Toni P. Miles

Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Curriculum Vitae

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Epidemiology & Biostatistics


MD, Howard University, College of Medicine

PhD, Neuroanatomy, Howard University

Internal Medicine Residency, Washington Hospital Center

Post Doctoral Fellowship, Epidemiology, National Institute on Aging, NIH

Areas of Expertise

Research: public health law research, end of life care, dementia

Teaching: chronic disease, introductory epidemiology


Gerontological Society of America

Georgia Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia Council

Course Instruction

EPID7010 Introduction to Epidemiology

EPID8400 Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Also available for seminar courses based on student interest.

Dr. Miles’ is passionate about teaching the fundamentals of epidemiology. In particular, its application to public health and chronic disease. In her classes students learn to formulate a public health problem, apply epidemiologic methods to its measurement, and to develop brief reports providing recommendations for actions to address the problem.

Research Interests

Dr. Miles’ interest in chronic disease and its impact on mortality, health care and the development of functional limitations has long been a focus of her research career. Working in a trans-disciplinary team, she explores chronic disease development and public health focus from multiple perspectives: population health; population genetics; grief as a risk factor for illness; person centered medical care and public policy.

Selected Publications

Miles TP et al. In a Longevity Society, Loss and Grief Are Emerging Risk Factors for Health Care Use: Findings From the Health and Retirement Survey Cohort Aged 50 to 70 Years. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2016 Feb;33(1):41-6. PubMed PMID: 25258335.

Brown and Miles. 2016. Refusing to admit defeat: Physicians’ reluctance to discuss end of life care. Palliative Medicine & Care, In press.

Patient-Centered Medical Homes and the Care of Older Adults, John A Hartford Change Agents Network. 2016 (

Miles TP. Health reform and disparities: History, hype, hope. NY,NY: Praeger.ABC-CLIO; 2012.

Most popular papers still being cited:
Hayward, Miles, Crimmins, Yang. 2001. The significance of socioeconomic status in explaining the racial gap in chronic health conditions. American sociological review, 910-930 (35 Citations in 2016)

Roach and Miles. 1991. Normal hip and knee active range of motion: the relationship to age. Physical therapy 71 (9), 656-665 (22 citations in 2016).


Health Policy talk: University of Texas

End of Life Talk