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At New Brunswick and Newark


Journal Club

The Department of Epidemiology conducts Journal Club every Fall and Spring semester where doctoral students are given the opportunity to present and rigorously discuss and critique epidemiology literature.  Articles are chosen by department faculty and the frequency is decided based on the number of presenters who wish to present.  Journal club is organized by a faculty representative and a doctoral student for each semester.  They take place on Tuesdays from 5 to 6 pm in Room 206 at the SPH building in Piscataway.  Generally, one presenter is assigned for each session and they get 30 to 40 minutes for their presentation and the remaining time is assigned for discussion.  Doctoral students are expected to attend the journal club and actively participate in the discussion along with the faculty.  These discussions are a great way of preparing students for their qualifying exams and to create an active research environment.  Master students are also encouraged to attend.

Spring 2015 Schedule


  • Tuesday, February 24 - Elizabeth Szamreta, "Neighborhood Factors Associated with Time to Resolution Following an Abnormal Breast or Cervical Cancer Screening Test" (Faculty: Adana Llanos)


  • Tuesday, March 24 - Cathleen Xing, "Violent Reinjury and Mortality among Youth Seeking Emergency Department Care for Assault-Related Injury: A 2-Year Prospective Cohort Study" (Faculty: Bernadette Hohl)


  • Tuesday, March 31 - Zhuliang Tao, "A Longitudinal Cohort Study of Body Mass Index and Childhood Exposure to Secondhand Tobacco Smoke and Air Pollution: The Southern Califonia Children's Health Study" (Faculty: Elizabeth Marshall)


  • Tuesday, April 7 - Michelle Manderski, "The Performance of Different Propensity-Score Methods for Estimating Relative Risks" (Faculty: Sheenu Chandwani)


  • Tuesday, April 21 - Joel Swerdel, "Lifetime Cumulative Risk Factors Predict Cardiovascular Disease Mortality in a 50-year Follow-up Study in Finland" (Faculty: Teresa Janevic)


  • Tuesday, May 5 - Susan Gabriel, "Mobile Phone Use and Stress, Sleep Disturbances, and Symptoms of Depression among Young Adults - a Prospective Cohort Study" (Faculty: Judith Graber)

MPH Brown Bag Epidemiology Lecture Series

The Department of Epidemiology conducts an MPH Brown Bag Epidemiology Lecture Series. The goal is to create opportunities for students to be exposed to real world epidemiology in a comfortable environment where they can ask questions about research and careers.

Session are held 12:00pm-1:00pm in Conference Room 334 at the School of Public Health, PIscataway. Feel free to bring you lunch; beverages and treats will be provided. Master's and doctoral students, as well as faculty and research staff, are encouraged to attend.

Spring 2015 Schedule

  • Monday, March 23 - Kim Cervantes, MA, MPH, CIC, Coordinator, Regional Epidemiology Program, NJDOH - Communicable Disease Service
    "Plague in NJ? A Joint Public Health/Law Enforcement Investigation"

  • Monday, April 20 - Katherine W. Bauer, PhD MS, Assistant Professor of Public Health Center for Obesity Research and Education, Temple University
    "Family matters? The importance of the family environment to adolescent obesity"

  • Monday, May 18 - Bhavani Sathya, MPH, NJIIS Coordinator, Vaccine Preventable Disease Program, New Jersey Department of Health
    "Public Health Data Systems:  An Overview of the New Jersey Immunization Information System (NJIIS)"