The mission of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (EB) is to apply, develop, and teach approaches to understanding the distribution and determinants of disease in populations in order to generate knowledge that can be used to improve public health.
The epidemiology program focuses on descriptive and analytic approaches used to understand the complex causes of major public health problems and to develop effective strategies to prevent them.
The biostatistics program focuses on the development and application of theory and methods in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data used in public health and other biomedical sciences.
In addition to teaching and research activities specifically in epidemiology and biostatistics, the Department supports second-year MPH concentrators in Epidemiology & Biostatistics, as well as students in the MS in Biostatistics and PHD in Epidemiology programs. We seek to train practitioners, researchers and public health workers so that they can make meaningful contributions in these fields.
The Department is committed to collaborative inquiry with colleagues in related disciplines and to fostering thoughtful implementation of epidemiology and biostatistics methods in public health practice. Research areas include aging; autism spectrum disorders; biostatistical methods; cancer; cardiovascular disease; data analysis; diet and heart disease; environmental / built environment; environmental risk factors for diseases; neurodevelopmental disorders; infectious disease & prevention; nutrition, physical activity; sampling and survey modeling; social and psychiatric and obesity.