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UCSD Cardiovascular Epidemiology Fellowship

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Grant #: T32 HL079891
Program Director: Michael H. Criqui, MD, MPH,
Co-Director: Bess Marcus, PhD,
Contact: Nova Rogers,

Trainees Supported: Predoctoral and Postdoctoral

Areas of Emphasis: CVD epidemiology and prevention, behavioral medicine

Program Summary:

The objective of our T32 training grant entitled “Integrated Cardiovascular Epidemiology Fellowship" is to rigorously train predoctoral and postdoctoral population and behavioral scientists in epidemiologic and behavioral research methods focused on preventing cardiovascular diseases by a) providing trainees with an integrated, comprehensive, and intensive 2-year research training experience in cardiovascular disease prevention and/or behavioral medicine, b) linking trainees with highly experienced and dedicated mentors who will supervise the research experience and evaluate their progress and 3) providing instruction to these trainees on multiple related components of the research process, including didactic coursework on epidemiology and /or behavioral medicine, protection of human subjects in research, confidentiality requirements, elements of appropriate and unbiased analysis of data, and, after the completion of training, finding the appropriate venue to utilize their skills.

The training program is located in the Division of Preventive Medicine in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

This program began in 2007 with a broadly defined focus on epidemiology and prevention. Over the last four years we have learned that while all trainees are focused on prevention, some have primarily an epidemiologic focus and others are more interested in behavioral medicine in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. For this reason, the Director has extensive research experience and a training record in cardiovascular epidemiology, while the Co-Director has a similar depth of research and training experience in cardiovascular behavioral medicine.

Faculty for this program have been recruited not only from this Division but from several other divisions in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, as well as from other Departments in the School of Medicine, including Medicine and Psychiatry. Similarly, faculty have been recruited from the San Diego State University Graduate School of Public Health, which has teaching programs in both epidemiology and health behavior. In addition, the University of California and San Diego State University jointly sponsor two doctoral programs closely linked to this proposal: Public Health (with concentrations in Epidemiology, Health Behavior, and Global Health) and Clinical Psychology.

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Last updated: June 2014

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