Epidemiology (from Greek “epi” = upon and “demos”= the people) is the study of factors that influence health and disease occurrence in populations, and the scientific foundation of public health preventive medicine.

Mission and Objectives

As a world-class program on epidemiologic research of cancer, the mission of American Cancer Society’s Epidemiology Research Program is to conduct and communicate high quality epidemiologic research to advance our understanding of cancer causes, prevention and survivorship and thereby reduce the burden of cancer. Our specific goals are to:

  • Conduct and publish research to increase our knowledge of the environmental, behavioral, and biologic causes of cancer and cancer survivorship.
  • Communicate research to inform and motivate cancer prevention and survivorship strategies, policies, and practice.
  • Establish the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3), a large multi-ethnic US cohort to identify causes of cancer and reduce cancer burden.

The Epidemiology Research Program is headed by Dr. Susan Gapstur, PhD, MPH, Vice President of Epidemiology.