SER Visits

SER is committed to increasing the diversity of its membership and supporting an inclusive environment for everyone. We strive to promote the inclusion of faculty and students from diverse backgrounds, geographic areas, beliefs and orientations. Our new large-scale initiative, SER Visits, was developed with this mission in mind. SER Visits will engage epidemiologists and epidemiologists-in-training in the Society by having highly regarded SER researchers visit a diverse range of institutions. As a part of the visit:

  • The SER researcher will be give an interactive presentation in their area of expertise and meet with students, fellows, and junior faculty—in groups and one-on-one.

  • Students will be eligible to apply for a SER Travel Scholarship specifically designated for students at SER Visits institutions to travel to and attend the annual SER meeting. Applications for the SER Travel Scholarship will be made available to students in the weeks leading up to the visit.


    Travel Scholarships are sponsored by Columbia University Department of Epidemiology


Upcoming Events:

Dr. Lauren Wise Visits Florida!

Dr. Lauren A. Wise
Department of Epidemiology
Boston University School of Public Health


Event Date: February 21, 2019


“Environmental risk factors for subfertility: findings fromweb-based preconception cohort studies”

Overview: Dr. Wise is Professor of Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health. She will share recent research findings from Pregnancy Study Online (PRESTO) and Snart Foraeldre (“Soon Parents”), web-based cohort studies on time-to-pregnancy in North America and Denmark. The audience will learn about trends in fertility over time, potential explanations for these trends, and the strengths and challenges of using web-based methods in epidemiologic studies.

The University of Southern Florida, College of Public Health is located in Tampa, Florida. The College of Public Health has 241 faculty with regular, adjunct and affiliate appointments as well as 180 professional and support staff.  Degree programs are offered in multiple platforms to accommodate student needs. On-campus courses are available throughout the day and evening. The College offers almost 100 courses online, including 6 complete degree programs. The DrPH program mixes distance learning with condensed on-campus sessions.

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Dr. Jennifer Ahern Visits San Diego!

Dr. Jennifer Ahern
Associate Dean for Research
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
University of California, Berkeley

Event Date: March 5, 2019

“Leveraging Big Health Data to Answer Questions about Program and Policy Effects”

The San Diego State University (SDSU) School of Public Health (SPH) was founded in 1980 as part of the university’s new focus on health and human services. One of four nationally accredited schools of public health in California, and located in the most vibrant and culturally diverse areas of the country, the SPH provides many opportunities for education, research and community involvement.  The vision of the SPH is to be the leader in creating and advancing innovation and excellence in Public Health and its mission is to develop public health leaders, advance knowledge, and transform population health locally and globally through education, research, collaboration, and service to promote health equity for all. Geographically positioned close to the US-Mexico border, the SPH is a leader in Latino and Border Health research including research at our Imperial Valley Campus near the AZ/CA/Mexico border, and close partnerships with universities in Mexico. Read more

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Dr. Daniel Westreich Visits Florida International University!

Dr. Daniel Westreich
Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Event Date: April 12, 2019

“Beyond Internal Validity: Field Notes from the Methodological Borderlands”

Overview: the effect of smoking on risk of death is not the same as the effect of a smoking cessation intervention on risk of death – but we frequently act as if it is when considering policy. In this talk, I will describe the causal impact framework as a way of considering how to translate epidemiologic and scientific findings to decisions about public health policy. The causal impact framework considers first internal validity; then external validity; then population intervention impact; and (sometimes) cost-effectiveness analysis. I will describe both conceptual issues – how we can frame questions better, so they are more relevant to public health policy – and statistical issues, driven primarily by examples from the HIV literature. The causal impact framework shows one way forward to making epidemiologic findings more relevant to implementation science, and likewise ways in which the epidemiologist can more effectively coordinate with both health behaviorists and health policy scientists.

Our accredited programs at the Department of Epidemiology, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, Florida International University, equip students with strong analytic and quantitative skills to be successful in designing and conducting public health investigations, disease surveillance, innovative interventions and methodological research. In addition to MPH programs in Epidemiology and Infectious Disease Epidemiology and a PhD in Epidemiology, we offer a 1-year accelerated MPH program. We currently have 100 students enrolled in the MPH program and 16 students enrolled in the PhD program. Many of our graduates are working as epidemiologists for federal and state agencies, academia, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and health organizations and agencies.

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Past Events:

Dr. Timothy Lash Visits Arizona!

Congratulations to SER Visits – Travel Winner, Ellen Santos! Ellen received $1,000 in travel funds to attend the 2019 SER Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Student’s and Faculty from the University of Arizona, College of Public Health, joined Dr. Lash for a presentation on “Quantitative bias analysis: the good, the bad and the ugly”

The University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is dedicated to promoting the health of individuals and communities in the southwest and globally with an emphasis on achieving health equity through excellence in education, research and service.

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“I very much enjoyed my visit to the College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. I learned a lot about public health challenges unique to the state, including especially the response to health challenges emanating from changes to immigration policy. I also learned about the hazards (animal, insect, vegetation) of hiking in the nearby hills!”

Dr. Sandro Galea Visits Atlanta!

Congratulations to SER Visits You – Travel Winner, Sypriya Sarkar! Sypriya received $1,000 in travel funds to attend the 2018 SER Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.

Student’s joined Dr. Galea at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library on May 10th for his lecture on “Fifty Thoughts on the Foundations of Population Health”. Registered participants met with Dr. Galea prior to his event, for a 45 minute Question and Answer session. Following their discussion, individuals attended the lecture and book signing.

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“I thoroughly enjoyed talking to students at the SER Visits in Atlanta. What a privilege it is to have the opportunity to engage with colleagues across generations; I am grateful to SER for creating the opportunity.”

Dr. Enrique Schisterman Visits CUNY!


Congratulations to the SER Visits Travel Scholarship Winners – Ezinne Akpara and John Mancini! Ezinne and Johan will each receive $500 in travel funds to attend the 2018 SER Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.

CUNY School of Medicine is changing the faces in medicine, one graduating class at a time.  Our mission is simple—to recruit and nurture talented, highly motivated youth who are passionate about helping others, who dare to dream of becoming a health professional and who have the commitment to do it.  Our students come from underserved communities, of limited financial resources, and of racial/ethnic backgrounds historically underrepresented in the medical profession.

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“My engagement with the students of CUNY was one of the most exciting experiences I’ve had, they are both smart and committed to improving the lives of others.”