Steven A. Cohen, DrPH, MPH

Dr. Steven Cohen

DrPH, Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Certificate in Healthcare Finance and Management, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 2007

MPH, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Tufts University, 2003

BA, Biology, Minor in Mathematics, Brandeis Univeristy, 2001

Research Interests/Current Projects:

Steve researches the population dynamics of aging in the United States and their implications on population health, health care services, and disease patterns. As a public health demographer and social epidemiologist, Steve’s research focuses on incorporating demographic methods to enhance epidemiological inquiry so as to better understand the proximate and distal factors impacting aging on both the population and individual levels. Steve’s current research is concentrated in three major areas: (1.) the social epidemiology of informal, family caregiving to older adults and its impacts on the health of the caregiver, (2.) modeling spatiotemporal and demographic trends in Medicare utilization in older adults, and (3.) impacts of the growing population of older adults on the distribution and welfare of the health care labor force in the US.

Steve also teaches Population Health, a longitudinal course designed to introduce medical students to the major concepts in the social determinants of health outside of the clinic. He also teaches Epidemiologic Methods for MPH students and is the facilitator for the Epidemiology Journal Club. In addition, he advises MPH and PhD students in the Division of Epidemiology.

What brought you to VCU and/or Public Health:

Steve was previously a faculty member at Tufts University School of Medicine for four years before coming to VCU. During this time, Steve worked on a variety of public health and medical studies and taught several classes.

Steve came to VCU to have the opportunity to work with the outstanding epidemiologists, graduate students, and other health professionals at VCU to research critical issues in aging and health.

Hobbies or an interesting factoid:

Hobbies: traveling, hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, cooking (and occasionally failing at that), watching mindless comedy TV shows and movies, and (hopefully someday) pie-eating contests.

Interesting factoid: Steven still has the apron from his first real job in high school nearly 20 years ago: grocery store cashier.