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Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Chronic Disease Epidemiology: In Conversation with the Yale School of Public Health Department Chair

"Chronic conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, they’re common, they’re costly, and they’re highly preventable," says Judith Lichtman, Chair of the Chronic Disease Epidemiology Department at the Yale School of Public Health. "And are also becoming much more prominent globally."

In this video, Lichtman discusses the department's work on cancer risk factors and recovery, the association between discrimination and heart disease, the impact of health inequities on recurrent stroke rates, and health messaging across different communities.

Our Research

The mission of the Chronic Disease Epidemiology Department (CDE) is to advance the public's health by promoting a research-based approach to the prevention and management of chronic disease and educating future leaders of the field. The department aims to enhance understanding of the determinants of chronic diseases in populations and how to intervene most effectively to reduce morbidity and mortality due to chronic diseases. In the Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology, emphasis is placed on the fields of cancer, cardiovascular disease, perinatal and reproductive epidemiology, psychosocial epidemiology, HIV/AIDS, aging, and genetic epidemiology. CDE graduates take positions in governmental, non-profit, for-profit, and research organizations across the country and around the world.