Dr. Shoham completed his PhD in Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005, with an emphasis on life course social epidemiology and kidney disease. Following that, he stayed on at UNC to complete a 2-year fellowship in cardiovascular epidemiology. In 2007, he was hired as Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences.
Dr. Shoham’s current research interests focus on social determinants of obesity. He is co-Principal Investigator on the Modeling Obesity through Simulation (MOTS) project, funded by NICHD (U01-HD061978). This project focuses on peer, family, neighborhood, and school influences on childhood obesity using social network analysis and agent-based modeling and simulation (ABMs). He is also co-investigator on the NIDDK-funded Modeling the Epidemiologic Transition (METS) project, where he is studying the relationship of occupation and wealth to energy expenditure among African-origin populations in 5 contexts (Maywood, USA; Ghana; Jamaica; the Seychelles; and South Africa).
Dr. Shoham is the Admission Director for the MPH program, and Graduate Program Director for the Epidemiology track. For the 2012-2013 academic year, he will be Chair-Elect of Loyola’s Council of Graduate School Programs. He teaches Introduction to Epidemiologic Methods to MPH students, and offers a 1-month elective in Public Health Sciences to medical students. He is also developing a course in social epidemiology methods.
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