In the Epidemiology Program, we aim to understand the factors that influence the incidence, distribution, and control of cancer and other harmful diseases within the human population.
The major goals of the Epidemiology Program are:
- To identify causes of human cancer, develop effective prevention strategies and improve our understanding of the basic mechanisms that lead to cancer
- To conduct a wide range of studies to identify physical, chemical and infectious agents, behavioral characteristics, and heritable factors that influence a person's chances of developing cancer, and to assess the impact of these factors on the cancer burden in human populations
- To identify factors that influence cancer patients' survival and their quality of life
- To provide rich training opportunities for MPH, MS and PhD students enrolled in the Epidemiology Department of University of Washington's School of Public Health
The majority of the research conducted within the Epidemiology Program can be grouped into two categories: 1) studies of etiology, and 2) studies of cancer survivors.
- Etiological studies investigate the origins of disease. Our goal is to identify factors that increase the risk of developing cancer and other diseases so that appropriate prevention behavior can be advocated and the spread of sickness minimized.
- Studies of cancer survivors are of growing interest within the program. We aim to increase the quality of life for patients diagnosed with cancer by assessing what factors affect the risk of recurrence and mortality, as well as evaluating strategies aimed at encouraging a positive outlook and maximized level of comfort.
Click here to view a complete list of projects within the Epidemiology Program.
Owner: Kara McBroom
Last Modified: 10/2011