Division of Epidemiology

The Division of Epidemiology is committed to:

  • Conducting research to enhance and expand our understanding of the distribution and determinants of disease
  • Promoting collaboration aimed at translating research into cost-effective strategies of disease prevention and health care delivery
  • Training independent investigators in epidemiology research and disease prevention

Our faculty share a broad interest in the research of genetics, nutrition, and other lifestyle and environmental factors.

Impactful research that makes a difference 

Current research areas include epidemiology of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, infectious diseases, and reproductive outcomes. Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center investigators direct more than two dozen NIH-funded research projects, including three large population-based prospective cohort studies with over 225,000 study participants.

Other ongoing studies include multiple large case-control studies of cancer and follow-up studies of cancer survivors, which evaluate various risk factors and biomarkers, including gene-environment interactions.

Strategic partnerships to improve human health 

The Division of Epidemiology and the Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center have considerable strengths in international epidemiologic research and training and have close ties with multiple domestic and international institutions, furthering our mission to improve the health of human beings.

Director, Division of Epidemiology
Department of Medicine

Wei Zheng, MD, PhD, MPH, is the Anne Potter Wilson Professor in Medicine, Director of the Division of Epidemiology, and Director of the Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He also serves as the Associate Director for Population Sciences Research at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.


to the Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center

Your contribution to the Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center will provide crucial supports for us to conduct research and train next generation scientists to understand how dietary intakes and other lifestyle factors, environment exposures, and their interactions with genetic make-ups contribute to the development of common diseases such as cancer, stroke, diabetes, hypertension, and coronary heart diseases and provide valuable information for disease prevention.