Section of Epidemiology – University of Copenhagen

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Epidemiology is a fundamental science for understanding the health status of individuals and populations. It is an essential discipline to unravel individual risks and improve clinical care as well as understand determinants of public health and how to prevent the burden of disease. 

Section of Epidemiology contributes to the development of the field of theoretical epidemiology, with a specific focus on causal inference, complexity and life course epidemiology. The dynamic interplay between genes, environment and health across the life course and across generations are objects of research in the section. We aim to exploit and enrich the existing population data and we benefit from the unique ability to link registers in Denmark. Our research is interdisciplinary and we leverage knowledge and insights from other disciplines.

Section of Epidemiology coordinates teaching and training in epidemiology at various levels. Our aim is to empower the students with the critical thinking and methodological skills they need to address future public health challenges. Education is a lifelong process and we offer qualified training and mentoring at all levels from undergraduate and graduate teaching to post graduate training of researchers and clinicians with an interest in, or need of epidemiology.

The section ultimately aims at improving public health by contributing to development of the knowledge base about the determinants of health and disease, the modifiability of these determinants, and the potential utility of transferring this knowledge to public health actions. To this end, the Section is engaged in integrating the knowledge with that of other pertinent disciplines in close collaboration with public health professionals.