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Program Leadership

Matthew Allison, M.D., M.P.H., Director

The T32 program provides a unique opportunity for training in preventive and epidemiologic aspects of cardiovascular disease. In this, a major strength is the broad range of interest of the participants. Faculty interests span the spectrum from basic experimental research to the clinical investigation. The ability to interact with individuals with expertise in so many areas has been of great value to me, and of extraordinary value to the trainees. Discussing topics which range from normal human physiology to in patient disease offers an enormous opportunity to both learn and discover.

David Strong, Ph.D., Co-Director

With an ongoing training focus on behavioral and lifestyle factors that contribute to cardiovascular disease morbidity and mortality, T32 faculty facilitate understanding the behavioral causes of cardiovascular disease and the development and implementation of effective prevention interventions. This T32 program offers structured training and connectivity throughout the Wertheim School of Public Health, San Diego State University School of Public Health, and UC San Diego School of Medicine which organize a wealth of experienced researchers ready to engage trainees in ongoing clinical, community-based, global health, and policy-oriented research of the epidemiology and prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Jan M. Hughes-Austin, P.T., Ph.D., Associate Director

As a former T32 Postdoctoral Fellow in this program, I benefited from the freedom, guidance, and support to pursue my own research direction in cardiovascular disease epidemiology, which is very much encouraged. The diversity of mentorship, including those outside of the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health as well as outside of UC San Diego is a key aspect of individual development; and it also serves the broader community. The strength of our faculty mentors and the relationships nurtured have been instrumental in my personal success as well as the success of the fellows who have completed this program.


Harpreet Bhatia, M.D., M.A.S., Assistant Director

I have personal experience with the T32 program as a graduate of the fellowship. Through the program, I gained the tools and resources needed to help launch my research career including significant protected time, direct one-on-one mentorship, the ability to obtain didactic training in epidemiology, exploring diverse areas of research through the seminars, expanding my critical thinking through the weekly meetings and journal clubs, and developing a nationwide network of mentors and collaborators. The experience was very valuable for developing a strong foundation in the fundamentals of cardiovascular epidemiological research, and also developing a track record in research with presentations, publications and invited lectures.

Michael H. Criqui, M.D., M.P.H., Senior Advisor

The goal of our T32 training program is to train talented students and professionals to become future contributors to and leaders in the field of the epidemiology and prevention of CVD. To this end we have designed a broad-based training program with a diverse and highly qualified faculty in order to bridge a wide range of interests in this discipline. Faculty come primarily, but not exclusively from the UC San Diego School of Medicine and the SDSU Graduate School of Public Health.

Executive Committee

  • Matthew Allison, M.D., M.P.H.
  • Jan Hughes-Austin, P.T., Ph.D.
  • David Strong, Ph.D.