The Epidemiology Department is committed to excellence in training of students to be the leaders of the next generation of scientists and physicians. Our teaching mission focuses on providing students with a rigorous foundation of epidemiologic principles and methods while also providing students with courses and experiences to demonstrate the reach of epidemiology into all aspects of biomedical research and modern medicine.
Faculty in the department lead and participate in teaching courses for medical, graduate, and undergraduate students and mentor epidemiology-focused PhD students through the interdisciplinary Quantitative Biomedical Sciences graduate program. The QBS program seeks to train highly qualified students in bioinformatics, biostatistics, epidemiology and health data science for careers in academia and industry. Students can apply to either the interdisciplinary PhD program or the Masters program.
Our faculty also mentor students in other PhD programs at Dartmouth, including the Program in Experimental and Molecular Medicine, and the Molecular and Cellular Biology Program, and Masters Programs through The Dartmouth Institute and SYNERGY. In addition, the Epidemiology Department hosts undergraduate students in experiential research opportunities with faculty members. A list of courses offered by Epidemiology faculty can be here.
Students trained through the PhD program will be versed in bioinformatics, biostatistics and epidemiology. The program is interdepartmental with numerous collaborations between QBS members and those in other graduate programs at Dartmouth. In addition to coursework, research rotations during the first year provide students the opportunity to explore diverse research interests and then make an informed decision when selecting a thesis lab. Each student works closely with a thesis advisor and has the opportunity to interact daily with other members of the program. PhD students receive a Dartmouth Fellowship that provides a full tuition scholarship, annual student stipend, and a prepaid health insurance plan. Students and graduates have worked across fields, interning or beginning careers in academia and leading tech companies. Further information is available at the QBS website.
QBS is welcoming applications for the first cohort to start classes in the Fall of 2018. The QBS Master’s of Science degree in Epidemiology provides training in epidemiologic methods, biostatistics, bioinformatics, data analysis and translational research. Graduates will have competencies in the theory and application of epidemiologic methods to complex problems in population health. Coursework is completed in 15 months. Students may also apply to the MS program with a concentration in Health Data Science. Further information is available at the QBS website.
Epidemiology faculty also serve as mentors to post-doctoral trainees, and Margaret Karagas, Department Chair, co-directs the R25 post-doctoral training program in the Quantitative Biomedical Sciences in Cancer Biology, offering cross-disciplinary training to post-doctoral fellows. Faculty members in the department also mentor post-doctoral fellows for K- and other faculty development opportunities, while senior faculty in the department provide mentoring to early career faculty as they develop as independent investigators. Further information about the Quantitative Biomedical Sciences in Cancer Biology training program can be found here.