Epidemiology

Head of Department: Dr. Galit Weinstein

Aims of the teaching program

Epidemiology constitutes an important scientific basis for research and practice in both medicine and public health.

The central goal of the program is to train students to be able to independently design and carry out diverse types of medical and epidemiological research, such as etiological research intended to identify and characterize causes of disease and interactions between genetic and environmental factors . In addition, the program focuses on research methods intended to understand the natural history of disease and its prognosis, the evaluation of novel interventions and treatments, and research on the evaluation and quality of health services.

In addition to the training in research methods, the program will enhance the ability of students to interpret and analyze epidemiologic data, to extract and analyze information from medical registries and to develop and evaluate decision making in public health policy for prevention or early detection of diseases.

Research

Some of the research projects in the department include studies of risk factors for cancer among holocaust survivors, risk factors for fatty liver, compliance with and response to influenza vaccines, risk communication during infectious disease emergencies, risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Faculty members

The faculty members generally come from the fields of medicine, nutrition and biology.