NIH T32 Neuro-Epidemiology Training Program

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Welcome to the Fellowship Training Program in Neuro-Epidemiology.

Since its inception in 1981, the Neuro-Epidemiology Training Program (NETP) at Columbia University Irving Medical Center has been preparing academically-oriented neurologists and neuroscientists for dynamic careers in research and academic medicine. Led by program graduate Dr. Joshua Z Willey, MD, MS and Dr. Yian Gu, PhD, the NETP draws on the strength and experience of more than 30 expert faculty members from the Departments of Neurology, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and the interdisciplinary Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center. Until very recently, the NETP was the only National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded program of its kind, and it is widely-regarded as the preeminent neuro-epidemiology training program in the nation.

Our Program

The aim of the 2-year NETP is to train clinical fellows in the techniques and methodologies of epidemiologic research and biostatistics. The NETP is conducted in combination with a clinical neurology fellowship at Columbia (e.g., movement disorders, stroke, epilepsy, aging and dementia, critical care neurology, etc.), so that trainees exit the program with valuable research and clinical skills expertise. This exceptional program affords NETP participants the opportunity to integrate clinical and methodological fellowship training and to compete for federal and other grant opportunities, thereby launching their careers as clinician investigators. Trainees complete the program with the tools they need to design, implement, and independently investigate clinical and epidemiological studies on diseases of the nervous system. Some trainees are PhD scientists with backgrounds in public health fields.

Each year, two outstanding applicants are accepted to the program, so that there are four trainees in the NETP at any one time (i.e., two first-year and two second-year trainees). Candidates interested in environmental health sciences, health policy and management, and other areas of Public Health will be considered, and the opportunity to tailor their own program is a distinct possibility.

In addition to clinical training, which accounts for 20%-30% of the program, the stimulating, two-year Neuro-Epidemiology Training Program includes:

Structured, graduate level, didactic course work in epidemiology and biostatistics, leading to an MS degree from Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health (recommended but not required). For candidates with an MS or MPH, PhD, or DrPH, the opportunity exists for more advanced course work beyond that degree.

Hands-on mentored research projects, which can include work on large, on-going epidemiological studies utilizing multiple study designs, i.e. case-control and prospective cohort studies such as the Northern Manhattan Study (NOMAS) and Washington Heights–Inwood Columbia Aging Project (WHICAP), among others.

Many NETP graduates have made seminal contributions to neurological medicine and have risen to the top of their field as clinicians and investigators at leading universities and the NIH. Faculty mentors transition as many graduates as possible into mentored (NIH K series) career development awards. Many graduates go on to successfully obtain independent funding from the NIH and other sources.

Requirements and Eligibility

  1. Completion of Neurology residency or PhD/DrPH program in related field by time of start of fellowship
  2. US citizenship or green card holder (NIH requirement)
  3. Three strong letters of recommendation
  4. Statement of interest


When applying to any of the clinical neurology fellowship programs at Columbia, notify the program director that you are interested in combining that fellowship with the NIH T32 Neuro-Epidemiology Training Program. This should launch the application process.

Applications are reviewed by a diverse committee.


Fellowship Faculty

Faculty for this program include a large number of researchers from the neurology and epidemiology departments at Columbia.