Determining Communities' Risk for Developing Diseases
The Section of Epidemiology and Population Sciences, established in 2016, seeks to understand how diseases emerge in populations, which factors leave individuals at the greatest risk for illness, and what policy changes implemented now may promote the health of our community in the future. Our research ranges in scope from the community health impacts of Hurricane Harvey to global cancer registries. Researchers in the section employ a diverse portfolio of techniques from a variety of medical and scientific disciplines, including genetics, nutrition, oncology, quantitative biology, and health psychology. The community is our patient, and our studies address both personal and public health, informing physicians at the point of care and policy-makers.
We collaborate with our community to conduct relevant, high-impact research into problems that can touch every family, including cancer, obesity, and natural disasters.
We work with groups like the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research to build coalitions of like-minded researchers, clinicians, and community-members who translate our study results into meaningful new treatment avenues, healthcare policy, and medical innovations.
We mentor the brightest scientists through the Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences Program as they open inventive new lines of research into cancer prevention, accelerating their research with integrative programming from the diverse cores available at Baylor College of Medicine.