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EPI-BIO Overview

The division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (EPI-BIO) comprises two separate teaching programs in the School of Public Health (SPH).

Epidemiology, the basic science of public health, studies the distribution and determinants of disease and other health-related events. Epidemiologic methods help us establish links between risk factors and disease, clarify disease distributions, elucidate the natural history of diseases, assess the effectiveness of public health interventions, and evaluate the use of health resources.

Biostatistics refers the development and application of statistical methods in biology, medicine, public health, and other life sciences. Such methods allow us to better characterize public health problems, and to draw important inferences about them. Along with designing studies, students learn how to manage, analyze, and interpret data in a way that illuminates the complexities of public health.

EPI-BIO offers a wide range of degrees, helping students gain professional expertise while honing their research skills. Learn more about our degree requirements and objectives:

Epidemiology Degrees

Biostatistics Degrees

Center for Biostatistical Development

The Center for Biostatistical Development (CBD) provides a biostatistical research environment aimed at fostering and developing innovative methods to address health-related scientific problems.  The CBD also provides education and training, via lectures and workshops, to increase the accessibility and use of the novel statistical methods. 

Areas of particular interest include methods for developing clustered designs, longitudinal studies, clinical trials, Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) studies, missing data and observational studies. 

The overall goal of the CBD is to provide and disseminate biostatistical research that will address and advance questions in the health sciences.

 

 

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