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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, SERvisits, was developed with this mission in mind. SERvisits mutually engages epidemiologists and epidemiologists-in-training in the Society by having highly regarded SER researchers visit a diverse range of institutions, and having these institutions then choose individuals from under-represented backgrounds to attend the annual SER meeting. 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.

  • Epidemiologists-in-training will be eligible to apply for travel support, including the Susser-Stein Inclusion Award, specifically designated for individuals at SERvisits institutions to travel to and attend the annual SER meeting.


    Travel Scholarships are sponsored by SER and the Columbia University Department of Epidemiology Susser-Stein Inclusion Award

Upcoming Events:

SERvisits are currently being scheduled for the 2022 – 2023 years!

Past Events:

Dr. Magdalena Cerda Visits University of California, MERCED!

Dr. Magdalena Cerda

Department of Population Health
Center for Opioid Epidemiology and Policy
NYU Langone Health

Event Date: January 25, 2022

“Understanding and Reversing the Tide of the Opioid Overdose Epidemic”

Opioid overdoses now claim more lives per year than HIV/AIDS did at the height of the epidemic. An unknown but large number of people suffer from opioid use disorder and nonfatal overdose, which have devastating individual and societal consequences. Millions of dollars have been invested at the federal and state level to address this problem. We will discuss how the overdose epidemic has evolved, where it is concentrated, what do we know about its potential causes, and what is the current evidence on the most effective approaches to address it.

The University of California, Merced, located in the heart of California’s San Joaquin Valley, is the 10th and newest campus of the renowned University of California system. U.C. Merced’s Department of Public Health (housed in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts) is building a vibrant and diverse intellectual community with the goal of fostering scholarly excellence in public health. We offer an interdisciplinary PhD in Public Health as well as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Public Health. Our faculty and PhD students are actively engaged in advanced quantitative and mixed-methods research on a broad set of pressing public health issues. Current areas of focus include the population health impacts of policies related to immigration and tobacco, air pollution, the information environment, mental illness, and neighborhood characteristics.

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Dr. Jennifer Ahern visits The University of Kentucky!

Dr. Jennifer Ahern
Associate Dean for Research
Chancellor’s Professor of Public Health
Department of Epidemiology
University of California, Berkeley

Event Date: May 6, 2021

“Leveraging big health data to answer questions about program and policy effects”

Dr. Ahern will present on her exploration of ways to leverage existing large-scale population health data to answer questions about health impacts of changes in physical and social environments, and policy and program implementation. This work focuses on questions related to criminal justice and violence. Examples will be presented that include the changing distribution of suicide mortality, effects of gun shows on firearm mortality, and health impacts of the Mental Health Services Act in California.

The University of Kentucky has a broad range of resources centered on a single campus in the heart of the Bluegrass. The University of Kentucky established the College of Public Health to develop transformative solutions to health challenges through its teaching, research and service efforts. The College of Public Health is committed to quality in all of its education, research and service efforts. To prepare students to take advantage of these opportunities, the college offers a Bachelor of Public Health, a Master of Public Health, a Master of Health Administration, as well as a number of PhD programs both within the college and interdisciplinary in nature. The College faculty engage in a robust portfolio of research activities and guide millions of dollars annually in collaborative projects, with funding sources ranging from NIH and CDC, to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This extramural funding provides numerous opportunities for students to participate in ground-breaking researc

Dr. Marcia P. Jimenez visits Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública

Dr. Marcia P. Jimenez
Post-doctoral Research Fellow 
Department of Epidemiology
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health 

Event Date: January 27, 2021

“Machine Learning: Future directions in the study of spatial factors and mental health”

Mental health illness affects 1 in 5 older adults in the US, and have great health, social and economic impact on patients, families, and the healthcare system. Green space or trees and natural vegetation can provide mental health benefits through increased physical activity, social connection and reduced exposure to air pollution. We will discuss current knowledge on the association between green space and mental health, and what are the future directions in this research area using Machine Learning and advanced statistical models to evaluate health disparities. As the US population ages, it is crucial to expand treatment options for mental health, including interventions to modify the residential environment.

The National Institute of Public Health is one of the largest public health research centers in Latin America. Located in Mexico, INSP has campuses in Cuernavaca, Mexico City and Chiapas. INSP has seven research centers focusing in population health, infectious diseases, health systems, health surveys and evaluation, nutrition, vector-born diseases, and information for policy decision-making. INSP also hosts the centennial Mexico’s School of Public Health, where more than 500 students are enrolled in 24 post-graduate academic programs, from residency to doctoral level. INSP is an integral part of the National Health System and aims to improve public health through research, teaching and service.

Dr. Martha Werler Visits University of Montana!

The University of Montana’s School of Public & Community Health Sciences aims to graduate exceptional practitioners and researchers equipped with the skills and expertise to improve public health in their communities and around the world.  Located in Missoula, Montana, we offer both on-campus and online Master of Public Health, online graduate certificate, and an on-campus PhD in Public Health Studies programs.  Our MPH and PhD programs are accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.  We offer multiple dual degree options, including Masters of Social Work/MPH and Masters of Public Administration/MPH programs. 

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Dr. Sunni Mumford Visits Texas A&M!


Congratulations to Ravneet Kaur and Xiao Zhang! Ravneet and Xiao each received a Susser-Stein Travel Award of $500 to attend the 2020 SER Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. The Susser-Stein Travel Award is sponsored by Columbia University.

The Texas A&M School of Public Health is committed to transforming health through interdisciplinary inquiry, innovative solutions and development of leaders through the Aggie tradition of service to engage diverse communities worldwide.  The college offers the Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH), the Master of Public Health (MPH), the Master of Health Administration (MHA), the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH), the Doctor of Philosophy in Health Services Research (PhD), various minors and certificate programs.  Students pursuing the MPH have six concentration options:  biostatistics, health promotion and community health sciences, environmental health, occupational safety and health, epidemiology, and health policy and management.  Students use faculty as advisers, and each graduate student participates in a practicum.  The college is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

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“It was so great to have a chance to meet with the students and faculty at Texas A&M – to talk about opportunities with SER, science, and potential collaborations. I am so thankful for their hospitality and to see the generous donations of their department in combination with Columbia to be able to send two students to the SER Annual Meeting this year!”

Dr. Penny Howards Visits Georgia Southern University!


Susser-Stein Travel Award in the amount of $1000 will be given to an individual to attend the 2020 SER Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. Award winner details are coming soon!

The Susser-Stein Travel Award is sponsored by Columbia University.

At the Jiann-Ping-Hsu College of Public Health (JPHCOPH) at Georgia Southern University, students make direct positive impacts on health at local, state, national and global levels. The college offers the Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH), the Master of Public Health (MPH), and the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH). Students pursuing the MPH can concentrate in biostatistics, community health, environmental health, epidemiology, health policy and management, as well as a generalist concentration. Students pursuing the DrPH can concentrate in biostatistics, community health behavior and education, epidemiology, and public health leadership. The college is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Read more



“I enjoyed meeting the students and faculty at Georgia Southern.  It was interesting to learn about the similarities and differences between the Georgia Southern epidemiology program and the Emory program. I particularly valued the opportunity to meet with the students and discuss how to identify a dissertation topic and different possible career paths after graduation.  Everyone at Georgia Southern was extremely welcoming, and I thank SERVisits for creating this opportunity.  I look forward to seeing the recipient of the Susser-Stein travel award and others from the Georgia Southern community at the next SER meeting.”

Dr. Lauren Wise Visits Florida!



Congratulations to Rashida Jones! Rashida received a Susser-Stein Travel Award of $1000 to attend the 2019 SER Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Susser-Stein Travel Award is sponsored by Columbia University.

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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“It was a wonderful experience to visit faculty and students at University of South Florida. I am thankful for the opportunity to connect with individuals who would not typically come to SER and tell them more about all the valuable resources that SER has to offer. I am particularly grateful for Columbia’s support of the travel scholarships for student to the SER Annual Meeting!”

Dr. Daniel Westreich Visits Florida International University!

Congratulations to Semiu Gbadamosi! Semiu received a Susser-Stein Travel Award of $1000 to attend the 2019 SER Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Susser-Stein Travel Award is sponsored by Columbia University.

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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“I had a fabulous time talking with faculty and students at Florida International University, who were wonderful and gracious hosts. I hope we have more opportunities to interact in the future – perhaps at SER!”

Dr. Jennifer Ahern Visits San Diego!

Erin Delker
2019 SERvisits Travel Scholarship Winner

Sindana Ilango
2019 SERvisits Travel Scholarship Winner

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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“My visit to San Diego State University was valuable in so many ways. I was excited to learn about the interesting research projects that relate to their location near the Mexico border, and that involve integration with the military. It was a pleasure to get to know the students and faculty. I expect the connections made will contribute to strengthening collaboration at Schools of Public Health across the state of California.”

Dr. Timothy Lash Visits Arizona!

Congratulations to Ellen Santos! Ellen received a Susser-Stein Travel Award of $1000 to attend the 2019 SER Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Susser-Stein Travel Award is sponsored by Columbia University.

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.


“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.”