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The overall objective of the cardiovascular epidemiology training program is to produce cardiovascular disease epidemiologists with training of sufficient rigor and multidisciplinary orientation to carry out high quality research in cardiovascular disease issues, and to prepare them to serve as teachers and role models of excellence for the next generation of cardiovascular disease epidemiologists.
Trainees will receive a strong foundation in cardiovascular disease epidemiology, which will equip them to utilize new approaches in their research as the knowledge base in biology evolves. In addition, the program will stress the importance of new ideas, of creative thinking and of interdisciplinary discussion, and collaboration in the accomplishment of epidemiologic research goals.
The four core elements of the training program, similar for both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral trainees, are:
- Didactic course work in epidemiology, including specific course work in cardiovascular disease epidemiology:
- Participate in weekly cardiovascular epidemiology journal club, three seminar series, and a research in progress meeting;
- Conduct analysis of an existing cardiovascular disease epidemiology data set (normally started during the first year of training, to be submitted for publication in the second year);
- Conduct a thesis research project, normally beginning in the second or third year of training (for doctoral students involves original data collection).
The duration of the training varies in order to meet the needs of the individual trainees:
- Pre-doctoral students: PhD training in epidemiology including course work and original data collection leading to a publishable thesis (4-5 years)
- Post-doctoral students: Masters of Health Science in epidemiology including a year of course work followed by a publishable research project (2-years)
Areas of special emphasis:
Genetic and molecular epidemiology
Diabetes and kidney disease
Environmental epidemiology of cardiovascular diseases
Non-traditional measurements of cardiovascular disease endpoints and exposures
Translational epidemiology (application to medical practice and prevention)
Links between epidemiology and public policy