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UNC: Horney Founding Director of University of Delaware Epidemiology Program

Dr. Jennifer Horney is the founding director of the recently approved epidemiology program at the University of Delaware. Dr. Horney received her PhD and MPH from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where her research focused on the role of social factors in decision making during disasters.

The new program includes a master of public health (MPH) degree with a concentration in epidemiology. Students receive a comprehensive foundation of population health principles, epidemiological methods, biostatistics, and study design. Epidemiology areas of focus include disaster, field methods, environmental and cancer, among others.

A PhD degree in epidemiology is also offered. This program provides students who have a master’s degree and some experience in public health with advanced training in epidemiological research methods and their application to public health.

Dr. Horney also serves as core faculty at the UD Disaster Research Center. She is a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She was a member of a team of public health practitioners who responded to Hurricanes Isabel, Charley, Katrina, Wilma, Irene, and Harvey where she conducted rapid assessments of disaster impact on public health. She has also provided technical assistance to public health agencies globally around disasters, infectious disease outbreaks, and pandemic influenza planning and response.

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