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Aging and Health

Concentration in the Epidemiology of Aging

The aging of populations is an incontrovertible trend in both the developing and the developed worlds. In the U.S., the population of those 65 and over will double in the coming decades. There is an urgent need for public health professionals who specialize in aging to address the needs of this growing segment of the population.

The concentration in the Epidemiology of Aging is intended for master's, doctoral and postdoctoral students who wish to conduct work in older populations. It aimsto provide advanced training to epidemiologists interested in the major public health and clinical issues relevant to older adults, and the conceptual and methodological framework that form a basis for studies of older populations.

There is emphasis on the study of the epidemiology of physical and cognitive function decline, as well as sub-clinical and clinical chronic diseases, particularly as they relate to novel opportunities for primary, secondar, and/or tertiary prevention of disability and frailty in older adults.

Students will become familiar with major observational and experimental epidemiologic studies that have been conducted in older populations. They will also develop the practical skills and knowledge to study the heterogeneous group of older adults from a gerontological, epidemiologic perspective.

Program Curriculum
This area of concentration includes specialized coursework in aging from several departments at the Bloomberg School built upon a strong foundation in epidemiology and biostatistics. As gerontology (the science of aging) is an exceptionally broad and interdisciplinary endeavor, students are encouraged to work closely with their advisers to accommodate specific research and career development interests.

Second-year students are required to develop a research project related to the study of aging in collaboration with their adviser. The project will typically involve collaboration on an epidemiologic study of older populations that is ongoing at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.

Research Projects
Research and teaching in aging is supported by the activities of the Center on Aging and Health (COAH), a multidisciplinary, cross-school research center.

COAH has close ties with the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, and with the departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Training Program/Funding
COAH is also the home of a National Institutes of Health-funded training grant in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics of Aging, led by Karen Bandeen-Roche, PhD. This grant provides funding to doctoral and predoctoral fellows who apply and are accepted to the training program.

To be eligible for the training grant, students need to be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Those who are interested in the training grant should contact Brian Buta ( for additional information.

For more information:
Please visit the Department of Epidemiology website:

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Academic Events

Epidemiology and Biostatistics of Aging Research in Progress Meetings

Center on Aging and Health's Scientific Seminars Series

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COAH and the Bloomberg School of Public Health offer coursework in gerontology and aging related health topics. Please click here to learn more. 

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