Reflections on the Future of Epidemiology: How Students Can Inform Our Vision

Reflections on the Future of Epidemiology: How Students Can Inform Our Vision Curr Epidemiol Rep (2017) 4:259–261 INVITED COMMENTARY Reflections on the Future of Epidemiology: How Students Can Inform Our Vision Andrew F. Olshan Published online: 6 November 2017 Springer International Publishing AG 2017 As a professional epidemiologist for over 25 years and as a review, and potential implementation. These are derived with departmental chair for the last 11 years, I have come to appreciate my conversations with students here at the University of North a bit of the long view. That perspective gained from a multitude Carolina as well as students across the country. In general, of experiences in research, training, and service. For decades, these have been in the context of doctoral training but certain- ly apply to master’sstudents aswell. there has been much discussion on what’s most important in epidemiology, what is the future of epidemiology, for example, debates on the underlying theories of epidemiology and disease causation, epidemiology methods, contrasting the importance of Policy and Public Health Practice Relevant biologic and social factors, and 18 the call for “consequential” to Epidemiology epidemiology [1–3]. These discussions continue to play out at national meetings and in print and represent a healthy and ex- Students appreciate the theory, the Current Epidemiology Reports Springer Journals

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