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Cancer Epidemiology

Curriculum and Faculty

The Cancer Epidemiology track offers a vibrant mix of didactic training, student-faculty discussions, and research experience in cancer etiology, prevention and control.

Three integrated training tracks are offered: cancer etiology and prevention, genetic epidemiology of cancer, and cancer control. Course offerings specific to the track include a two-term course “Etiologic and Preventive Aspects of Cancer” and an advanced second-year course “Methodologic Issues in Cancer Epidemiology.”

The Curriculum Includes

  • Didactic course work in epidemiology, including specific course work in cancer epidemiology
  • Participation in monthly cancer epidemiology journal club, seminar series, and research-in-progress meetings
  • Analysis of the existing cancer epidemiology data set

Students are required to complete the Epidemiology Department’s basic core curriculum in addition to the required course work for their track. There are course requirements for each track, as well as course requirements for each degree program. Each track is detailed in the Department’s academic guide. Click here to view the course requirements for the Cancer Epidemiology track.


Avonne Connor

Avonne E. Connor, PhD, MPH (Director)

Research interests: breast cancer, health disparities, ethnicity/race, obesity, Hispanic Americans, African Americans, cancer survival, polymorphisms/genetic variants, tumor phenotype, chronic inflammation, quality of life





Lorraine Dean

Lorraine T. Dean, ScD

Research interests: social determinants, cancer survivorship, economic burden, disparities






Gypsyamber D'Souza

Gypsyamber D'Souza, PhD, MPH, MS

Research interests: HPV, global cancer, cancer prevention, HIV, AIDS malignancy, STD, risk behavior, sexual behavior, cancer screening, epidemiologic methods, high risk populations, papillomavirus





Miranda Jones

Miranda Jones, PhD

Research interests: air pollution, arsenic, cancer, cardiovascular disease, environmental health disparites, epidemiology, health disparities, second-hand smoke, tobacco






Corinne Joshu

Corinne E. Joshu, PhD, MPH, MA

Research interests: epidemiology, prevention, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, adenomatous polyps, lifestyle, race, telomeres, inflammation, obesity, screening






Darcy Phelan-Emrick

Darcy F. Phelan-Emrick, DrPH, MHS

Research interests: epidemiology, applied, professional public health practice, chief epidemiologist, Baltimore, cancer, cervical cancer, HPV, screening, health disparities, health services research, evidence-based, teaching, learning, pedagogy, education





Elizabeth Platz

Elizabeth A. Platz, ScD, MPH

Research interests: epidemiology, prostate cancer, incidence and recurrence, benign prostatic hyperplasia, colorectal cancer, adenomatous polyps, diet, lifestyle, race, genetics, epigenetics, telomeres, inflammation, insulin, obesity, sex steroid hormones, vitamin D




Anne Rositch

Anne Fortino Rositch, PhD, MSPH

Research interests: global cancer epidemiology, low-resource settings, cervical cancer, cancer prevention and early detection, cancer in HIV/AIDS, epidemiological methods, health and economic outcomes modeling, implementation science, cancer disparities and care equity, women's cancers




Kala Visvanathan

Kala Visvanathan, MD, FRACP, MHS

Research interests: etiology, tissue- and blood-based early detection and prognostic biomarkers (genetics, epigenetics, telomeres, Vitamin D), risk assessment/stratification, repurposing medication, primary and secondary prevention of breast and ovarian cancer



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