Epidemiology is a medical science, studying the frequency of diseases and researching factors affecting the health and illness of populations. Epidemiology serves as the foundation of interventions made in the interest of public health and preventive medicine. This is at the heart of the activities of the Department of Epidemiology.
Research within the Department of Epidemiology is done within the framework of two large cohort studies: The Rotterdam Study and Generation R and focuses on three programs: basic epidemiology, epidemiology of diseases and clinical epidemiology. Each program has a different focus and field of expertise. Basic Epidemiology includes research in the fields of genetic epidemiology, endocrinologic epidemiology and developmental epidemiology. Epidemiology of diseases includes scientific research in cardiovascular epidemiology, neuro-epidemiology, ophthalmic epidemiology and psychiatric epidemiology. Clinical Epidemiology comprises clinical epidemiology in collaboration with radiology, biostatistics and pharmaco-epidemiology.