Who We Are

The Practice, Research and Mentorship in Epidemiology (PRIME) team is a multidisciplinary research and training group for graduate and undergraduate students interested in using epidemiological methods to study public health issues ranging from infant and maternal health to the surveillance and control of infectious disease and environmental exposures. The group, originally created as the Zika Working Group in 2017, is lead by Dr. José Cordero, Patel Distinguished Professor and department head, and Dr. Michael Welton in the UGA College of Public Health Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

What Do We Do

The PRIME team consists of both faculty and students interested in epidemiological research. The PRIME projects are tackled within groups, composed of multiple different teams, each led by a PhD student or team of PhD students. Each team has its own specific area of research. For example, the one PRIME team project focused on conducting Zika-related systematic reviews and meta analyses, and a second group studying the vector control of Zika virus.  For student members, the PRIME provides opportunities to interact with faculty, apply epidemiological research methods to projects, present at conferences, and earn course credit. 

How Can You Contact Us?

Dr. Michael Welton, Faculty Leader
Stephanie Eick, Student Leader

Practice, Research and Mentorship in Epidemiology (PRIME)
University of Georgia College of Public Health
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
B.S. Miller Hall
101 Buck Road, Health Sciences Campus
Athens, GA 30602

  • Current Projects
    Arboviral Disease Transmission

    The Zika Work Group is undertaking two systematic reviews looking at how arbovirus incidence changes as a result of natural disasters.

    Additional Ongoing Projects
    • Co-Infections and Zika
    • Zika Virus and Policy Changes
  • Presentations
    Highlighted Presentations
    1. Casey Lawrence, Stephanie Eick, Ariella Perry Dale, and Michael Welton (2017 – forthcoming). Zika and Blood Transfusions. Presentation at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
    2. AUTHORS LIST PENDING (2017 – forthcoming). PRESENTATION TITLE PENDING.  Presentation at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.