Zhongzheng Niu

Zhongzheng Niu is a current Epidemiology PhD student.

How did you become interested in epidemiology as your field of study?

I became interested in epidemiology and environmental health when I was on a project looking at the association and mechanism between secondhand smoke exposure during pregnancy and birth weight. I found epidemiology to be a powerful tool, used to investigated the real cause of diseases scientifically. Through the knowledge gained in this field, I also believe that epidemiology has the great potential to improve public health.

Why did you choose UB?

I chose UB for its reputation based on the numerous prestigious research achievements and the rigorous doctorate training program offered in epidemiology.

Tell us more about your experience in the Epidemiology PhD program?

My experience in this program has been nothing short of amazing.  The quality of the courses is outstanding and I have had many opportunities to gain research experience. The department itself is also very supportive.  It is like one big family!

What do you enjoy the most about the Epidemiology PhD program?

I would say my favorite thing about this program is the rigorous training in the epidemiological intuitions.

How does receiving a degree from UB SPHHP set you apart?

Receiving my doctorate in epidemiology from UB will definitely help me in the future.  I know I will be prepared to conduct the research I want to pursue and I'll be able to realize a career path in the future.