W. LAWRENCE BEESON, Program Director
This concentration is designed for persons interested in a career studying the relationship of risk factorsto a variety of disease outcomes (e.g., the effect of nutrients, inactivity, stress, high blood pressure,environmental exposure, obesity, or immunologic characteristics on heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, longevity, infectious diseases, reproductive outcome, etc.).
Concentration-specific prerequisites in addition to prerequisites required for the degree
At least four of the following courses:
• Anatomy and physiology
• Cancer biology
• Cell biology
• General biology
• Human anatomy*
• Human phsyiology*
• Molecular biology
• Vertebrate anatomy
• Biochemistry (one course)
Research and forums
During their program, students are required to attend a minimum of twenty forums in the Department
of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Population Medicine; and/or in the Adventist Health Study.
In order to obtain a degree, the student is required to successfully complete the culminating activity as
required by the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Population Medicine. The culminating
activity consists of research, including a written report and oral presentation; professional portfolio (upon
completion of the research); a field practicum; and an exit interview with the department chairs (at the
conclusion of the program).