About Epidemiology

The mission of the Department of Epidemiology is to contribute to the reduction of the disease burden in human populations through research, education, and service.

Our research mission is met by study into the risk of disease associated with inherent, acquired, social, and environmental factors, and by the development and application of methods to alleviate that risk ranging from primary prevention through service provision to modification of social systems. Faculty and students pursue this mission through research projects conducted both by individuals and by multidisciplinary teams.

The department’s service mission requires that faculty and students provide service as advisors and consultants to health professionals and agencies at the state, national, and international levels.


  • 31 Instructional Faculty
  • 15 Research and Clinical Faculty
  • 20 Joint Faculty
  •  4 Adjunct Faculty
  • 213 students
  • 2700 + alumni

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Epid Department has a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee composed of students (MPH and PhD), staff, and faculty that works closely with the school-wide DEI Committee. The committee is charged with providing recommendations to the Chair of the department on how to enhance diversity (student, faculty, and staff recruitment), equity, and climate (inclusion) within the department. 

Mission Statement

The cultivation of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) cannot be separated from our pursuit of continued excellence in teaching, research, and practice. Public health requires us to recognize the inherent worth of individuals and communities. The mission of the DEI committee is to continually and actively uphold and integrate DEI principles into the fabric of the department. Doing this requires us to ensure that the voices of students, postdocs, faculty, and staff are represented, promoting shared ownership of DEI practices by all members of our community. Our role is to embed DEI principles into the policies and procedures of the department and collaborate to facilitate DEI activities.

Vision Statement

We aspire to be a community that understands that diversity, equity, and inclusion are interconnected and inextricably linked with successful critical thinking, innovation, and collaboration, all of which are needed to achieve excellence in public health teaching, research, and practice.  We will recognize that we are representatives of a global society, acknowledging and respecting our differences.  We will commit to ensuring everyone has what they need to succeed regardless of background, lived-experience, beliefs, and identities and to elevate voices so that everyone is represented in our collective decision making.  We will foster an atmosphere of trust and respect so that individuals feel safe and can thrive as part of our community, with explicit recognition that inclusion cannot be realized without simultaneously addressing equity and diversity.  We will appreciate that sustainable, long-term change requires active and intentional practice.

Contact Us

Admissions Coordinator: Nancy Francis, nhellner@umich.edu

Student Services Coordinator: Elvira Rivera, eromero@umich.edu

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Department of Epidemiology
School of Public Health
University of Michigan
1415 Washington Heights, 4667 SPH I
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029