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The new address for the University of Kentucky College of Public Health is www.uky.edu/publichealth.

New Department Addresses
Health Behavior
Health Services Management
Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health

Department of Epidemiology

What is epidemiology?

Epidemiology is a scientific discipline commonly defined as the study of the distribution and determinants of disease and injury in human populations. This broad scope includes understanding the distribution, patterns and causes of adverse health outcomes as well as those associated with their control and prevention, and the complex interaction of factors that play a role in these processes. The key element that distinguishes epidemiology from other health sciences is its focus on groups and populations, rather than individuals, and thus it can viewed as the foundation of public health research and evidence-based practice.

What do we do?

Epidemiologists observe, investigate and analyze how the distribution of disease varies by age, gender, race, behavior and lifestyle choices, occupational and environmental exposures, genetic determinants, pre- or co-existing conditions, screening and medical interventions, health protective laws and other factors. This makes epidemiology inherently multi- and cross-disciplinary, and is evidenced in the breadth of courses offered in our department such as infectious, chronic, cancer, cardiovascular, oral, environmental and occupational and managerial epidemiology, as well as by the range of research topics engaged in by our faculty and students.

What do we offer?

The Epidemiology Department in the UK College of Pubic Health, and their faculty, are committed to the practice of epidemiology in our teaching, our research and our service. We teach basic epidemiologic principles to all students in the various programs in our college, as well as to students and professionals in a wide range of disciplines, including medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry and veterinary sciences. The more advanced and specialty courses are usually targeted to individuals seeking a career or more in-depth training in epidemiology. Our faculty conduct research across a number of areas of interest, such as cancer prevention and survival, infectious diseases, environmental effects on health, pharmacoepidemiology and health effects of injury, trauma and abuse. Students have opportunities to work with faculty in research projects, both as research assistants and as part of their capstone requirements.

Wiesner, A.M., Steinke, D.T., Vincent, W.R., Records, K.E., Smith, K.M. (2010). National survey of pharmacy services in free medical clinics. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, 50, 45-51.

Anderson, A.L., Lewis, D.A., Steinke, D.T., Ranjan, D., Smith, K., Clifford, T. (2009). Effects of hyperglycemia on the development of new-onset diabetes after liver transplantation. Progress in Transplantation, 19, 298-303.

Lockwood, A., Steinke, D.T., Botts, S. (2009). Medication adherence and its effect on relapse among patients discharged from a Veteran’s Affairs PTSD treatment program. Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 43, 1227-32.

Methvin, J.N., Mannino, D.M., Casey, B.R. (2009). COPD Prevalence in Southeastern Kentucky – The Burden of Lung Disease Study. Chest, 135(1), 102-7.

Paciullo, C., Short, M., Steinke, D.T., Jennings, H. (2009). Impact of nicotine replacement therapy on postoperative mortality following coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 43, 1197-202

Hazen, D.A., Mannino, D.M., Clayton, R. (2008). Gender Specific Differences in the Pros and Cons of Smoking among Current Smokers in Eastern Kentucky: Implications for Future Smoking Cessation Interventions. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 5, 230-242.

Liu, Y., Lee, K., Perez-Padilla, R., Hudson, N.L., Mannino D.M. (2008). Outdoor and Indoor Environmental Factors Contributing to the Burden of COPD in Developed and Developing Countries . Int J Tuberculosis Lung Dis, 12, 115-27.

Olges, J.R., Murphy, B.S., Caldwell, G.G., Thornton, A.C. (2007). Testing Practices and Knowledge of HIV Among Prenatal Care Providers in a Low Seroprevalence State AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 21, 187-194.

Vincent, W., Steinke, D.T., Smith, K. (2007). Opportunities for Pharmacists in Public Health. American Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, 64, 2002-7.

Walsh, S., Dignan, M., Caldwell, G. (2007). The PAPM, Diffusion Theory, and Violent Death Surveillance. American Journal of Health Behavior. 31(5), 451-461.

Chesnut, L., Charnigo, R, LoBianco T. (2006) “Perinatal Periods of Risk: Mapping Feto-Infant Mortality in Kentucky” Kentucky Epidemiologic Notes & Reports, 4(7).

Christian, W.J., Hopenhayn, C., Centeno, J. (2006). Distribution of urinary selenium and urinary arsenic measures among pregnant women exposed to moderate arsenic levels in drinking water. Environ Res. Jan; 100 (1), 115-22.

Tackett, J., Charnigo, R., Caldwell, G. (2006). Relating West Nile Virus Case Fatality Rates to Demographic and Surveillance Variables. Public Health Reports, 121, 666-673.

Walsh, S., Hemenway, D. (2005). Intimate Partner Violence: Homicides Followed by Suicides in Kentucky. Journal of the Kentucky Medical Association. 103, 10-14.


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Lexington, KY 40536-0003
Phone: 859-218-2227
Fax: 859-257-8811

Interim Chair:

Dr.Wayne Sanderson
Phone: 859-218-2227

Support Staff:

Charlotte Wood
Phone: 859-218-2330