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Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology Training program Johns Hopkins University

Bloomberg School of Public Health
Grant #: T32 HL007024
Program Director: Josef Coresh,
Co-director: Elizabeth Selvin,

Trainees Supported: 7 Pre-doctoral and 5 post-doctoral

Areas of Emphasis: biology, behavior, treatment and prevention of cardiovascular diseases

Program Summary:

Established in 1975, the Johns Hopkins Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology Training Program focuses on interdisciplinary training on the epidemiology of the leading cause of death in the United States. The program integrates knowledge on all aspects of cardiovascular disease: biology, behavior, treatment and prevention. Training emphasizes a collaborative approach and active participation in research. A number of large ongoing cohort studies (e.g. ARIC, MESA, CHS, ELSA) and clinical trials (e.g. DASH, LOOK-AHEAD, POWER) provide a rich environment for the conduct of research. The main didactic course focuses on risk factors for cardiovascular disease and strategies for prevention. Seminar-style courses offer a more in-depth understanding of disease pathophysiology and clinical management. Pre-doctoral trainees pursue a doctorate in epidemiology. Post-doctoral trainees come from a wide range of disciplines. Physicians usually pursue a Masters degree along with clinical fellowship in general internal medicine, cardiology, or endocrinology at Hopkins. Research post-docs pursue an individualized mentored research program. The strengths of the program include the existing depth of interest and expertise in cardiovascular disease epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, as well as the enthusiasm, commitment, and experience in training and mentorship of the Program Director (Joe Coresh), Program Co-director (Liz Selvin) and faculty (see web page). Many trainees are based in the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research and are mentored by individuals active in both population-based and clinical research. Among other outstanding collaborations, the program benefits from close ties with the Johns Hopkins University divisions of General Internal Medicine, Cardiology (including the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease) and Endocrinology as well as the department of biostatistics and the institute for human genetics. Data collection benefits from close affiliation with the George W. Comstock Center in Hagerstown (~25-35 staff) and PRO-HEALTH in Baltimore (~15-50 staff).

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Last updated: June 2014

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