Epidemiology

What factors determine and influence disease? Westat’s epidemiological research helps to understand the characteristics of disease, the prevalence of disease, and how disease affects society. Our health research encompasses more than 200 epidemiologic studies, including surveillance, assessment, and monitoring.

Project Highlights

Tracking and monitoring diabetes prevalence

Since 1980, the number of Americans diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripled, from 5.6 million to 20.9 million. States bear substantial responsibility for addressing the rising rates of...

Tracking cancer burden in Maryland

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is required by law to maintain a registry of all cancers diagnosed in Maryland. Hospitals, radiation therapy centers, ambulatory care facilities,...

Tracking the path to diabetes over time

More than 84 million Americans have elevated levels of glycemia. If not treated, the condition leads to type 2 diabetes , the 7th leading cause of death in the...

Veterans' exposure to burn pit emissions

At sites in Iraq and Afghanistan, the military burned its waste in open pits. The smoke contained pollutants that may have short- and long-term health effects in certain cases...

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