan Lu, PhD, MPH, MD | Associate Professor and Director of Epidemiology Graduate Programs; Elizabeth Prom-Wormley, PhD, MPH | Assistant Professor; Hua Zhao, PhD | Professor

Epidemiology Faculty Panel




Kathryn Jacobsen, PhD, MPH | William E. Cooper Distinguished University Chair and Professor of Health Studies (Epidemiology and Global Health), University of Richmond Department of Health Studies

Health Transitions Epidemiology



Jordyn Wallenborn, PhD, MPH | Postdoctoral Researcher, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Botnar Research Centre for Child Health 

The Mother, Child, and Human Milk Triad: A Global Prospective



Adam Edward Lang, PharmD | Chief, Health Management and Deputy Chief of the Department of Pharmacy, McDonald Army Health Center; Assistant Clinical Professor, VCU Department of Family Medicine and Population Health TBD


VCU Community Advisory Board - Health and Housing Subcommittee:
Team led by Risha Berry, PhD | Founder and CEO, Strengths Find Her, LLC



no seminar this week (Election Day and American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Expo)




Wendemi Sawadogo, MPH | PhD Candidate, VCU Division of Epidemiology




speaker TBD


Spring 2023    


Melissa Viray, MD | Deputy Director, Virginia Department of Health Richmond City and Henrico Health District




Rebecca Bruhl, DrPH, MPH | Adjunct Instructor, VCU Division of Epidemiology; Project Lead, Virginia Department of Health Richmond City and Henrico Health District




speaker TBD


2/28/23 Jonathan Wells, MHS | PhD Student, VCU Division of Epidemiology




no seminar this week (VCU Spring Break)  
3/14/23 Medhin Tsegaye, MPH | PhD Candidate, VCU Division of Epidemiology TBD
3/21/23 Yufan Guan, MS | PhD Candidate, VCU Division of Epidemiology


4/4/23 National Public Health Week (April 3-9, 2023) 
VCU's celebration of NPHW will feature seminars throughout the week, and this listing will be updated accordingly. Please see this page for our 2022 NPHW seminar recordings.




First Year PhD Students | VCU Division of Epidemiology  TBD