Letter from the Interim Chair

My own work on tobacco consumption and its health consequences led me to appreciate the importance of epidemiology in defining the scope of the global burden of tobacco-related diseases – there are over one billion smokers worldwide. This burden, however, is not equally distributed, with 80% of the world’s smokers living in low and middle income countries.

The Department of Epidemiology here at GPH NYU emphasizes research on social determinants of health - conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. Faculty are engaged in projects pertaining to key areas including social epidemiology, nutrition, HIV/AIDS, opiate and substance use disorders, and tobacco control. We also work closely with our biostatistics colleagues to implement modern data analytic methods (e.g., for causal inference), as well as employing computational modeling tools to imagine and test public health level interventions before they can be deployed in real-world settings.

At NYU we offer the opportunity to engage in learning and research on real-time, real-world epidemiology methods and interventions, with New York City as your urban laboratory. NYU’s vast global presence also enables cross-collaboration between GPH’s programs here at home and abroad with colleagues from many, diverse cultural contexts and unique challenges.

At NYU’s GPH you will be grounded in the solid science of modern epidemiology, and you will have an opportunity to launch your career onto the world stage where what you do will matter and make a difference.

We look forward to seeing you soon!


Raymond Niaura, PhD
Chair (interim), Department of Epidemiology
Professor, Departments of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Epidemiology


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